for writers and readers….

Writing from the Dark Side: Jane Lythell talks about the flawed characters in her novels

Jane and I belong to the same group of authors – the Beach Hut Writers – and, although we’ve met before, we really got talking when we shared a table … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Research in Fiction – re-discovering the miners’ strike. Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson, author of Public Battles, Private Wars

I’m delighted to be handing my blog over today to a gifted novelist whose latest novel shines a torch on women who were part of the miners’ strike in 1984 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Time Traveling With A Pen — memories and memoirs

I’m not here right now. I’m over on Kathy Pooler’s fascinating blog Memoir Writer’s Journey posting about how to locate memories and use the techniques of creative writing to write … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Do Writers need Creative Writing Exercises?

You won’t be surprised that I am going to say yes to that question as I’ve just produced a book of 30 exercises, BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL, but what … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

I’m not being rude, but it would be lovely if you went away right now…

…oh, no! Wait, maybe I could have phrased that better, damn words getting in the wrong place. All I was hoping is that you would pop over and read my … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

Creative writing in the classroom – visit my guest post

I’m not here right now. For one day only I am on Michelle Proulx’s blog.  You can read me HERE on the most intimidating blank page anyone will ever experience…and … Continue reading

May 23, 2013 · 2 Comments