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GALLEYCAT covers everything a writer or a reader might be remotely interested in: there’s publishing news with an American slant but with a decent international perspective, writers resources which at … Continue reading

April 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Getting pigeon-holed by Dragons – TERRY PRATCHETT Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Isabel Allende on why English is the best language for writers

I try to write beautifully, but accessibly. In the romance languages, Spanish, French, Italian, there’s a flowery way of saying things that does not exist in English. My husband says … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment


Short Stops is a new – very new – website dedicated to the short storyin the UK and Ireland. It officially opens on Sunday November 17th but it is already … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) writers and icebergs

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows… The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

READING LIKE A WRITER – putting rhythm into prose

“Words have music and if you are a musician you will write to hear them” – E.L. Doctorow Rhythm isn’t the sole preserve of poets or musicians – prose writers … Continue reading

October 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) WRITERS AND MONEY

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. Jules Renard         photo credit: @Doug88888 via photopin cc

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) characters

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Flash Fiction with an edge at Brighton Digital Festival

The Brighton Digital Festival is currently running throughout September and there’s a whole host of events and opportunities for writers. Today and tomorrow RICHARD HEARN writer, magazine columnist and creator of … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 5 Comments

Carnival of Blogging Advice for Writers – to celebrate my first year on WordPress

What’s a carnival when it’s on a blog and not on a village green with the smell of candy floss in the air? (For American readers I think that should … Continue reading

August 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Why do you want to be a writer?

Ask yourself why you want to be a writer. If your answer is to be rich, or famous, or published or in fact anything other than that you have a … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Come Write With Me — an invitation from Victoria Bantock

I’m handing over my blog today to Victoria so she can tell you about her new venture – The Creative Life Project.  We first met in a classroom (where I … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) American short story writer LORRIE MOORE

Most things good for writing are bad for life. “May your life be not very good material” is a blessing I offer students. —Lorrie Moore Find out more about Lorrie … Continue reading

July 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Apprentice Writers wanted

Word Factory was founded by journalist and writer Cathy Galvin to bring the very best short story writers together for readings, masterclasses and to create new work. Events are held … Continue reading

July 27, 2013 · 1 Comment