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So you’ve finished your novel. Press Pause.

This week an emerging writer whose work I’ve seen develop over the past two to three years, emailed me to say she had finished writing the novel, and is keen to send it to an agent or a publisher. I’m really happy for her, because a full draft that’s been revised a couple of times…

Le Guin workshopped too

“I’m in a little group, eight of us.” Even in her last years, the great Ursula K. Le Guin was workshopping her writing. “I’m in a little group, eight of us, that write for each other and read to each other.” ursula k. Le Guin interview with John freeman, the boston globe I hope I’ll…

Autumn 22 Writing Workshop

13th April — 6th July This is an intensive series of online and zoom workshops that will encourage a regular writing practice, with each participant submitting a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 2000 words fortnightly, for feedback and discussion. Our focus is on narrative in any style in the genres of novel,…

SUMMER 21 WRITING WORKSHOP

This is an intensive set of workshops to encourage a regular writing practice, with each participant submitting 500-2000 words (or equivalent for poetry) fortnightly, for feedback and discussion.

Get out of novel iso

The novel manuscript’s needs are great, and constant. Novels are anti-social creatures that don’t want you to share yourself with any other manuscript. You return to it again and again, but it invariably wants more hours from you. You love it, and hate it. When you’re together, you feel boring. Only occasionally do you feel…

The critical first, middle and last 10 pages

In the most recent of Writing NSW’s First Friday Club talks, hosted by author Ashley Kalagian Blunt, publisher Terri-ann White spoke about her new publishing venture Upswell Publishing. After publishing around 450 books at UWA Press, Terri-ann White has partnered with Black Inc. and Penguin Random House for representation and distribution in Australia and internationally.  Upswell’s first book will be out this August.…

Bold Ink creative writing mentoring launches

Welcome to my The Bold Ink – Creative Mentoring and Author Services. After thirty years of mentoring writers through my teaching in universities — Johns Hopkins, UTS and Macquarie — I’m now freelancing. Thankyou to my first clients who’ve been a joy to work with these past two months: Jennifer, Ghina, Kylie, Jacqui and Christine.…

Hilary Mantel’s first person

A thousand pages of writing were framed by Mantel’s first paragraphs about Cromwell the boy: from the blood of her first pages, to the blood of his death with the executioner’s axe. Mantel was talking about Thomas Cromwell last night at Carriageworks, and the writing and research for the Wolf Hall trilogy, a little about…

a pinch of megalomania

“Lie about everything to anyone who’s a stranger to you.” Reading excerpts of Walter Serner’s 1927 book Last Loosening, I thought how similar Serner’s lessons for con artists are to our self-styling social media posts today, a century later. ‘Be more than you are, be nothing!’ Followed by, ‘Then you will be something.’ Then when…

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