Tag Archives: Scottish writing

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 […]

Scot Lit Fest

Catriona on the Feeding the Flame online course has brought this to my attention: Scot Lit Fest, an online virtual book festival running from 24 – 26 June, featuring authors such as Michel Faber and A.L. Kennedy (work by both is discussed in Creative Writing for Writers and other courses), and Zoe Strachan, my own erstwhile tutor […]


Newsflash: Scottish Book Trust has launched a new book, Journeys, which features short works from the esteemed likes of Andrew O’Hagan, Jenni Fagan and Lucy Ribchester. Much more importantly it also showcases outstanding pieces from current student Margaret McVey and past student Rona Fitzgerald. Congratulations to both writers and everyone else involved! The book is free, available all […]

Jonathan Franzen on writing (dreams)

In last night’s Consolidating Your Skills class the discussion touched on the use of dream sequences in stories and I was saying that over the years I’ve come to distrust their use. They’re an easy way for an author to indicate the state of mind of a character, and because of that they’re used too […]

Michel Faber on writing

I covered ‘story elements’ in Creative Writing for Writers this week and Ivor from the class has been in touch with this from the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook  . . . Among characterisation, dialogue, structure, point of view and all the rest, apparently I forgot to mention the time traveling snake, so I’ll be sure […]

New Writing Scotland

The submission deadline for the 32nd edition of this annual collection, a venerable fixture on the Scottish writing scene, is a month today: 30 September. It’s open to all types of writing and is usually edited by a well-known name in Scottish writing. It’s well worth entering, so if you have something that’s been lying around […]

She’s Leaving Home / Literary Scotland: A Traveller’s Guide

We had readings of this lyric/poem/short story in both the Saturday and Thursday classes over the last week – the link below will take you to the recorded version. In his great book about the Beatles, Revolution in the Head, the music critic Ian MacDonald called the song ‘imperishable popular art of its time’, which sounds about […]