Writing advice, author interviews and more

Competition: Win a place at the Short Story Retreat

March 25, 2016
From June 17th to 21st, Paul McVeigh and I will be teaching short story writing at this amazing location on Chesil Beach, also home to the stunning cliffs pictured above. There are just 6 spaces to join us at the Short Story Retreat and you could win one of them by entering this competition. What

Guest post: Virginia Moffatt and the Unbound experience

March 23, 2016
A big welcome today to Virginia Moffatt, who sent in her work regularly for the competitions and I’ve enjoyed reading it very much. So I was thrilled for her when Echo Hall got picked up by Unbound; and curious to find out more about her and her writing…   I am hugely grateful to

From novice to novelist by Christmas

March 21, 2016
Make 2016 year the year you go from being a novice writer to a novelist with the 8 Month Novel course. The first one starts next month so you could have a complete first draft of your novel by Christmas. You can get all the info on the course here and spaces are limited to just five writers.

Guest Post: Of Monsoons and Memories

March 16, 2016
My guest author today is Renita D’Silva – she’s talking about the inspiration for her debut novel, Monsoon Memories, which came out in 2014 and covers lots of my favourite elements in a novel – secrets, lies and family ties…   On freezing, windswept afternoons,

February 2016 Themed Flash Results

March 14, 2016
Thanks to everyone that entered the vanity-themed flash competition. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and as always the quality of writing was excellent.  I’m delighted to announce the winners are… Great voice and setting details so that I was instantly transported there walking

David Gaffney and writing flash

March 11, 2016
Many thanks, David. Excellent advice around the third act.