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Getting the Details Right!

Published on 26th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

So, you've enrolled onto one of our courses, you're working your way through and you realise you need to carry out some research. Maybe you're writing a medical drama or a crime thriller and you want it to be as authentic as possible, which means getting the little details right. Why is this important? Well, if you want to convince someone tha...

Writing Fiction for Children

Published on 19th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

Writing fiction for children is one of those genres that plenty of people think is easy. It can't be that hard to throw a few words together for kids, right? Wrong! It's one of the trickiest genres to write, that's why we've just launched a wonderful new course - Writing Fiction for Children - just for you! But, before you get as far as writin...

There's a Big Debate Raging

Published on 12th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers in Creative Writing

Does the name Hanif Kureshi mean anything to you? Well, if you've not heard already, he caused a bit of a scandal at the recent Bath Literary Festival, and a huge media storm, after commenting that writing courses are a waste of time. Why is it a scandal? He's entitled to his opinion isn't he? Yes, of course he is, but I would have thought that ...

Short Story Course

Published on 5th March 2014 by Shelley Bowers

We've got a new course and as the title of this blog suggests, it's for those wishing to learn how to write short stories and it's perfect for beginners. So, what do you write stories about once you've enrolled? Well, inspiration can come from all over. Here are a few suggestions to help you on your way:People watch - this is one of my favourit...