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Win a place on the October Fantastic Flashing course

September 16, 2018
Flash Fiction Competition We love comps at Retreat West and we love flash fiction! So our latest competition is to win a place on the October 2018 Fantastic Flashing online course (15th to 28th). Designed and taught by me, it’ll get you creating oodles of new work, reading lots of flashes to

Win a How To Write a Page Turner Course

September 3, 2018
Win a How To Write a Page Turner Course We love comps that get you writing more! Our latest one is to win our new online course from Rose McGinty – How To Write a Page Turner. Something we all need to know! There are four prizes up for grabs. The course will teach you about injecting urgency

Winners of the Reunion themed flash competition

August 31, 2018
Themed Flash Competition: Reunion Winners I’ve been reading the shortlist over and over again on different days, at different times, when I’m in different moods, seeing so much in all of them that made me dither over the runners-up repeatedly. But my top spot was never in any doubt from

Creating complex characters: Esther in Frozen Music

August 28, 2018
Creating complex characters: Esther in Frozen Music Frozen Music by Marika Cobbold stars Esther, and I liked her a lot. She is a prime example of the 3 Cs of Character, which is one of the characterisation tools I use in my teaching and is a good way to get to know the people who take root in our