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TIPS & EXERCISES
Overcoming A Block
I’ve almost finished my second novel. I’ve ‘almost finished’ like a stranded sailor whose finally spotted dry land in the offing….
Dress Up Your Writing Space
My mother-in-law owns the perfect place to write. It’s a flat with high ceilings and bookshelves on every wall, in every…
Dealing with Rejection
These are tough times, we know about the need to look after ourselves because of COVID but what about the need…
Free Arvon 5 Day Poetry Challenge with Malika Booker
Sign up for our free 5 Day Poetry Challenge.Each day, from Thursday 29 October to Monday 2 November you’ll receive a new exercise from acclaimed poet and veteran tutor, Malika Booker. By the end of the challenge you’ll have a draft of a brand-new poem!Themed around mythology, you’ll be looking at and responding to your favourite myths and folklore from around the world! Whether you’re new to poetry or looking for a new approach, Malika challenge will take you on a fresh, surprising journey to a new poem.
The Stories We Tell
In our new blog series, The Stories We Tell, leading writers share with you some of the inspirations, challenges and discoveries that led to the writing of their own stories, novels and poems.
Arvon’s ‘4th House’ declared permanently open
08 Apr 2021 / Chief Executive
Arvon’s ‘4th House’ reaches record-breaking number of adults and young people during the pandemic, expanding Arvon’s reach by 500%, and…Read more
Damian Barr – The Stories We Tell
19 Mar 2021 / The Stories We Tell
On Writing Memoir: Do You Feel Better Now?
As a boy I carried secrets – they slid to the…
Jane Rogers – The Stories We Tell
26 Feb 2021 / The Stories We Tell
‘Where do you get your ideas?’ It’s a question often asked of writers, and indeed a question I…
All Stories mentoring programme for underrepresented children’s book writers
Are you an aspiring children’s or young adult book writer from an underrepresented background? The brand-new All Stories mentorship programme could be for you! This is a unique and free opportunity to be mentored by an expert editor, with 14 mentorships on offer to underrepresented writers unable to pay for support. Applications are open until 31st May, with the mentorships running from September 2021 to February 2022. Find out more by clicking on this post.
The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize 2021 Closing Soon
The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is for original, unpublished short fiction up to 2,000 words. The aim of the Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why they've teamed up with fourteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a cash prize and writing retreats but to ensure that all our shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries. Deadline is 30 April. Find out more by clicking this post.
Playing With Fire: Peer to Peer Survivor Writing
Playing With Fire is a platform for survivor writing organised by the artist Jet Moon. A live reading is taking place on Saturday April 24 at 6pm, which will be live streamed and you can book a ticket by clicking on this post. A free zine collecting the readings for the event and tips for survivor writers will be posted out to the first hundred pre-registered guests, and the artists invite guests to read along with them and connect on the page.