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24 - 26 October 2014

Finding Inspiration to Write
Armaçao de Përa, Portugal

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15 Oct 2014 - 11 March 2015

Creative Writing in the City
Ernst & Young
London SE1, UK

This monthly course is open only to employees of Ernst & Young.

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9 & 16 November 2014

Fiction Masterclass Intensive

London, WC1, UK

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Special Gift Idea

Wondering what special gift you might give to someone who writes or wants to? Why not give a place on one of our upcoming writing courses? There are a wide variety of workshops for all levels of ability, from beginners to published authors.

Go to the Gift Certificates page to see what you need to do to delight that special writer in your life.


Student News


I am thrilled to say that Emma Healey's new book, Elizabeth Is Missing, was published on 5 June 2014. This wonderful novel will be published simultaneously in the Nederlands, Italy, Canada, France, Germany and the US. I had the honour of seeing its metamorphosis from a manuscript into a brilliant book! May it sell like hotcakes . . .


I am hugely pleased to announce the publication of Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy Hoskins. This book that delves into the underbelly of fasion was published by Pluto Press in February 2014. Congrats, Tansy!




Arrive early or stay longer to enjoy the beach next to the Holiday Inn Algarve where Anne's Finding the Inspiration to Write weekend will start 24 Oct. Residential and non-residential rates. Join us for the weekend of 25 - 26th!


Writing Tips

The Guardian Review ran a weekly feature, “Writers’ Rooms”, featuring a column of text and a picture of where a prominent writer works. This is an excerpt from the contribution by the 2005 Mann Booker Prize winner, John Banville:

“What was it Hemingway asked for—a clean, well-lighted place? We cannot all afford a farm in Cuba or a suite at the George V in newly liberated Paris, and more often than not, must strive to forge our clean well-lighted sentences at a folding table wedged between the baby’s cot and the dining table. In one of his cramped refuges the exile Vladimir Nabokov had to work in the bath, with a wooden board placed across the top to hold his famous sheaves of bristol file cards. A far cry from Thomas Mann’s and Evelyn Waugh’s leather-topped desks and foot-long cigars. We all yearn in our hearts to be Larkin’s “shit in the shuttered chateau”, but few of us achieve that grand apotheosis.”


Today's Quote

“The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.”

Emile Zola



Anne Aylor is a professional writer and teacher who has had short stories and poems published by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Oxford University Press, The Literary Review, London Magazine and Stand Magazine.

Her first novel, No Angel Hotel, was republished in 2012 in a new edition. Her second novel, The Double Happiness Company, was published in 2011. She is 90,000 words into her third and is working on a fourth.

A number of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and in 2011 for the Fish Short Story Prize.

Her stage play, Children of the Dust, won a playwrighting competition and was co-produced by the Soho Theatre and Theatre Warehouse, Croydon.

She worked in post-war Bosnia where she practised Chinese medicine and taught ballet. She taught ballet at Morley College in London and is a member of PEN and 26. In 2007 she was a shortlist judge for the story competition held by the Wimbledon Book Fest and in 2011 she was the judge in the Peter Barry Short Story Competition.


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AngelCasaCaminoAugust 2012 marked the US launch of No Angel Hotel, sponsored by the Border Book Festival.


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