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TIPS & EXERCISES
Dialogue doesn’t just happen. It is crafted to serve a purpose. So, don’t have your dialogue just sit there like a…
Creating Dialogue with Purpose
Create a character. Imagine them in as much detail as you can. For example, in terms of their gender, age, race,…
Do It Yourself
So much of writing is focused on ‘getting published’ by someone else: a magazine, a newspaper or a publishing house.
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.
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21 Jun 2021 / The Stories We Tell
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My Arvon Journey – Tim Relf
10 May 2021 / My Arvon Journey
I first went on a residential Arvon course more than 25 years ago.
It was at Moniack Mhor, a remote farmhouse…
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
The Jewish Children’s Book Awards for Writing and Illustration: Now Open for Submissions!
The Jewish Children’s Book Awards aim to celebrate work by authors and illustrators living in Europe, the UK and Israel working on inspiring and relevant stories for young children based on Jewish history, values and traditions. One author and one illustrator will each receive a £1000 prize and their work will be considered for publication by Green Bean Books. The judging panel is comprised of author and chair of the book selection committee of PJ Library Chris Barash, publisher of Green Bean Books Michael Leventhal, director of the Children’s and YA department at Kinneret-Zmora-Dvir Yael Molchadsky and translator and author Lawrence Schimel.Submissions are open and close on 1 September, 2021. For further details please click this post, visit jewishbookweek.com/prizes-and-awards, or head on over to greenbeanbooks.com/award.
Bradford Literature Festival – Opportunity for New Writers
With over 500 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, Bradford Literature Festival are celebrating the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms. Every year they invite world-renowned authors, poets, speakers, musicians and artists to visit their spectacular city and share their knowledge and passions with you, the audience. Bradford Literature Festival 2021 will include both live and digital events, browse and book from Tuesday 2nd June, 10am.
Mslexia Fiction Competition 2021 Now Open For Entries
The prestigious Mslexia Fiction Competition is now open for entries, with a judging panel including Hilary Mantel (!), AL Kennedy, Marianne Tatepo and the agent, Jo Unwin – plus a prize pot worth over £10,000! There are three categories (Novel, Short Story, Flash Fiction) and winners and many finalists go on to great things. The closing date for all categories is 20 September 2021. Click this post to explore further.