Tag Archives: Editing

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 […]

Jon Ronson on writing

At Tuesday night’s Creative Writing for Writers class we were discussing revision and editing, and the mindset required to get things just right. With that in mind, listen to this writer talking about the book that changed him: Jonathon Coe’s What a Carve Up! One passage in particular stands out: ‘If you’re lucky enough to […]

Abraham Lincoln on writing

I can’t find any pronouncement the great man made about the writing process itself, but here’s the link to the Radio Four programme about the Gettysburg Address that I mentioned in last Friday’s advanced class. The passages about Lincoln’s drafting of the speech are particularly interesting and just go to show that even literature created by the greatest […]

‘Been away . . .

 . . . but now I’m back.’ There’s a bag of Tangfastics waiting for anyone who can guess the source of that quote. (Clue: it’s right in front of your face.) Of course, some present at last week’s Using Your Senses classes may never wish to endure a Tangfastic again. They’re definitely a love or […]

A.L. Kennedy on writing

As if Julian Barnes talking about sex scenes wasn’t serendipitous enough, the Costa prize-winning Scottish novelist A.L. Kennedy was also on the radio this week, discussing her writing and her editorial process. Members of the advanced classes may remember I quoted her on the latter subject in the session on editing a few weeks back, […]