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Literary Escape in Scotland

June 13th, 2014

Thanks to Shelley for last week’s blog – and we all wish her well.  But it just goes to show that while you’re serving your writing ‘apprenticeship’ you should take the opportunity to try your hand at all kinds of different writing.  You never know what you might excel at or what you might find particularly lucrative until you’ve tried it!  That’s why we cover such a wide range in our Comprehensive Creative Writing course.

I’ve just got back from a short break in Scotland.  I’d forgotten how beautiful Edinburgh is on a sunny day – particularly the views from Calton Hill and the monuments there.  So I was interested to read about the Bloody Scotland literary festival in the NAWG newsletter this morning.  It’s dedicated to crime fiction and will be held from 19th to 21st September in Stirling. Read the rest of this entry »




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Ave Atque Vale

April 18th, 2014

First, thanks to Sue for last week’s blog. It just goes to show that success breeds success – once you’ve had one book published it’s much easier to get subsequent ones accepted.

I often include information about various competitions in this blog but they are usually for poems or short stories.  Article-writing competitions seem to be few and far between.  Yet producing articles is one of the best places to start your writing career as there are so many markets and such an on-going thirst for content. So I thought I’d remedy the situation by including a couple. Read the rest of this entry »




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