BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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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

A story is more like a house than a journey…Alice Munro QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 15 Comments

What comes next? Join in this group story writing challange

WE had two stories running at the same time. I ended this one yesterday (see how it all worked out) but the other is still live. And you can join … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

The biggest prize in the world for a short story

This writing competition has it all. It is free. It is international. Entries can have already been published. Entries can be up to 6000 words long. First prize is £30,000 … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Do we hate short stories in the UK?

You would be forgiven for thinking that’s true because very, very few collections are published by British publishers. But hold, I hear you say: I like reading short stories…(you did … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Short stories explode – novels smoke, says Paolo Bacigalupi Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

International short story competition

Le me be frank, the prizes on offer in the Willesden Herald short story competition won’t raise your blood pressure. 1st prize is a one-off Willesden Herald mug inscribed “The … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 17 Comments

A writing competition about England’s future

The website England’s Future History is looking for short stories between 500 and 3000 words set in England at any point in the future. The organisers are clear what they … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · 17 Comments

Come up with an orginal story idea in three easy steps – a creative writing exercise to start the week

I came up with this writing exercise when I was on holiday recently and overheard someone say that the first idea  isn’t always the best idea. The exercise worked for … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

A Short Story is a like a knife…Michael Swanwick Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

What a good short story should do — Alice Munro Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

A CHAIN STORY for you to write….your go next

Same rules as last time…write up to two sentences at a time (and remember that Go! is a perfectly good sentence). You can have as many turns as you like … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 16 Comments

Writing about the beast within – get your pens out for this unusual competition

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded (the always cheerful) Gustave Flaubert I’m posting news about this writing competition because of the subject you have to tackle – … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 5 Comments

Write a Short Story for Radio

Carried in Waves is a short story competition for radio organised by University College Cork. The brief is wide: the story can be on any subject, written in any style, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 10 Comments