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Category Archives: Creative Writing

The Art of Travel Writing

With my impending move to Sydney just a matter of weeks away, I attended a travel writing workshop on Saturday, with a view to hone and develop my travel writing skills so that I might venture into the world of travel blogging while in Australia. Run by Peter Carty, who, as founding editor of Time […]

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On Writing – Stephen King

As both an aspiring writer and an avid reader, I face constant battle over whether to dedicate the little spare time that I have to either reading or writing. That much of the past few months were spent training for the London Marathon has left precious little time for me to indulge in two of […]

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How to Get Published

Since completing Nano Wrimo in November – which entailed writing 50,000 words in the space of a month, my own writing endeavour has somewhat stalled. A number of factors have contributed – a lack of inspiration, flailing self-belief, and an overwhelming pile of books that I’m trying to read my way through. And so, in […]

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In recent weeks, there has been something of a radio silence on my blog. While I wish I could blame the influx of festive invites and social sojourns, my lack of blogging is due, in entirety, to my partaking in this year’s NanoWrimo. To those who haven’t heard of NanoWrimo it is thus: the challenge […]

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On Black Sisters’ Street – Chika Unigwe

On our third evening at The Hurst, The Arvon Foundation’s scenic centre in Shropshire, we were lucky enough to have writer Chika Unigwe as a guest speaker. Nigerian Chika now resides in Belgium with her husband and four children and is the winner of the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition, A Commonwealth Short Story Award […]

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Murder Your Darlings

One of the things I learnt about myself during my time at The Arvon Foundation was that I have a tendency to over-write. During my one-to-one tutorials with both Diana and Patrick, I was advised by them both not to ‘over-egg’ my writing; indeed Patrick quite charmingly put it that he felt like he was […]

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Searching for the Breadcrumb Trail

In March, I read The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall, which is, undoubtedly, one of the best novels I’ve read this year. I was so enthralled with the book that I asked Emylia if I could interview her on my blog, and she subsequently  recommended The Arvon Foundation for aspiring writers. Having toyed with […]

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Reading vs. Running

Much of the early months of 2012 were taken up with blogging; reading, writing reviews and navigating my way around Twitter – sourcing appropriate people to follow and creating a platform from which my views on books were heard. Having spent January writing a review each and every day, before ticking off five of the […]

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The Art of Critique… My Writing Journey

I’ve never been good at failure. When I was captain of the netball team at school we lost a match against our rivals and I refused to cheer them, despite it being standard post-match etiquette. Thus, I often find criticism hard to take. When it comes to writing, however, I welcome it. I’m forever asking […]

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Starting Over… My Writing Journey

I hadn’t planned on working on my novel until month six of my literary challenge. I began writing it in my final year of university during my creative writing module and continued to work on it for many months after graduating, before losing inspiration and temporarily shutting the door on what was shaping into the beginning of a […]

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