Novel Writing Course – Newcastle upon Tyne

Have you always wanted to write a novel but don’t quite know where to start? Or you’ve launched in a frenzy of creative energy then ground to a halt? Don’t let another year go by. I’m going to be running three courses this year, in collaboration with Newcastle City Library, Newcastle upon Tyne. The courses run for four weeks on Thursday evenings 5-7pm where you will join a small group of other hopeful novelists in fun, interactive and informative sessions.

Get That Novel Started 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2017 £65
Get That Novel Finished 1, 8, 15, 22 June 2017 £65
Get That Novel Published 5, 12, 19 October 2017 and 2 November 2017

You can pick and choose which of the courses you do – one or all of them! – but you will get the most out of the series if you start at the beginning.

For more information and to book your place visit Get That Novel Started – booking.

Saving the cat – what fiction writers can learn from screenwriters.

Fiction writers can learn a lot from screenwriters. The bottom line is that they both deal with story construction. Over the next few months I will be bringing you posts on what the two can learn from each other. My first offering is hosted over at the More Than Writers blogspot and discusses characterisation and saving that darned cat!

http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/save-cat.html?spref=tw

Developing Character for your Story

The Crafty Writer has been taking a bit of a back seat lately due to the launch of my new books (which I’ll be telling you about in future posts). But as so many of you enjoy all of the advice you receive from The Crafty Writer I thought it was time to get back in the saddle (if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor). I have asked Sunday Times best-selling author Mel Menzies, who has just brought out a new psychological mystery, Time to Shine, to give us a masterclass on developing character.  Continue reading ‘Developing Character for your Story’

Writing with wine, editing with coffee

On writing with wine and editing with coffee. Or balancing our conscious and sub-conscious minds in our writing.http://morethanwriters.blogspot.co.uk/…/writing-with-wine-e… This was written for a Christian Writers’ blog, but the concept of needing to find ways to access our sub-conscious apply to all writers.

Narrative writing contest

A US-based magazine, Narrative, is hosting a competition for fiction and non-fiction stories. There is an entry fee of $22. More info here http://www.narrativemagazine.com/winter-2014-story-contest

The Winter Story Contest is open to all writers, and all entries will be considered for publication.

• $2,500 First Prize
• $1,000 Second Prize
• $500 Third Prize
• Ten finalists receive $100 each.

Deadline: Sun., Mar. 31, at midnight, PDT.

See the Guidelines. Read prior winners, and view recent awards won by Narrative authors.

They say: ‘We are committed to paying our authors, to providing excellent editorial support, and to encouraging a wide audience for good writing. ‘

Narrative reaches a worldwide audience of more than 170,000 readers.

Theatre playwriting opportunity

Could you write a short play to be staged in a pub? And by short I mean 5 – 10mins? (About the time it takes to stand in line for the next round or go outside for a quick puff). The 2014 Pint-sized play comp is now open for entries. Although UK based they accept submissions from anywhere in the world. Cheers! http://pintsizedplays.org.uk/

Happy new year!

Happy New Year all you Crafty Writers. It’s been a while since I posted as I have been very busy over at www.craftypublishing.com - publishing and promoting our growing list of books. But I hope to start paying a bit more attention to The Crafty Writer again this year. The free creative writing course is still going well http://creative-writing-course.thecraftywriter.com and if you haven’t dropped by there yet, please do. I’ve finally started writing ‘The Crafty Guide to Creative Writing’ based on the course and that will be coming out in print and e-book later this year. This website will also get a revamp to accompany the launch of the book but for now, bear with us. Oh, and if you haven’t already done so, you can find us on FB too! https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Crafty-Writer

I hope you all have a fabulous 2014 and find some time to write.

Fiona Veitch Smith

The Crafty Writer

Writing from the inside out

Very chuffed to hear 10 men in a prison in Maryland, USA, have been working through the free Crafty Writer creative writing course with the help of the prison librarian http://creative-writing-course.thecraftywriter.com/

Writing for children: getting ideas

alexa-tewkesbury-whats-christmasThis week’s guest post is from prolific children’s author Alexa Tewkesbury. Alexa’s books are particular favourites of my seven-year-old daughter and mine, so I’m chuffed to host her. She talks about getting ideas, reading other authors and the simple joy of writing for young readers. Are you sitting comfortably? Continue reading ‘Writing for children: getting ideas’

Performance poetry: a novice dips his toes

This week’s guest post is from poet Paul Canon Harris who has recently hit the performance poetry circuit. So pour yourself a drink, find yourself a seat, and let’s get on with the show …

I am something of a novice and a Johnny-come-lately to writing and performing poetry. When you are a keen sportsman and most of your pals are alpha-male beer drinkers it takes a bit of courage to come out as a poet! In the last year I have done that, my first collection of poems, Best Before, is now published and I am reading or performing poems in a wide range of venues. Continue reading ‘Performance poetry: a novice dips his toes’