Monthly Archives: October 2011

Writing Great First Sentences by William Kowalski

A Guest Blog from William Kowalski. William Kowalski is the author of Eddie’s Bastard, recently mentioned by the Guardian  as an “overlooked classic of American literature“, and several other books.  You can visit him online at, or request his … Continue reading

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My Path To Publication – by Barry Kirwan

This is the first in an irregular series of pieces by WW alumni detailing their roads to publication. My (long and winding) eight year path to publication Barry Kirwan When I moved to Paris in the Spring of 2001, I … Continue reading

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How to write for children and young adults

Guest author and blogger Philip Womack is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Other Book and The Liberators. The Liberators was a Children’s Book of the Year for 2010 in The Times and The Daily Telegraph. He is … Continue reading

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How to write a non-fiction synopsis

A guest blog from Sam Jordison. Sam has been earning a living as a writer since the year 2000. He is the author of five books (including the best-selling Crap Towns and Sod That!: 103 Things Not To Do Before … Continue reading

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What’s special about writing picture books?

Guest author and blogger Pippa Goodhart has been shortlisted for the Smarties, Young Telegraph Book of the Year, Blue Peter Book of the Year and Stockton Children’s Book of the Year. She has had more than fifty books published, ranging … Continue reading

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Why to get started writing a screenplay by Jon Spira

Guest Blog from Jon Spira. Jon has written feature film scripts for Manga Live, Palm Pictures and a multitude of independent producers. He has taught the UK Film Council Screenwriting course since 2004. Anyone Can Play Guitar (directed by Jon … Continue reading

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Getting feedback on your writing: the joys and the sorrows

Hot on the heels of the previous post, I wanted to talk about something that gets too little attention: the emotional side of getting feedback on your writing. To start with, an admission. When we run events like Saturday’s Getting … Continue reading

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Miracle-grow: what feedback on your writing can do for you.

I’ve just about recovered from the Getting Published conference we held on Saturday – as ever, an amazingly intense, crowded, and inspiring experience. We found some writers who may be ready to present to agents (hooray!) and we’re starting to … Continue reading

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Multiple Congratulations

More ridiculously vast and wonderful torrents of good news. Gideon Roberton (whom some of you will remember from the Festival) has signed up with Piers Blofeld at Sheil Land. Piers will be seeking to sell Gideon’s book asap. Gideon had … Continue reading

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The Advance Information Sheet

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Following a Whiskean query to my post on The Elevator Pitch, I thought I would let you know what an AI sheet looks like. It has to contain all these good things. And it looks like this: (image from Penguin … Continue reading

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Publishing via Amazon

Guest Blog from Andrew Wilson, writing as Sam Ripley. Every time I looked at the manuscript that sat on the shelves of my study I felt a sense of failure. The book – my second novel, The Gift of Death, … Continue reading

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Monster congratulations to WW client Ian Thornton whose Death and Life of a Grim Reaper has been bought by Simon & Shuster in Toronto. Westwood Creative Artists are currently in Frankfurt seeking to sell the book worldwide. The book had … Continue reading

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How to Succeed at Screenwriting

I spent time yesterday with a couple of different production companies – one of them a large company affiliated with a major broadcaster, the other a small London-based indie with a strong slate of up-coming productions and some very good … Continue reading

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Dealing with writer’s block

Guest author and blogger Jane Struthers is the author of over twenty non-fiction books on a range of subjects, including Red Sky at Night: The Book of Lost Countryside Wisdom and Beside the Seaside: A Celebration of the Place We … Continue reading

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