It’s almost time to say goodbye, but first, some editing tips…

Hello Everyone, My penultimate post so time to remind you all once again about the looming deadline of the 30th Sept and to urge you to not leave submitting your entries until the last minute – just in case there are any technical issues at either end! Before you do send off you work you… Continue reading It’s almost time to say goodbye, but first, some editing tips…

Time is ticking…

Hello Everyone, Now with time running very short indeed and the countdown to the final deadline for entries into dates rather than weeks/months you are probably wondering where all that time went and how you’ve managed to leave things so late.  Well, some of you are while those organised souls sit back and relax, entry… Continue reading Time is ticking…

Narrative perspectives and National Novel Writing Month!

Hello Everyone, Well, we are now into the final big push in the last few weeks before your competition entries need to be in (30TH SEPTEMBER!!!).  But there is still time to get that award winning story polished and perfected. This week as you move towards a final assault on your writing, I thought it… Continue reading Narrative perspectives and National Novel Writing Month!

Writer Wednesdays at Sixth Element, and planning your plot…

Hello Everyone, Well, another week has rolled by so here I am again. Most of the workshops are done now and a big thank you to everyone who came along and contributed to what were very enjoyable and rewarding sessions. There is still time to grab one of the few remaining mentoring places (Stockton, Hartlepool… Continue reading Writer Wednesdays at Sixth Element, and planning your plot…

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Hello Everyone, Well, time for the latest installment from me.  This week sees us moving towards the end of the workshop sessions and on to the mentoring.  There are still some mentoring spaces available at some of the locations so if you are now beginning to think you might want to have the chance of… Continue reading Untitled

Only 8 weeks until the short story competition deadline!

Hello Everyone, Yes – it’s time for another post so here I am again.  This past week has been a busy but rewarding one with workshops happening in Hartlepool, Stockton and Saltburn with this coming week promising to be even more jam-packed with creative writing as I add Darlington to that list. All the groups… Continue reading Only 8 weeks until the short story competition deadline!

From a furry friend in Peru, to more writing workshops in Teesside!

Hello Everyone, Phew! I’m back, made it!  Survived the Inca Trail: four days, three nights (yes, I had to camp!), 45 km, 4200 m above sea level (oh, the air’s thin up there!) and very little of the hiking was on a nice smooth flat surface (think Roseberry Topping x 1000 and you’ll be somewhere close).  But it… Continue reading From a furry friend in Peru, to more writing workshops in Teesside!

An adventure to Peru awaits, but before then…

Hello Everyone, Just a quick post to help keep your morale up as you busily beaver away on your short stories for the competition.  Several of you have been in touch over the last couple of weeks to report your progress so far and I’m really excited that already so many of you have entries… Continue reading An adventure to Peru awaits, but before then…

Hemlington workshops, music gigs, and a new writing challenge…

Hello Everyone, Firstly, apologies for the slightly longer than usual gap between posts but I had a hectic week last week.  Not only was I running the first of the short story workshops in Hemlington (more on this later) but I was also away twice in the week.  I dashed down to Birmingham with my… Continue reading Hemlington workshops, music gigs, and a new writing challenge…

We need your opinions!

We hope you enjoyed this year’s festival. Whether you joined us in Stockton Town Centre for Choc Lit day, attended one of the events aimed for younger ages such as Just Soph or Lipstick Library, or enjoyed a workshop with one of the great writers we had visit us such as Ben Kane or Adele… Continue reading We need your opinions!

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