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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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Flash Fiction – why not?

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I like short short stories and today I wrote my first 100-word story for a competition. It was great fun and it reminded me of some of the writing exercises we have done in workshops. There’s nothing like a deadline and a prompt to get me writing.

I think I should always have some urgency to write because I produce words more readily under pressure. Well, here’s hoping my foray into short short stories will prove fruitful in 2016.

I must thank Cathy Bryant for her super site cathyscompsandcalls. Already I have had a success with one of my stories being accepted for publication in one of the literary journals that Cathy recommended in her list of opportunities for writers. Thanks Cathy!

After submitting over 50 entries for magazines and competitions in 2015 I am hoping to up my success rate this year. And in January I saw my first little success, so that bodes well. Thanks especially to Linda, my writing buddy who keeps me on the right track, and who has seen her own measure of success rise too.

Onwards and upwards, I say.

Linda and I are off to Durhamhill for one of their marvellous residential writing courses in March. Really looking forward to that!

 

 

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