BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS from Asian Noir to the poetry of Graham Mort…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

BY Sophie Jenkins. Sophie lives in north London and her novel The Forgotten Guide to Happiness is about memory and the enduring power of love. Twitter: @sophiejenkinsuk sophie@sophiejenkinsauthor.com  What’s the first … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS from knights in armour to Simon Schama…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

This is the start of a new series on the books we remember, the books that have changed our lives and the books we are reading right now…and by ‘we’ … Continue reading

June 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHAT IS A SHORT STORY? Writing Article Number 2 from the Archive

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

Read HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS if you’re coming to my new writing course, or even if you aren’t…

I’ve handed out copies of Hemingway’s famous short story to students I’ve met who are enrolling in my new course and I thought I should also mention it here. It … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

All Good Books are Alike…Ernest Hemingway Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 12 Comments

What is a short story?

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 29 Comments

Did Hemingway really write Baby Shoes? The legend of the six word story

Last week in a post about flash fiction resources I mentioned Ernest Hemingway’s famous six word story “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  I added that he is supposed to … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 9 Comments

FLASH FICTION Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (with no fat), postcard fiction and in China it translates to a palm sized smoke … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 5 Comments