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Breakthrough 2018: 12 week novel writing course

This course is now FULL Do keep an eye on this page for future courses   My new 12 week Breakthrough novel writing course begins in January  in central Cambridge. This course is designed to help writers who have begun a novel to complete a draft or to regain motivation in order to move on. […]

Obsession— my recurring theme. What’s yours?

  Sometimes, as a writer, it’s helpful to identify a common thread that weaves through our work. This can draw our focus back when our story-line begins to wander.  Identifying a consistent theme may help us rediscover the enthusiasm we felt when we started writing. It’s what makes our work unique, after all, what delineates […]

Thick Skin Thin Skin, (how a writer needs both.)

I recently rediscovered a short story I used to love. It’s by Graham Greene, and it’s called ‘The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen.’   In the story, the narrator eavesdrops on a young couple having dinner in a restaurant. The woman is bragging to her fiancé about the advance on her first novel ‘The Chelsea Set,’ due […]

Refuge – short stories GalleyBeggarPress

Refuge is a  collection of short stories put together in order to raise money for the refugee crisis. It includes some fantastic pieces from some of my favourite authors, Stella Duffy included.  It’s an honour  to be listed alongside them.  For just a fiver you can contribute to the lives of people who have had […]

Guardian Masterclass

Starting to write Crime Fiction with Penny Hancock and Kate Rhodes Crime fiction writers, if you need a boost, come along to our Guardian Masterclass on 2nd and 3rd May and let us help you realise your ideas http://www.theguardian.com/guardian-masterclasses/2015/mar/18/starting-to-write-fiction-penny-hancock-writing-course

Breakthrough: Write Your Novel

Testimonials The encouragement and guidance I received from Penny and my fellow writers restored my flagging faith in what I was trying to do. It can be difficult to talk about your writing to a group of strangers but Penny was able to establish a calm and supportive atmosphere from the start. Raili Taylor   […]

Where Do Stories Come From?

Where do stories come from? The other day one of my oldest friends was clearing out her attic and found a letter I’d written to her thirty years ago…. Friday Sept 24 1982 ‘At the moment I’m feeling a little shaken up since we drove home through very wet dark streets & I almost knocked […]