Welcome to my first official blog post as Writer in Residence for the Crossing the Tees Book Festival Short Story Competition. I was thrilled, and a little bit surprised (the interview panel all had excellent ‘poker’ faces so I really wasn’t sure how I’d done) to be offered this exciting post. As a local writer I am particularly pleased because it will give me the chance to work with all those budding and extremely talented writers in the region who are currently looking to develop their creative writing skills. I know from the creative writing courses and workshops that I have ran across Teesside in the last few years that there are a lot of promising writers out here and I look forward to working with many of you during the period of my residency.
I always tell those new to the craft of writing that you only need to do two things to be a writer (yes, only two!) – write something and get it read. So to get those creative juices flowing I will be including writing prompts. along with the usual news updates and some writing tips, in my blog. Here, in optimistic anticipation of a glorious heatwave is the first:
It was the hottest summer we’d ever had and…
So whether you write poetry, prose or scripts, fiction or creative non-fiction, take that line, follow it and see which imaginative, descriptive, powerful writing places it leads you to.