Monthly Archives: August 2016

What a stunning piece from Tania

Here’s some news from Tania Hershman, a talented and accomplished writer of stories about science. Tania read her own story on Radio 4 and her reading voice is a pleasure to listen to.

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Aug 2016 my brand new short story, There Is No-One In The Lab But Mice, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday Aug 28th at 7.45pm, and is now available on Listen Again if you’d like to hear it!

 

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Arvon’s inaugural flash fiction course a great success

I have just returned from my first Arvon creative writing course – an intensive week at The Hurst in Shropshire.

What an experience! Thank you Tania Hershman and David Swann for insights, advice, encouragement and inspiration to write and write and write. I came home with a dozen drafts of new material and am working on two or three of them now. What a thrill to have some new pieces to focus on. And I got going at last on the production of some science fiction/scientific story items. Thanks Tania for the critique and pointing me towards superb role models for scientific fiction writing.

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Fifteen of us from several countries (Luxembourg, USA, Italy, Scotland, England) gathered on the Monday night and it was a rollercoaster of reading short stories, writing flash fiction, discussing our work and others’, listening to the experts and finally performing our work at Friday evening’s finale.

An inspiring and amazingly varied group of students – of all ages – we worked together and learned from each other and cooked for each other and washed one another’s dishes. I can’t thank everyone enough for making the week so memorable.  The Hurst is a wonderful setting for such an event and my first Arvon experience will certainly not be my last.

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‘Don’t treat your reader like an idiot…’ I love this quote.

firewordsThe people at magazine Firewords talk a lot of sense and this piece of advice for writers struck a chord with me. I tend to over-explain my stories and choosing what stuff to leave out is a real skill.

READ THE ART OF FORESHADOWING AT FIREWORDS

 

 

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Admiring other people’s work – Shirley Golden

Every so often I come across a story that says something to me. Not because the subject matter is something I know nothing about but because the writer has managed to convey a special feeling and connect me with the story and the protagonist.

A link to one such story was sent to me by Linda Tyler, my writing buddy.  We have both enjoyed this touching piece. It’s written by a very accomplished writer called Shirley Golden and it hamsterwon the 2014 Greenacre Writers Short Story competition. I hope you enjoy its gentle flow – and imagine what happened next…

It’s called The Mad Schemes of Morris.

 

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Cathy Bryant’s excellent listing for writers

Cathy Bryant, poet and author, produces an invaluable monthly listing (compsandcalls.com) for people like me to submit stories and poems for publication and competition. The great thing about Cathy’s list is the opportunities on her listing are all FREE TO ENTER.

My little success with OpeningLine.org and a more recent success with Infective Ink have resulted from targets on Cathy’s list.

Thanks Cathy, and keep them coming. It does wonders for the morale of us struggling short story writers.

Shirley

 

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