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From Stand Up to Sonnets

December 4th, 2020

First, thanks for Amanda for last week’s post. I don’t know how I would have managed without the library BorrowBox App during lockdown when our local libraries were closed. Now I intend to look into lots more of the suggestions that she packed in. I also found it so inspiring that even when she was up against serious health problems she still found time to write!

This week is going to be something of a miscellany – but hopefully an interesting one!

First, have a look at Write Life’s 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2020 (I know we’re nearly in 2021, but it’s still good). There are 10 categories which include Freelancing, Blogging, Travel, Publishing, Podcast etc. To ensure that the content is genuinely good they only include sites that have been recommended by readers of The Write Life; the published content is judged to be helpful to writers and the list is updated recently and regularly. I hope you find it useful.

Next, if you’re a poetry fan, have you listened to the Frank Skinner Poetry Podcast? He covers a wide range of different poets and poems including Ginsberg, Gerald Manly Hopkins, Alexander Pope, Wordsworth, Rita Dove…. In commenting on what poets do he says: They see an ordinary thing that we all see, then they illuminate it. They do something with that everyday thing that makes it sacred… Think about some of your favourite poems, and why they appeal to you so much, and I’m sure you’ll agree. Why not read The Guardian article on the podcast series, I’m sure you’ll find it enlightening and it might do more than I can to tempt you to listen in.

But that’s not Frank’s only dabble into literature recently. Sky Arts has ‘Boswell and Johnson’s Scottish Road Trip’ where Skinner and Denise Mina follow in the footsteps of the English Dictionary creator and his biographer, James Boswell. And if you’ve never read any of Denise Mina’s gritty Glasgow detective novels then I’d definitely recommend them.

Our Flash Fiction competition is now closed for entries and we’re busy sifting through the stories. So watch our website for a shortlist before too long and also the launch of our next competition.

Finally, if you’re scratching your heads and thinking about what to buy your loved ones for Christmas that doesn’t involve trekking round the shops or lining the pockets of Amazon, then why not consider a writing-related gift. You could buy someone a course – we’ve something to suit everyone! Or, if you want to spend a little less, we have gift vouchers which they can use towards their choice. There’s our Review and Appraisal service if you feel they’d like some expert advice on something they’ve already written (again, we can offer gift vouchers) or there’s subscription to the Association of Freelance Writers with all its benefits. Just email us on studentservices@writersbureau.com or call us on 0161 819 9922 for advice or a chat about what’s on offer.

My guest next week is Keith Gregson, who’s invigorated his writing career during lockdown by a little planning and organisation.

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