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.”

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.”

What About Raymond Carver?

Though Raymond Carver published only a handful of books in his lifetime, he is often considered one of the great American short story writers. Debate still exists as to whether to consider Carver a minimalist for his frequent use of sparse language, a voice of the working class for his commitment to ‘ordinary’ characters, orContinue reading “What About Raymond Carver?”

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”

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”