Tag Archives: Competitions

A roll of honour . . .

Hi folks My apologies as it’s been too long since I last posted. I have a good excuse though as I’ve been saving up a ton of good news about former class members’ recent writing achievements: Firstly, congratulations to Mary Fitzpatrick, who has added to her growing list of accolades with a Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/scottish-book-trust-training-awards/new-writers-awards/2018/mary-fitzpatrick […]

The Next Chapter: enter a competition or sign up for a course

Hi folks September already and soon the nights will be drawing in. I’m sure you’ll all be looking for productive ways to spend the dark evenings and, with that in mind, the Centre for Lifelong Learning has now released its programme for 2017/18 and my courses are available for booking. Details can be found on […]

We have a winner!

Hi folks I’m extremely chuffed to announce that the winner of the Scottish Book Trust’s prestigious Next Chapter Award 2017 is Julie Rea, who some of you will know from last term’s Creative Writing for Beginners course. She’s also a veteran of the Centre for Lifelong Learning’s Blaze online courses. I had a chat with Julie last week […]

The nights are drawing in . . .

. . . So, naturally, you should be doing more writing. A couple of weeks ago we had good fun in the beginners’ classes spooking each other by writing some ghost stories for Halloween. Some students were surprised at the darkness of their imaginations and others definitely looked unsettled at what they were hearing (I […]

Who has a novel on the go?

The creative writing centre at Moniack Mhor has announced the Emerging Writer Award, open to new unpublished writers developing a full-length piece of work. I can think of a number of you who would be very suitable so read the guidelines and apply by 15 February. If you don’t enter, you can’t win: The Bridge Awards     […]

Win fifty quid!

I’ve just completed the first week of classes and have been reminding everyone of the necessity of daily writing practice. If doing it for it’s own sake isn’t incentive enough, then maybe the lure of winning fifty quid should provide an adequate bottom-kick. Very helpfully, Kimberley from Tuesday night’s Creative Writing for Writers has sent me links […]

Slavoj Žižek on writing

I know it’s nearly February, but what the hell – Happy New Year folks! To kick off, here’s a short story competition (courtesy of Ivor from the Tuesday night class) http://www.scottishartsclub.co.uk/short-story-2015.html And to inspire your efforts here’s some words of wisdom from the world’s favourite Slovenian Marxist philosopher and cultural critic. Simple advice, delivered in […]