13 Tips To Help You Lengthen Your Short Story

In a previous post, we discussed shortening your story. Today, I'm going to talk about lengthening your story. Most writers tend to overwrite and then cut back, but some writers under-write. This is often the case with writers who write for a living, like journalist…

Writing Prompts For August 2017

Editor’s Note: If you’re unsure of the benefits of writing every day, and if you would like to make the most of your writing prompts, please read Mia Botha’s post How To Use Writing Prompts Do you want a daily prompt? If you want to receive…

5 Things Beatrix Potter Can Teach You About Writing

Beatrix Potter was a popular English author, illustrator, and natural scientist. She was famous for her children’s books featuring animals such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Here are five things writers can learn about writing from the author's own words: 'There is…

One Of A Kind – Embracing Your Uniqueness As A Writer

I’m always surprised, and delighted, at the way delegates interpret writing exercises during class on Writers Write. No two are ever the same. Some are dramatic or clever, others quirky or funny. I love hearing them read aloud. I love seeing the reaction of the…

10 Ways To Be More Concise When You Write

Don’t Write To Impress. Write To Communicate.  When you write for business, your readers are not interested in your big words, your flamboyant wordplay, and your tortuous sentence structure. They want you to communicate with them.  Concise writing is always better in business. It is more…

August 2017 – Course Timetable

Course Description August September Writers Write How to write a book  2,9,16,23 Writers Write How to write a book 28-31 18-21 The Plain Language Programme How to write for business 15-16 Blogging and Social Media Course How to write for the web 12-13 Short Cuts…

Mary Karr’s Memoir Checklist To Stave Off Dread

Mary Karr is an American poet, essayist and memoirist. She is well known for her best-selling books, Lit, Cherry, and The Liars’ Club. She published The Art of Memoir in 2015. In the book, she includes 'An Incomplete Checklist To Stave Off Dread'. She says: "Writers hate…