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TIPS & EXERCISES
Writing for Children & YA
Start with a scenario – this might be a random picture, a very short scene from a novel, a few lines…
Avoid getting stuck: use multiple notebooks
Writing can be hard, particularly if you’re stuck at a certain point. It’s easy to feel tied to the last thing…
50 shades of character – 50 character questions
As a writer, you need to know your characters better than they know themselves. The way to believable, complex, story-laden characters…
5-Day Poetry Challenge
To celebrate National Writing Day on June 26th, we're running a 5-day poetry challenge via email. Over the course of five days from June 24th to 28th you'll shape up a poem from first to final draft with guidance and exercises from poet Jen Hadfield.
Andrew McMillan – #Arvon50
21 May 2019 / #Arvon50
When I was just about to graduate from undergraduate study, Arvon began to run a scheme, connected to an anniversary, where…Read more
Rebecca Goss – Teenagers, friendship and a week at Lumb Bank
16 May 2019 / #Arvon50
In March 2014 I spent five days at the beautiful Arvon Lumb Bank site and it was (unusually) basked in sunshine…Read more
Karin Altenberg – Lumb Bank
07 May 2019 / #Arvon50
When I first arrived at Lumb Bank, the taxi driver who delivered me from Hebden Bridge told me how lucky I…Read more
Creative Nonfiction – Call for Submissions
Creative Nonfiction are seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to power. They are looking for true stories that explore the dynamics within groups and systems, however big or small—for example, family units, schools, sports, churches, and government. Deadline: June 10, 2019.
Two-Day Short Course: Funding for Writing Projects
Writing West Midlands is running a two half-day course looking at what types of writing projects might attract public and private funding and how to make a good application. It will focus on funding from Arts Council England through their Lottery Project Grants scheme and their Developing Your Creative Practice scheme. Birmingham, June 8 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm £25.
The Big Issue Crime Writing Competition
The Big Issue has joined forces with Avon, HarperCollins to find Britain's next great crime writer. The competition accepts submissions from across the UK and the winner will receive a two-book deal with the HarperCollins division Avon. To enter, send the complete manuscript plus a synopsis of no more than 100 words. Entry is free. Deadline 31 May.