UK Writing

Creating a Writing Community: The Story of How a Festival Was Born

Andrea Mason | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Andrea Mason

I started Literary Kitchen, a creative writing school, in 2009, in order to earn a living. But the artist in me, who loves performance, process and exchange was always busting to get out, and so the Literary Kitchen Festival was born in 2014.

Help! What Are Phonics? A Confused Parent's Guide

Isabelle Lee | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Parents
Isabelle Lee

Being a linguist, a primary school teacher, and a parent who taught my children to read, here is my breakdown for you, explaining why they are worth the effort, and why your child may become a better reader and speller because of them.

Do British Female Service Personnel Have a Voice?

Nicola De Maine | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Nicola De Maine

Nicola De Maine has no previous experience of writing for publication. She recently joined the BATTLE LINES New Writing Programme run by Raise Dark Th...

Why Do I Write?

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Why do I write? Because, you know, I have the right. Why do I write about women? Because I can. A Woman is where my self has been living. Why d...

It's Been A Year Since I Got A Book Deal, Here's What I've Learned

Holly Seddon | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

It's been a year since I agreed my two-book UK deal with Corvus, part of Atlantic Books. We're still a few months away from the January publication, and I'm still a rookie but nonetheless, I've learned a buttload over this last year.

Facebook's "Dislike" Button Rejected But How About This?

Rima Amin | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Tech
Rima Amin

Reports of Facebook's announcement to trial a "Dislike" button has sparked waves of debate today. Whilst some are excited, the risks surrounding cyberbullying have outlined why it's not such a great idea. Facebook already, in my opinion has some work to do around it's reporting mechanisms.

Letter Writers Are Better Writers

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Jonathan Douglas

The arrival of the postman with the latest instalment of news from a pen pal or a favourite aunt evokes childhood memories for those of us who grew up before the era of text messages and emails. Although the postman mainly delivers junk mail now - even bills have gone online - I'm glad to report that the art of letter writing is still alive.

Why I Gave Up All of My Plans, Permanently

Holly Seddon | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

If you spend your life focussing on an end goal or set of end goals, with tight timescales, you're setting yourself up to either fail (because who on earth can hope to hit every goal) or miss out on an awful lot by racing to the finish.

If I Wrote My Debut Novel Again, Here's What I'd Do Differently

Holly Seddon | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

In the same way that you'll only ever have one first kiss, you only get one shot at your debut novel. I mean, you'll redraft and edit it 10 million times, but you only do the whole process once. And it's about trial, error, heartbreak and pride.

Top Tips for 'Aspiring' Writers

Leeanne Boulton | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Leeanne Boulton

So, in a rare moment of feeling that I might - just might - have a valid contribution that helps my fellow writers, here's my tuppence-worth on how to be a better writer...

10 Best Vintage Books for Summer Reading

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Annette Bette Kellow

The summer is still here (well, kind of) and it's time to take a wonderful trip down memory lane! There's something scrumptiously tangible about reading an old book, learning from other peoples past and the delicious style of descriptive writing that goes with vintage times.

Write Right, Right?

Jo Rourke | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK
Jo Rourke

I write a lot. Some of it even makes it on paper. By paper I obviously mean MS Word or the notes section on my iPhone. Conservative estimate, I'd say ...

How Do You Get Over Your Creative Block?

Ellie Lewis | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ellie Lewis

I've sat down to write this a thousand times. At least in my head I have. For the past few months I have been struggling with, for want of a better expression, writer's block. I have been drowning in doubt and question why I am even bothering whenever I open a word document. This has happened for both creative writing and blog posts.

Are You Brave Enough?

Tony Schumacher | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

I read it, and even though I was only a kid my mind was truly blown. I think since then I've managed to read pretty much everything else PKD wrote, and it is a stunning body of work. But The Man in the High Castle, for me, stands literally head and shoulders over all the rest.


Tony Schumacher | Posted 16.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

Misery is as good as it gets for me, and I'm always happy to chat about it at writer events. Just do me one favour though, if we ever meet, please don't tell me you're my number one fan, I'll not sleep if you do.

My Bad Tips and Good Tips for Successful Story Writing

Helen Lederer | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Helen Lederer

Your therapist is in a meeting. Your hypnotist has double booked her room and expects you to wait in a room full of patients seeing osteopaths and who may be moaning quietly in pain. Or staring at you. These are all bad things. BUT if you are free of the above - here are the criteria for successful story writing...

"Why Does It Take So long for Your Book to Come Out if You've Already Written It?"

Holly Seddon | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

My debut novel was sold to my UK publisher in October 2014, it will be first published in January 2016. And that's not abnormal, far from it. So, what happens in this year plus change?

Writers Block

Miriam Brown | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Miriam Brown

Authors get writers block. They hit a wall, a creative blockage whereby they simply cannot write, no matter how hard they try. Journalists don't get writers block. How can they? Stories move too quickly, new things happen every day. Journalists have it lucky. There is too much to write about. Right?

Losing Love and Love Leads Me To My True Love

Charlie Carillo | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Sport
Charlie Carillo

John McEnroe stood ready on the other side of the net, and as I bounced the ball before serving to start the match I allowed myself a ridiculous thoug...

Travelling With Gaucher and Parkinson's

Elaine Benton | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband has become highly adept in pushing me in my wheelchair whilst manoeuvring a large case on wheels at the same time - impressively even up and down steep inclines. This requires not only strength but the ability to steer avoiding any oncoming passengers and obstacles.

Why I'll Probably Never Work in a Newsroom Again

Catherine Ball | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Catherine Ball

So here I am. A print journalist who still loves newspapers but will probably never work for one again. It isn't that I wouldn't want to, just that it wouldn't ever be the same. Can we put the online genie back in the bottle? Of course not and we wouldn't want to. But can we find a way to move with the times and save our newspapers for future generations? I really hope so.

Lights Camera Action

Lady Terry Robinson | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lady Terry Robinson

Our best creative work happens when we are in flow, using our imaginations, having fun. Obviously there will come a point where we become hypercritical of our writing and believe we'll never be the next e.e. Cummings, E.L. James or J.K. Rowling.

You Can't Write a Novel While Driving, but...

Ellis Shuman | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Tech
Ellis Shuman

In my other pocket was my smartphone, a phone I would only use in case of an emergency. But I was confident that I could handle the walk. Come on, guys. I do this exercise walk quite a bit and it would be better defined as a power walk. I walk quickly.

Using Flow to Conquer Writer's Block

Nicole Latchana | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicole Latchana

The concept that writing could be hard did not resonate with me. I just assumed the people saying that were just not natural writers, had no ideas, or were evil wrong doers who were trying to grab the gold man out of my hand before I even knew what it was.

Am I the Only Blogger Who Doesn't Want to Make It Big and Blog Full-Time?

Laura Zito | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Zito

Yes, everyone who has a blog has dreamt about making it big. They've daydreamed about seeing their page views hit the millions, and their social channels full of sycophantic followers clinging onto every word, praising every post, and buying whatever it was they wore that day.