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.”

Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder

‘Romancing the Gibbet’ is a collaboration between poet, Ralph Hoyte and historian, Steve Poole, exploring ‘dark tourism’ at sites of extraordinary public execution in Georgian Britain. Poole explains the historical background of a single public hanging. A case from 1772, when William Keeley was found guilty of murdering Joseph Dyer after spotting him flashing hisContinue reading “Romancing the Gibbet (4) The Morrismen Murder”

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”

Listening to Alexis Deacon

Listening to Alexis Deacon born in New York this award-winning illustrator and writer loves storytelling “I always knew I was going to be in illustrator because sharing and trying to communicate was so important to me. understanding of the stories help us to do that” Alexis’s number one tip for writers: “start as close toContinue reading “Listening to Alexis Deacon”

It’s beginning to hurt.

James Lasdun, winner of this year’s inaugural national short story prize wrote ‘It’s Beginning to Hurt’ in just 500 words. we were set the challenge of borrowing one of his character’s and write their story within the same, or near to. time frame. so this is Beginning to Hurt from Derrick’s view in 460 words. It’s beginningContinue reading “It’s beginning to hurt.”

Just Back Travel

Just back: Bear facts in your face (Slug line; Tubby bear can run!) “You’ll get close to nature here” said the Fast-Gas service attendant. His welcoming smile a pleasure though the open car window as he filled up our tank. It was a wonderful chance to the road for our Vancouver rented Pontiac sunbird (aContinue reading “Just Back Travel”

New Beginnings

Kidderminster College Competition for budding flash fiction writers began this week. Thought I would share my entry: A New Beginning Felix log Sorbate day 31st Even now it has not stopped. Our ship pitches back and forth. Her great mass swings in deep relentless waves. The only chance I get to write is in theContinue reading “New Beginnings”

WEA Creative Writing Tr2 Wk2.1

Q; A 20 minutes timed writing task; In 200 words or less write a monologue from the point of view of the security guard or police officer who caught your shoplifter, Security officer “Yes well I’m sorry sir but it’s still stealing. If you have 30 pink cardigans already do you really think this oneContinue reading “WEA Creative Writing Tr2 Wk2.1”