UK Writing

Humbling Results Of Our Children's View Of The Future

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Parents
Carey Ann Dodah

What humbling results! The future looks bright in such caring and compassionate hands. We chose to theme this year's National Young Writers' Awards around 'the future' because it opens up so much potential for a child's imagination.

Nature: Ways To Get Out Into It More

Louis Sherman | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

At the moment it is cold outside, and while our nature seems to be at more risk than ever (Thanks Trump, however kudos to the National Park Service). So I thought it is as good a time as ever to share some of the ways I get out in nature every day of the year, as well as specifically some ideas for winter.

Six Tips On How To Help Young Children Learn To Write

Mary Walton | Posted 21.04.2017 | UK Parents
Mary Walton

When children are learning to write for the first time, help at home is essential. You want to help them get the hang of writing, but do you have no idea where to start? No worries. Here's six tips that will help your kids get the hang of writing.

Types Of Driver To Avoid

Ann French | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Comedy
Ann French

The roads of the UK can be a treacherous place that only seem to be getting worse thanks to one thing; other drivers. I've moaned about this in the pa...

Everyone Should Like Roald Dahl Books... Shouldn't They?

Kerry Gibb | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kerry Gibb

As I told my audience that my least favourite book as a child was a Roald Dahl book, I literally heard a couple of children gasp as they couldn't believe what I had just said. But then I elaborated, and I saw two hundred pairs of eyes looking at me intently as they listened to every word.

Making A Movie!

Rachel Shenton | Posted 07.04.2017 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Did it all go according to plan? No! Did we stick to the schedule? Absolutely not. But we did it! Aside from creating something that will hopefully be thought provoking and shine a much needed light on access to education - It just feels great to have taken an idea from conception and seen it right through to the end.

Keeping It Real. Five Easy Ways To Balance Your Virtual Life (And Your Kids')

Alice Wilde | Posted 06.04.2017 | UK Parents
Alice Wilde

How is anyone going to be content in their slightly damp terrace in Bognor, when they could 'be' wandering the boulevards of Cannes and 'seeing' the turquoise waters and fluttering palms? But as wonderful as it is, it's not the truth. And as with all deceptions there will be a price to pay.

100 Letters Changed My Life

Alison Hitchcock | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hitchcock

Back in 2010, I would never have predicted that when my friend, Brian Greenley, was diagnosed with bowel cancer, the letters that I offered to write to him would change both our lives... The letters began and over the next two years, as Brian's cancer developed to stage four, I kept on writing.

The Benefits Of Writing Through Grief

Sam Way | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Way

Through the cabin window, the earth blends with the sky in a haze of pinks, purples and reds. I am flying back into London. This last week - a week...

Five Simple, Practical Concepts Which Have Changed My Life

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Concepts are far more powerful than facts or instructions. Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I look for flexible concepts which can be applied to a range of areas- the broader the better. Here are 5 which have had the biggest impact over the last year.

It's Still A Man's World: Gender Inequality In The Arts

Nicky Goulder | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK
Nicky Goulder

Nicky Goulder working with a participant during a Create project Earlier this month it was inspiring to see high-profile and widespread recognition o...

Are We Just Going To Let Creative Writing Die?

Jennifer Tuckett | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Jennifer Tuckett

The A Level in Creative Writing is due to come to an end this year. Other arts A Levels, such as the A Level in Art History, have, since the decision to close the A Level in Creative Writing was taken by the government, been saved.

The Power Of A Smile And The Positive Impact It Will Have On Your Own Happiness...

Nicola J Rowley | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nicola J Rowley

Their families, friends and pets won the day for my audience of 4-7 year-olds. They then proceeded with the task they'd been set; to devise a character for their own story that would make them smile.

What Happens After Your Book Gets Published? Five Tips For Aspiring Novelists

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Annabelle Thorpe

@Mark Osborne Anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a novel knows that the ultimate goal is not really getting an agent, or even getting a publisher. ...

Novel Feedback: Five Authors Share Their Experiences

Hattie Clarke | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Hattie Clarke

Writing your first novel is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying, and sharing your work with someone can give even the calmest writer awaiting feed...

AI And The End Of The Human Author

Reuven Cohen | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Reuven Cohen

Seeking to make my life a bit easier, I recently set out to explore some new breeds of writing and grammar tools dedicated to making me a better writer. I've been a user of the Grammarly tool for a while and have had pretty excellent results.

Is It Legal To Buy An Essay?

Mary Walton | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK
Mary Walton

While it is currently not illegal to buy an essay online, the ethical question will always be there. A student needs to evaluate for themselves if this is the path they want to walk down, or if they want to put in the hard work, time and effort on their own - with the possibility of failure.

Why Do The Majority Of Budding Authors Not Complete And Publish Their Book?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

Research has shown that the most popular time to start writing a book is at the beginning of the year, following the 'new year new me' trend. People t...

How To Write Your Memoirs And Get Them Published

Douglas McPherson | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

They say everyone has a book in them, and what could you be more qualified to write about than your own life? Writing one's memoirs is a popular 'one ...

Why I'm Grateful I Was A Loser At School

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Being unpopular made me tough as hell. I got used to incessant criticism, of myself and everything I did. It stopped bothering me to the same degree. When you are the class whipping girl, every aspect of your existence is a problem to someone. It taught me to pay attention to the misfits, the people on the fringe, the purple cows. After all, I was one of them. I still am.

Confessions Of A Dyslexic Mother

Lyndsey Stoner | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Parents
Lyndsey Stoner

I had subconsciously buried this teeny tiny fact once I had finished the gravy train of education. I sat my last exam at university, which I took in a separate room to my peers, just like I had taken all of my exams. We had extra time as well as a couple of helpful ladies ready and willing to assist us more needy students. This was the last time I really gave my dyslexia any thought.

Young People In Care Need To Have Their Stories Heard

Jenny Molloy | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Jenny Molloy

I was always writing when I was growing up in care. Not just creative writing, but also writing lots of letters to my social workers and to charities about my situation and what should be happening. I believe that all children in care want to write their story. It gives back some form of control, as when you're in care everything is written about you in your social services file which you don't always see. This builds a drive within to get our stories heard.

On Failure, Depression And Beating The Odds Through Creativity

Rosie Leizrowice | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Leizrowice

Just as vulnerability is helpful in the right doses, so is failure.

Freelance Creatives: Give Yourself A Promotion In 2017

Leila Johnston | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Leila Johnston

As we look forward to another brand new year, here's an idea I had while listening to some experts talk about how to get promotions in conventional workplaces. If, as I've suggested in some of these posts, you might think of your freelance or creative work as within the framework of a sort of imaginary office, why not give yourself a promotion every now and then?

Reflections

Karl Knights | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Karl Knights

'Change or die'. When 2016 began this was the only thought passing through my foggy mind. I was at a friend's New Year's party, and all I can recall o...