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In Times Like These…

June 26th, 2020

First, thanks to Phil for last week’s post. Personally, I found it fascinating and I think he’s absolutely right when he says: “With memoir you need to dig deep and build your story on a foundation of truth and openness”. That is exactly what you have to do if those about whom you are writing as part of your own history are still alive. You don’t want to hurt people but you have to be true to yourself.

If this post has whetted your appetite for writing your own memoir, then we have just the course for you. It’s very flexible and allows you to have feedback on your personal writing rather than having to do set assignments. But if you are already working on a memoir, then you might want to consider submitting it to the same competition that Phil entered – the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition. It’s currently closed but should be opening for the next round shortly; so keep checking their website.

As I write  this, lockdown is hopefully easing and we can start getting back to the new normal, but I know that there are still many of you who will have reason to self-isolate or keep your distance  and for these people it’s going to be more difficult than ever as they see life going on around them. So, I thought I’d rather belatedly mention The Literary Consultancy’s Inspiration Page. They say:

Welcome to the Inspiration Page, a free online resource created and commissioned by TLC to help writers stay healthy, happy and inspired at this challenging time. Here you will find a range of inspiring and easy-to-follow writing prompts, short guided meditations, top tips on narrative craft and tips on boosting your resilience and overall sense of wellbeing. We understand at times like these it can be hard to find focus, so please feel free to dip in and out of the Inspiration Page as you wish.

I found lots to interest me  there . Just to give you a flavour: finding meaning through memoir; writing when life happens; tips on historical fiction; writing biographies and autobiographies; bringing your characters to life…. and much, much more.

Before I move on to my guest for next week, don’t forget that the Writers Bureau 2020 Poetry Competition is now accepting entries. There are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and all winners also receive a Writers Bureau Course of their choice (worth up to £444). Poems can be up to 40 lines in length and on any theme. The closing date is 31st July and you can pay and enter online, or download an entry form and send your work by post.

OK, back to my guest for next week. Writers Bureau tutor, Esther Chilton, whom some of you may know, will be explaining how she became a published writer.

Author: Diana Nadin

 

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