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What reviewers and readers say about BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL


I found this book really useful. There are loads of exercises that you can dip into and whilst I didn’t try them all, the ones I did were extremely practical and certainly got the creative juices flowing. For any writer who needs a kick start, this book is invaluable…The book is well set out and the activities easy to pick and choose from. My only regret is that I didn’t read this book sooner as now I may just have to go back and check my own novel for all kinds of literary devices that hadn’t occurred to me before. A great aid to writers that should be compulsory reading – Bridget’s book that is – not mine!

Stuart Aken writing blog UK
“…Bridget Whelan’s writing style is inviting and friendly without straying into the uncomfortable intimacy that a casual approach can sometimes involve. She presents her lessons in small chunks of entertainingly written advice gleaned from experience of writing and of teaching writing students. And she provides exercises that are well thought out and manageable whilst retaining a challenging element designed to make the reader really consider what it is they are being asked to do…”

Hunting Down Writing writing blog Australia
“…I thoroughly enjoyed the fun exercises, one of which I randomly chose and offered me a way on with my stuck novel for NaNoWriMo this month. Yay me! Or should I say, yay Bridget and the book…”

Denise Watson writing blog Spain
Many books are much or a muchness but this one was so very different.  From the very outset, I wanted to do the exercises, rather than skipping them like I usually do.  The information she provides gave me lots of ideas on how I could improve my work.  She talked about scrabble words, throwing stones at your characters, evoking sensations, personification, drip feeding information, linking sound with movement, humour understatements and reversals, the five fears and ….. well ….. buy the book.
If Bridget can give such information in a book, what does she give in courses?

Essgee Amazon US
“…Bridget Whelan is a breath of fresh air in an arena cluttered with would-be ‘experts’… the title is a red herring, plain and simple this no tutorial classroom primer…”

UK Reader Amazon UK
“As a creative writing lecturer I regularly check out new materials in this field. This title is one of those that will remain on my Kindle indefinitely and will be repeatedly recommended to my writing students. The exercises are useful and pertinent. The writing style is a balance of academic wisdom and a writer’s common sense. And all of this is supported by an easy-to-read approach with no signs of limitations…”

4 comments on “What reviewers and readers say about BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

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  2. glenavailable
    March 29, 2015

    The best ‘how to’ writing book I’ve ever bought – and I’ve bought a few. Down to earth and written in a non-preachy sort of way, her advice is easily digested but with enough zest and sparkle that it doesn’t sound like you’ve heard it all before. Nothing like the dry martini of some other instructionals but more the literary equivalent of a smooth mango daiquiri with lychee twist. Particuarly enjoyed the chapter entitled “THE HORROR! THE HORROR! on writing ghost stories.

    The author describes herself as a “slow writer by inclination” (p 129) and for that we should be thankful because this book is very well thought out not to mention comforting and inspriring. Thanks to Bridget I also now know what litotes are!
    Includes many references to interesting websites eg.
    as well as other recommended guides.

    I purchased this book simply for its title and am so glad I did.Prized and helpful to the extreme, BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL deserves it’s reputation as the creative writing bible. Cherishable.

    • bridget whelan
      March 29, 2015

      Thank you for your glorious review – I should really print it out, frame it and look at it whenever writing feels as dreary as trudging through mud in oversized wellingtons. Thank you also for posting it on AmazonUS and AmazonUK – that’s really helpful. Could I be cheeky and suggest you might want to be the first reviewer on Well, if you don’t ask…

  3. glenavailable
    March 29, 2015

    If I had my way Bridget, this review would be front page of the New York Times! Amazon Australia – now done. Goodreads – done. The cheeky pleasure, as they say, was all mine.

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