Category Archives: Events

4 (Random!) Things I’ve Learned This Week

1. If I want to write a (half decent) novel then I need a PREMISE. Does everyone else have a premise? It’s your core statement, a description of the novel in one sentence, it’s what you’re trying to ‘prove’ or … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Events, Novels | Tagged | 24 Comments

The Art of Giving Feedback

It’s half term this week (*and breathe….*), so, with no class to teach and things ‘quiet’ in other areas of work, I’m having a bit of ‘me time’. (Please note pile of books to be read, some from last week’s … Continue reading

Posted in Events | Tagged | 8 Comments

Out of This World!

I’m back. Given my last, rather painful post, just prior to zipping off to the Isle of Wight, you might have been wondering if I’d thrown myself onto The Needles. But no. (Actually they were a lot smaller than I … Continue reading

Posted in Competitions, Events, Short Stories | Tagged | 10 Comments

A ‘Helen-Fest’ & A Short Story Workshop @ ChipLitFest

On Sunday I went to an excellent workshop on Writing Stories for the Women’s Magazine Market, run by Helen Hunt, at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival. I think I was the only person there (apart from Helen herself, of course!) … Continue reading

Posted in Cotswolds, Events, Magazines, Networking, Short Stories, Successes | Tagged | 17 Comments

GOLF: My favourite four-letter word

Oh, I do like a weekend at home. Especially as, the dog and I are fed, walked and watered and Himself has toddled off for the day to play in a golf tournament. Which also involves dinner. And when he … Continue reading

Posted in Cotswolds, Events | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Dun Rome-in’

I am back from The Eternal City. It seems to have taken me all week to a) recover! (erm, there was a lot of walking and a lot of Negronis and b) to get into the swing of writing again. … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Men | Tagged , , | 14 Comments

A Storm In A Tea Cup?

If anyone still thinks writing for women’s magazines, such as Woman’s Weekly, is only for amateurs, may I turn your attention to page 27 of the current Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special (March issue)? It contains a short story (‘Hot Pork … Continue reading

Posted in Competitions, Events, Novels | Tagged | 9 Comments