The Manchester Anthology 2014 Launch Event

Dear reader, you are hereby invited to The Manchester Anthology 2014 launch event at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester! What is The Manchester Anthology 2014, you might ask. It's an anthology with writing from every student graduating the Creative Writing MA at the University of Manchester; This event marks the launch of a … Continue reading The Manchester Anthology 2014 Launch Event

Meeting Lynne Truss

Today our class had a lovely workshop with none other than the Queen of punctuation, Lynne Truss! It was wonderful to hear the thoughts of such a humble yet astonishing figure. After the workshop she proceeded to have a short presentation about grammar, followed by a discussion with Jeanette Winterson. Punctuation makes a difference - … Continue reading Meeting Lynne Truss

The Dark Crystal Author Quest & Project 3!

The Jim Henson Company announced the "Author Quest" a while back - a competition where authors, new and old, compete in writing a prequel to the Dark Crystal movie. The prize? $10,000, publication, and a contract for any future novels related to the one you write. You start by submitting 7500 - 10000 words, whereupon the top … Continue reading The Dark Crystal Author Quest & Project 3!

Four places to send your writing!

More places to send writing, taken from the reddit writing-subreddit. The first three were found here and aren't really meant for amateur writers - but you might get lucky! The first one is the "Drue Heinz Literature Prize." They want a collection of short fiction. The prize? Publication and $15 000! The downside is that you already … Continue reading Four places to send your writing!

Prada Creative Writing Competition

Believe it or not, but Prada is having a short story competition! I read about it a week ago but forgot to mention it. The prompt, and description, is as follows: “What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?” By using the metaphor of … Continue reading Prada Creative Writing Competition

My short story won!

Yes, I am speaking of LitReactor's annual writing challenge. 'Our Masters' was voted one of the winners! This feels amazing, especially considering there were over 150 entries. Thanks for all your support! If you haven't read it yet, you should do so while its up: http://litreactor.com/events/teleport-us/our-masters NOTE: You need to log in using a Facebook account … Continue reading My short story won!

The (almost) Ultimate Writing Resource

Here's another top Reddit link from the "Writing" subreddit. It is a collection of top-posts, articles, and other information regarding writing. Here's everything from Creative Boosts, Worldbuilding, setting, how to "show not tell," grammar, sentence construction, pacing, character specific advice, and much more! Sounds too good to be true? Well, it is. Most links do, … Continue reading The (almost) Ultimate Writing Resource

Writer’s block? This can help!

I tend to browse Reddit's writing subreddit quite a lot. Authors, both professional and unpublished, as well as agents and editors, hang out there and provide useful information regarding anything from general writing advice, insider advice, to detailed feedback on works-in-progress. A few days ago a website called "Oblique Cards" reached reached /r/writing's front page. … Continue reading Writer’s block? This can help!