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The first session of the Masters is done…

Well. How did that happen? Three months have evaporated. It has been the most intense, all-consuming ‘thing’ that I’ve done in a very long time. It is a very long time since I worked full-time (then a 60-hour week, no… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Release The Bats, by DBC Pierre

“Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. DBC Pierre reveals everything he learned the hard way.” I haven’t read Vernon… Continue Reading →

You must drink champagne immediately…

I typed THE END last week. Then I wrote it in my scratchy pen on my scene tracker. Then I nearly cried. I texted my sister, my mum, Jane (of Writing Retreat fame). My sister was the first to come… Continue Reading →

My second Writing Retreat

(photo credit to The Writing Retreat) I wasn’t going to attend another writing retreat this year, but Kath Morgan and Jane Moss enticed me by the subject matter. The hook was ‘The Narrative Structure’. I wasn’t disappointed. In truth, I… Continue Reading →

Heading back to Retreat…

It’s Monday, and as this goes live, I’ll be on my way to the lovely Rosemerryn for another week at The Writing Retreat. I wouldn’t usually allow myself the luxury of two retreats in a year, but I was drawn… Continue Reading →

Highly commended!

I was delighted to receive the news recently, and the certificate this week, that my short story Maiden Voyage was selected for praise in The Sherbourne Literary Festival. Over 80 entries, with 3 prizes and 3 highly commended. How cool… Continue Reading →

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