First, thanks to Sarah for last week’s blog and I wish her every success with her book. Also I applaud her for getting to grips with her time management issues. As I’ve said before, this is something that many writers struggle with and if you’re one of them have a look at our Effective Time Management Course. It’s been written by Writers Bureau tutor, Simon Whaley – so he should know what he’s talking about.
Writer of the Year Award
As you know we’re currently accepting entries to our Writer of the Year Award. Any past or present student can enter and there’s a first prize of £250 in cash and four runners up will each receive £50. There’s only one problem at the moment – we’re short of men! We’ve had plenty of ladies entering, and they’ve put forward some great stories of achievement and success. So, come on gents, we want to hear from you – what ambitions you’ve fulfilled, how much you’ve earned and where you’ve been published.
Why I want to write like…
Next, we’ve just published the autumn edition of our student ezine, Chapter and Verse, on the website. So log in and see what the contributions are like. We’re already accepting submissions for the next issue (you’ve got until 15th January) but please check what the theme is before emailing anything to us.
Bad Sex in Fiction Award
And I can’t finish this week without mention of the Literary Review’s annual Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Tony Blair was nominated for his autobiography A Journey; Alastair Campbell went one better and was shortlisted for a passage in his second novel Maya (somehow I still can’t visualise Campbell as a novelist, despite evidence to the contrary). But the winner was Irish novelist Rowan Somerville whose novel The Shape of Her was described in the Guardian as ‘a novel with penetration on almost every page’. Read the excerpts and I guarantee you’ll either laugh out loud or go ‘Euk!’ depending on your literary leanings.
Next week my guest will be Susan Palmquist, who is an author, blogger and has published informative articles in a wide variety of writers’ magazines.