BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Win a University Place with this short story competition

The University of East London is breaking new ground with their free fiction competition, running for the first time this year. Open to young people aged 16-19 living or going … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Harry Potter and the American election

A high-level study has come to the conclusion that Harry Potter fans won’t be voting for Donald Trump today. The Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics (a non-partisan … Continue reading

November 8, 2016 · 4 Comments

A Woman Only Writing Competition with a special prize: time to write

Need space, time and hard cash in order to write?  Words And Women are offering all three to the winner of their 2016 prose competition. First prize is £1,000 and … Continue reading

November 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Reminder for writers of commerical fiction: major literary agent wants to see your manuscript

TOMORROW!! Check out my post about United Agents Open House policy throughout August. Tomorrow  is the day for commerical fiction authors.

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fiction sets the record straight…David Baldacci QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur. David Baldacci

August 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Meet a bestselling novelist with a passion for teaching – a member of the Beach Hut Writing Academy

Araminta Hall – the basics. Araminta worked for 10 years as a journalist before studying for a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Her first novel, Everything … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 6 Comments

Announcing the birth of something completely different in creative writing…

I’ve taught writing in art galleries and museums, draughty church halls and university lecture theatres. I’ve met some amazing people and I’m proud to say that I am still in … Continue reading

September 3, 2015 · 4 Comments

When we buy ebooks and When it has to be print…

At Nielsen Book’s annual conference (Nielsen are the people who count books worldwide) it was reported that many readers in Britain and the US buy both print and digital books … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Gabriel García Márquez on the origins of the very first fiction story – Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

Fiction was invented when Jonah arrived home and told his wife he was three days late because he’d been swallowed by a whale. ― Gabriel García Márquez photo credit: Rob Hughes … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Getting the Opening Write

Originally posted on The Proof Angel:
We assess people in the first few moments after meeting them. The same is true of writing. Whether it is a novel, an email…

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

The Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 23 Comments

International Writing Competition about Australia

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2013 is now open.  They accept every genre — the only catch is that your story must have some link to Australia. Length: maximum 1500 … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

THREE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS IN A GHOST STORY

From the archives – as I am in the middle of assignment season. I wrote this post in November 2010 and November  seems the right month for ghost stories. Here … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

First official UK ebook chart

If you’ve ever wondered how ebook sales compare with ‘real’ books The Bookseller – a London based magazine for the book trade that’s been going since Dickens was in his … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 1 Comment