Category Archives: For writers

All posts which writers may find more interesting

How much should it cost to enter a writing competition?

Here are the  details of a writing opportunity for unpublished women memoirists. The entry fee for this competition is £25, which may seem steep, but it is not as steep as the entry fee for the new Bloomsbury Children’s Author Prize, which … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , , , , , | 10 Comments

Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award!

 Win £500 and publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award! Aesthetica Magazine is inviting all writers and poets to submit their work into the Creative Writing Award. The Creative Writing Award is a fantastic opportunity for existing and aspiring writers … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Calling all would-be romantic novelists!

If you have  a hankering to write a romantic novel, or have written one and want some feedback on what to do next, then get yourself over to ex-writingclasses’ student Wendy Clarke’s blog: Wendy’s Writing Now… Wendy’s guest blogger is … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Writing a novel – a terrible experience or a pleasure?

“Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay.”  Flannery O’Connor For some writers, writing a novel is a terrible experience. You sweat blood and tears getting it down and then when … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

What, Why and How I Write …

Recently, I was asked by fellow writer Juliet  Wilson ( left) to take part in a blog tour on the theme of What, Why and How I Write. I was delighted to be asked by Juliet because she is a wonderful poet, … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , | 22 Comments

How much time do you need to write a novel?

On Saturday myself and the wonderful writers Shari Low, Doug Johnstone and Douglas Jackson, along with dozens of lovely North Ayrshire readers and the excellent, chair, Keith Charters, were  part of  North Ayrshire’s Readers Day.  All day we talked about … Continue reading

Posted in For writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Blackwell’s Writers at the Edinburgh Fringe, 2013

On Thursday evening, August 22nd, I will be talking about Food of Ghosts at Blackwell’s Bookshop here in Edinburgh as part of Blackwell’s Writers at The Edinburgh Fringe 2013. In fact, there will be a bunch of us creative folk doing our stuff, … Continue reading

Posted in For everyone, For readers, For writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

and now for something completely different: Anuerin(Nye)Wright, graphic novelist extraordinaire

Yesterday I was back between the “yurts” at the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) to chat with Anuerin Wright. What an interesting person! A big thanks to you, Nye, for giving me your time and for such an informative and entertaining … Continue reading

Posted in For everyone, For readers, For writers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

an interview with Karen Campbell, a crime writer who doesn’t write crime novels!

Karen Campbell is the author of four contemporary crime novels set in Glasgow. Her new novel, This Is Where I am,  is due out in February 2013. I interviewed Karen at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Wednesday, between the author’s yurt … Continue reading

Posted in For everyone, For readers, For writers | Tagged , | 2 Comments

a place of the dead: Val McDermid and Sue Black at the EIBF

Yesterday I went to my 3rd EIBF event! Those of you who know me, know that I LOVE crime fiction, so I was really looking forward to this event. It didn’t disappoint. Crime writer Val McDermid was in the house … Continue reading

Posted in For everyone, For readers, For writers | 4 Comments