for writers and readers….

Until we can party again – I’ve slashed the price of my creative writing guide

Back To Creative Writing School is now just £4 which is the lowest price it has ever been. And it’s going to stay that low until I can: Browse in … Continue reading

March 31, 2020 · 1 Comment

Big Reduction! Christmas Sale of Creative Writing Book

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – at last. I’ve had decorators in since early October and yesterday evening the last one left. I’ve made that sound as … Continue reading

December 15, 2018 · Leave a comment

Writers need exercise….quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without … Continue reading

December 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

5 Top Flash Fiction Tips for Writers – Hysteria Writing Competition

FLASH FICTION goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (no fat allowed) and postcard fiction. I gather in China it translates to a palm-sized … Continue reading

June 14, 2014 · 3 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

For 24 hours only BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL will be free

Next Monday December 2nd my new ebook is free to download.* Word of mouth still sells more books than anything else which I find heartening, but before someone can recommend … Continue reading

November 29, 2013 · 4 Comments

How to make a tired woman very happy…

Two very nice things happened at the end of a long day. First a five star* review of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL from a creative writing lecturer who wrote … Continue reading

November 21, 2013 · 10 Comments


30 exercises 33,000 words An ebook you can download to your phone, your Ipad, your laptop, your PC…using this free app from Amazon HERE (and it is a doddle to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 15 Comments


I’m very excited about the cover. I think the designer did a brilliant job. I’m very excited that it will be out in a couple of weeks – publication date … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · 6 Comments

Ten good reasons to study creative writing …. some might surprise you

1) It’s a vocational subject. In every job and area of life it’s valuable to be able communicate as clearly and effectively as possible. 2) It could help you get … Continue reading

August 22, 2013 · 12 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week ……Scrabble Scramble

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: IT’S SUMMER! do something different

Here in the UK it’s been a long grim winter and a grey-sky spring, but at long last the whole island can feel the sun’s warmth and wake up to … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

What’s the worst thing a student could do in a creative writing class?

 I came across Cathy Dreyer humorous example of epistolary fiction in the summer when I discovered her blog Write a Novel In 10 Minutes Flat (a title that has its … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 3 Comments