Unbraiding the Short Story: An Interview with Author and Conference Co-Director, Dr Sylvia Petter

I met Sylvia recently and fortuitously through twitter via a mutual connection. I was grateful to hear of another writer in Vienna and we have met on several occasions since, including at a reading of her newest short story collection at Shakespeare and Co. in the city. She is an inspiring and enthusiastic writer who … Continue reading Unbraiding the Short Story: An Interview with Author and Conference Co-Director, Dr Sylvia Petter

Writing Advice And Inspiration

'A story needs rhythm. Read it aloud to yourself. If it doesn't spin a bit of magic, it's missing something.' Esther Freud 'Always carry a notebook. And I mean always. The short-term memory only retains information for three minutes; unless it is committed to paper you can lose an idea for ever.' Will Self 'I always … Continue reading Writing Advice And Inspiration

Interview with Costa Short Story Award Winner, Avril Joy

I would like to introduce you to our guest author, Avril Joy. With a degree in History of Art and experience as a social worker then a teacher at Goldsmith's College under her belt, Avril has travelled widely, and it was her experience of working and teaching in prisons which drew her to my attention, … Continue reading Interview with Costa Short Story Award Winner, Avril Joy

Let Me Tell You About The Creative Writing Gene

Today's guest post is by author Marianne Wheelaghan, co-founder of the online creative writing school, Writing Classes. She is an informative and supportive voice in the online writing community and I have enjoyed getting to know her over the past few months. I highly recommend her writing blog and her twitter feeds are full of … Continue reading Let Me Tell You About The Creative Writing Gene

Short Story Writing

I am in the thick of writing short stories and I really enjoy the punch that you can use to mould a high-impact piece of writing. Last night I read the new issue of Paraxis, a wonderful online publisher of short stories, and I was impressed by the range of prose delivered and the tension … Continue reading Short Story Writing