Monthly Archives: December 2010

Competitions And Critiques

The February 2011 (yes, really!) issue of ‘Writers’ Forum’ magazine is just out and I have a story on page 40. I entered the magazine’s monthly competition back in October and I was really pleased to come third (that’s two … Continue reading

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Test Out Your Title!

Courtesy of a newspaper at the gym (ahem, yes, I was there this morning, working off the Quality Street), I bring you tidings of – well, if not ‘great joy’, then hopefully at least ‘mild interest’: If you’re writing a … Continue reading

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Creative Writing Classes – Solihull

Have you always wanted to write short stories or a novel? Do you have a passion for poetry? Would you like to pen articles for possible publication or record your family history? If the answer to any of the above … Continue reading

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Winning Poem For ‘The Friendship Project’

Jo Bell, the director of National Poetry Day and co-programmer of The Ledbury Festival 2011 ran a charity poetry competition just before Christmas, which was ‘by invitation only’ – ie: only 250 of those she’d had some contact with over … Continue reading

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Go, Buddy, Go! (The Benefits of A Writing Buddy)

A little while ago I promised to write something about ‘writing buddies’, so here goes: What is a ‘writing buddy’? A ‘writing buddy’ is a fellow-writer with whom you can share work, ideas and encouragement.  Why do I need one? Writing … Continue reading

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World Book Night: 5th March 2011

I took my own good advice and went to the library yesterday. I trudged through the snow, to be exact but it was worth it because I picked up a leaflet about the very first ‘World Book Night’, which is due to … Continue reading

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And The Winner Is….

The competition to win a bundle of writing books has been won by TIM POPE, who left a comment on my blog on 23rd November and whose name was pulled out of the ‘hat’ (actually, a bowl) last night at my Christmas … Continue reading

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Love Your Local Library!

I have a letter in this month’s Writers News which I wrote in response to a plea from another reader.  Her printer had broken, she couldn’t afford a new one and she wondered if anyone knew of editors who accept … Continue reading

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4 Days To Go – Book Competition

The books are all wrapped up and ready to go. It says ‘property of Santa’, but they could be yours! Just leave a comment anywhere on my blog and I’ll add you into the draw, which takes place on 16th … Continue reading

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Chocolate & Poetry – Free Competition!

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I have, to my shame, neglected POETRY in my blog so far but I’m about to rectify that with news of the free-to-enter ‘Divine Chocolate Poetry Competition‘ (chocolate and verse – what a fabulous combination!) Another little … Continue reading

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