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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.
My Arvon Journey – Hannah Storm
14 Jul 2021 / My Arvon Journey
As a child I dreamt of being a writer, of travelling the world and telling stories. Journalism offered me the opportunity…Read more
Tim Pears – The Stories We Tell
21 Jun 2021 / The Stories We Tell
Out of conflicting pressures in the unsettled weather ever present in a writer’s head – in all…
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…
Periscope Flash Fiction Contest 2021 Now Open
Periscope Literary are running a Flash Fiction contest of 400 words on the theme of ‘Genius’. Prizes range from £800 to £200 and the entrance fee is £6. Deadline: Mon 30 Aug 2021. To submit or find out more, click this post.
The Northern Fiction Alliance Summer Showcase
This year's Northern Fiction Alliance Summer Showcase will feature newly published and forthcoming titles from the independent publishers 'And Other Stories', 'Bluemoose Books', 'Comma Press', 'Dead Ink' and 'Saraband' Books, with a packed line-up of author readings including Tice Cin, Heidi James, Courttia Newland, Harry Gallon & Jill Hopper. his outdoor event (weather permitting) will take place Tuesday 17th August at Partizan Brewing, London. Tickets are just £3 and limited to ensure social distancing - buy your ticket by clicking this post.
Apples & Snakes Present: The Red Sky Poetry Sessions
If you missed out on the first sessions then we have some good news! Apples & Snakes are running a second season of Red Sky Sessions in September. Over the course of five workshops, participants will explore themes and techniques to improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills through a series of workshops and talks from some of the country’s leading poets and facilitators. Free to join for participants aged 18 and over. Click this post to learn more. Closes 3 Sep | More info