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Kick-Start the Novel Jun 29 2015

Session 6 – The End Is The Beginning This course is now complete, and those of you who have worked through it from the beginning are now at the stage where you need to bring your own critical jud...

JUNE GIVEAWAY WITH GOODREADS Jun 22 2015

Compass Points: Creating Meaningful Dialogue Poor dialogue is one of the main reasons for a publisher’s reader glazing over when reading a first-time novel, where the author has seen fit to inclu...

I’LL TAKE ROMANCE ... NO MATTER HOW IT COMES Jun 17 2015

Romance – in all its guises – still claims the widest marketplace for writers.   From the earliest ballads of the troubadour, through Shakespeare and the Brontes,  to Mills and Boon and Bla...

A CHANGE OF DIRECTION Jun 9 2015

All of us like to try our hand at fiction now and again – or we might have already had some success in one field and want to explore a different genre.  Every area of fiction writing has its ow...

Kick-Start the Novel – Session 5 May 28 2015

Bones & Padding Writing the first draft of a novel is the easy part. You’ve off-loaded all the ideas, introduced an interesting sub-plot, got all the characters going in the right direction....

DIVERSITY ... LOOK, LEARN AND LISTEN May 18 2015

Just like the farming community, diversification should be the watch-word for all writers. And no-one is more diverse in choosing his subject matter than Simon Whaley. His first book, 100 Ways For A D...

NEW BOOKS

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