Writing advice for the short fiction competitions.

A little writing guide here. It’s not a definitive guide on- How To Write A Short Story. Although, it will give you a few pointers as to what our judges look for when they’re reading entries. The beginning. Make sure you grab the reader’s attention immediately. You don’t have many words, so use them wisely. MakeContinue reading “Writing advice for the short fiction competitions.”

Exploring Coats of Arms

When i’m not studying National Heritage and History I moonlight as a storyteller and one half of a writing team with Kevin Brooke published Children’s author from Worcestershire. This weekend as part of World Heritage Day [19-20 September] we were invited to Harlebury Castle to make some stories about their history and preform them toContinue reading “Exploring Coats of Arms”

Writer’s Statement.

Writer’s Statement. I’m Seraphim Bryant and I write for young adults who like thrillers and a bit of fantasy. Also, I write and illustrate picture books in young children’s fiction which are frequently about social issues and citizenship. My style is very open, it’s quite conversational. This is because I like people so much andContinue reading “Writer’s Statement.”

The Conversation Challenge

  Task: write a conversation where there are …. A.      All gender-neutral pronouns.  No, He or She B.      No gender obvious names. C.      Setting must be a café D.      And the characters are exchanging gifts. My Attempt                 The streets were swollen with people. Manic delivery drivers parked in the road and ignored the angryContinue reading “The Conversation Challenge”

The Prize-winning Poem

The Prize-winning Poem It will be typed, of course, and not all in capitals: it will use upper and lower case in the normal way; and where a space is usual it will have a space. It will probably be on white paper, or possibly blue, but almost certainly not pink. It will not beContinue reading “The Prize-winning Poem”

Meeting Stephanie Hale

Meeting Stephanie Hale arranged by our tutor Julia at Worcester university. Julia and Stephanie met working for the BBC. Stephanie Hale was the former Assistant Director of the Creative Writing Diploma at Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education and is now the director of Oxford Writers literacy consultancy. Stephanie’s advice for new authors is primarily to researchContinue reading “Meeting Stephanie Hale”