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Journalism and Fiction Writing

Journalism and Fiction Writing

Journalism and fiction writing are often seen as two very different beasts, but my years spent as a journalist have, without a doubt, informed my fiction writing, mostly for the better. As a journalist you quickly learn how to grab your reader from the very first sentence, after which you slowly unspool your tale, dropping […]

October 22, 2014 | By | Reply More
Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz: Research in Morocco

Qaisra Shahraz, born in Pakistan, is a critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter and has lived in Manchester since she was nine.  Her books have been published in numerous countries and translated into various languages. We asked her if she could tell us about her latest research for her novel based in Morocco. Apart from journalism, research […]

October 18, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell: How Motherhood Led me to Writing

Cerrie Burnell is an actress and well loved CBeebies presenter and one of the few visibly disabled presenters on television.  She wrote a wonderful piece for us last year (read it here) and we’re delighted to feature her again! Before I had my daughter, writing was a love which wove in and out of my […]

October 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Dorothy Richardson:The Forgotten Virginia Woolf

Louisa Treger’s biographical novel about Dorothy Richardson, peer of Virginia Woolf,  intrigues. Who was Dorothy Richardson? These days, Dorothy Richardson is a name few are familiar with; her work is overshadowed by that of her more famous peer, Virginia Woolf. Yet in her time, Dorothy was something of a cult figure. She was hailed as […]

October 14, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Which Writing Self is me?

Which Writing Self is me?

Do you know what’s propelling you forward and what’s holding you back in your writing and in your life? I do, thanks to a self awareness exercise** I do periodically. It’s helped me realise why it’s taken me over a year (and counting) to write the dreaded second novel while the first only took about […]

October 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
5 Writing Rules We Break!

5 Writing Rules We Break!

Rules schmules! Call us rebellious, but when it comes to writing, we think some rules were made to be broken. Never start a sentence with a conjunction. So I have impeccable grammar, if I do say so myself. The basics, I like to proudly declare, I’ve pretty much got down. It’s versus its. There, their […]

October 9, 2014 | By | 5 Replies More
Art From the Heart – Getting Out of the Way of Your Own Writing

Art From the Heart – Getting Out of the Way of Your Own Writing

There is a persistent idea in the West of the artist (not just we writers but artists of all types) as tortured creatures, pulling art out of ourselves in the way hara-kiri warriors once ripped out their own entrails. The unbearable weight of dragging art out in this way inevitably takes its toll and thus […]

October 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
You Are Not Unique

You Are Not Unique

My love of writing didn’t come to light until I actually sat down and did it formally. It wasn’t until a topic stirred me with such intensity that it made me realize that maybe it was worth sharing with the world. Once I put my proverbial pen down to rest, and sat back to admire […]

October 5, 2014 | By | 6 Replies More
From Journalist to Children’s Author

From Journalist to Children’s Author

It’s a funny thing, the permanency of a book. In the past month or so, I’ve been lucky enough to hold in my hands a book that I wrote – Celia and Nonna, illustrated by Kayleen West. Lucky, because over the past few years an element of Powerball lottery has crept into the traditional publishing […]

October 3, 2014 | By | Reply More
You Too Can Write Your Memoir

You Too Can Write Your Memoir

Four years ago if someone had told me I’d write a book, I would’ve told them they had mistaken me for someone else. For a real writer. Everything I’d written up to that point either had to do with college papers, my thesis, reports for work, or online articles on gardening in the desert. But […]

October 1, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More