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Literature Works New Writer Conference

Literature Works New Writer Conference Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM This brand new New Writers Conference, hosted by Literature Works, aims to support writers throughout the writing process from start to publication, giving you all the information you need to be successful. From finishing the writing and polishing through to…

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What’s the Taste of Autumn?

Autumn is a particularly sensual time of year. As animals, we feel the change in the air; the fading light of summer, the chill in the air and the falling leaves reminding us that all things must come to an end. As writers, autumn can remind us to use all the senses when we describe a…

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The Magnetic North

I finished reading The Magnetic North by Sarah Wheeler the other week, the book chronicles her journeys around the Arctic Circle from Siberia through Alaska and Greenland and ending in the European Russia by of Svalbard and Lapland. Each region merits a chapter of its own and through her experiences in the 21st Arctic we…

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A Legacy of Books

Write a bequest of a books from a parent to their child, what would they say? what are their intentions? To whom would someone leave their books and why? Are they bequeathed to a family member, or a friend? Are they expected to read the books, sell them or curate them? Books complete with ticket stub bookmarks, annotations and…

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Bare Fiction Prize 2014 Taking Entries in October

The Bare Fiction Prize is open for entries, until 31 October. Calling all poetry (max 40 lines), flash fiction (max 500 words) and short stories (max 3,000) for a chance to win £500 (1st), £200 (2nd) and £100 (3rd) for each category with 4 commendations of £25 each. The prize also includes publication in the…

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Isle of the Dead – a Picture

Sometimes a picture is enough to spark a story idea. I once attended a workshop, as part of Buddleigh Salterton Literary Festival. We were all given the same image and 30 minutes to write a story, based on that photo. No two stories were alike and mine became a short, I called ‘Peaches’. Your writing…

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The promised land

This morning’s writing prompt is… You have left your homeland with your family and several others in a fleet of ships. You land on what appears to be an empty and fruitful land. How would you and your family adapt? Or would you try and live as you did in your old land? Would your…

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A Study in Scarlet

Today’s good read is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet. This was the first story featuring Sherlock Holmes, published in 1887 it was, like all great fiction, a pioneering concept and contributed to a new and developing genre, detective fiction. In Sherlock Holmes we have a character who is both perennially enigmatic and yet…

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A Stranger Calls

The best stories can come from the smallest seed. Sometimes all it takes is a situation to create that spark and get you excited. It may be something mundane, but when asked in the context of a story, a spider’s web of ideas and directions open up. Your writing prompt: A character comes home after…