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Reading for others: one writer’s experience

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There are loads of techniques for improving your writing (and, crucially, self-editing) ability. One such technique is critiquing other writers’ work – normally, though not always, on a reciprocal basis. As anyone who’s used the Writers’ Workshop editorial services knows, … Continue reading

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4 Lessons to Learn from Self-published Bestsellers

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What follows is a guest post from Sarah Juckes at self-pub outfit Completely Novel. More on her and her company at the bottom of this post. For now, just plunge right in. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt whilst working … Continue reading

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Writers in conversation: Steve Cavanagh and Luca Veste

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We’re running a new, occasional series of writers in conversation. We ask those writers to talk about things of mutual interest to them, but otherwise don’t set parameters for those conversations at all. Steve Cavanagh is a human rights lawyer … Continue reading

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Become A Published Author With Ease: 5 Top Tips For Self-Publishing

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Thought being a profitable Self-Published Author was only for professional marketeers? Think again! It is rapidly becoming a really viable option for anyone who is prepared to learn the secrets to Self-Publishing success. In 2016 The Writers’ Workshop is launching … Continue reading

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Taking on Melville: a guest post by Naomi Williams

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Worried about entering a genre that’s already dense with Great Writers of the past and present? Naomi Williams encountered just that challenge with her debut novel, Landfalls, a work of historical fiction. Here’s her account of how she overcame it … Continue reading

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Lochlan Bloom: How The Writers’ Workshop critique helped my novel find a publisher

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We always love to hear about our clients’ success stories, and here Lochlan Bloom has written an article so that you can read about his success too.  – The Writers’ Workshop There are numerous articles out there about how to … Continue reading

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Writers in conversation: Simon Toyne and John Martin

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We’re running a new, occasional series of writers in conversation. We ask those writers to talk about things of mutual interest to them, but otherwise don’t set parameters for those conversations at all. John is a non-fiction writer about crime … Continue reading

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Supporting characters in fiction: how to make yours strong, memorable and useful

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This is a guest post by William Ryan, and is an excerpt, expanded and adapted, from the book that William co-wrote with M.R. Hall on Writing Crime Fiction. I’ve seen the book and I think it’s terrific – short, clear, … Continue reading

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Writers in conversation: Ava Marsh & Marnie Riches

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We’re running a new, occasional series of writers in conversation. We ask those writers to talk about things of mutual interest to them, but otherwise don’t set parameters for those conversations at all. Ava and Marnie are both crime writers, … Continue reading

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The fuckety index: how much bad language is allowed in your novel?

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Just for fun, I recently measured how often I used the word “Fuck” and its derivatives in my most recent novel. I also asked a bunch of other crime writers to see how potty-mouthed they were . . . and … Continue reading

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Story structure in the novel: enrich your fiction with Hollywood tips

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A guest post by novelist & screenwriter, Alexandra Solokoff. A fuller biography and links to her work can be found at the end of this post. There is a rhythm to dramatic storytelling, just as there’s a rhythm to every … Continue reading

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Festival Success and overcoming Big Scary Things: Jo Cannon’s story

This blog is written by the lovely Joanna Cannon who attended Festival of Writing 2014. Having won the Friday Night Live competition Jo walked away with seven offers from literary agents and eventually signed with Susan Armstrong from Conville and … Continue reading

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Amanda Saint: How the Writers’ Workshop helped me write a novel that got a publisher

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Recently I had my dream come true of getting a publisher for my debut novel. Once I’d calmed down enough to start making some sense again one of the first things I did was email the team at the Writers’ … Continue reading

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How to build a writing habit. A guest post from Bec Evans

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How to build a writing habit I first met novelist Rosie Garland ten years after she’d started writing fiction. With four and a half completed novels – none of which had had been published – she was on the verge … Continue reading

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Me and My Literary Agent – Getting an Agent and the Deal you Really Want

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Those who have been to the Festival of Writing will know James Law – the author of this guest post – very well. Here James tells us about his journey to the top and what it took for him to … Continue reading

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