NEW BOOKS

Compass Points - Edit is a Four-Letter Word

How to create the best first impression

Glynis Scrivens

Fiction - The Art and the Craft

How Fiction is Written and How to Write it

Colin Bulman

Compass Points: Building Your Story

A guide to structure and plot

Kelly Lawrence

Be a Travel Writer, Live your Dreams, Sell your Features

Travel Writing Step by Step

Solange Hando

Desiring Dragons

Creativity, imagination and the Writer's Quest

Kevan Manwaring

Compass Points - Passionate Plots

A Brief Guide to Writing Erotic Stories and Scenes

Kelly Lawrence

Compass Points - A Practical Guide to Poetry Forms

How to find the perfect form for your poem

Alison Chisholm

FROM THE BLOGS
How To Write A Chiller Thriller - Sally Spedding Jun 13 2016

Chiller is short for spine-chiller, which means a book, film etc. that arouses terror. A thriller means a book, film, play etc. which depicts a crime, mystery or espionage in an atmosphere of excit...

The Axeman Cometh How Your Local Psychopath Can Help with Character Creation by Nicholas Corder May 31 2016

According to Margaret Atwood, writers are like jackdaws – ‘we steal the shiny bits, and build them into the structures of our own disorderly nests’. This piece is all about a shiny bit I came ac...

Astro-characters: players on the stage of life by Judy Hall May 15 2016

All writers want to create compelling and believable characters – and they can with just a smidgen of astrological know-how. The zodiac signs are instantly recognisable archetypes with which a reade...

Turning Rejections into an Acceptance May 2 2016

When I started writing for the food, health and gardening markets it was a rocky road, littered with disappointment and rejection. But fortunately, with perseverance and determination, I’ve sinc...

A Positively Productive Writing Career by Simon Whaley Apr 19 2016

It all began with the letter Q. Or rather, with lots of words beginning with the letter Q. As a child I’d enjoyed doing word search puzzles on long car journeys, and I had the idea of creating a wor...

Insights of a writers’ conference organizer: Six things to remember if you want to make the most of your conference by Daniela Norris Mar 31 2016

I’ve been to several writers’ conferences over the past decade and always came out with something great – new tools, interesting ideas, useful contacts and always several new friends who are...

Want to Find A Writing Group? by Julie Phillips Mar 12 2016

Writing can be a lonely occupation. We sit in our writing spaces, typing away, alone, day after day. It is all too easy to turn into a hermit. But help is at hand. Out there are thousands of like-mi...