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24 - 26 October 2014

Finding Inspiration to Write
Armaçao de Përa, Portugal

See Trevor Baker's two-page review of this course published in Writing Magazine.

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15 Oct 2014 - 11 March 2015

Creative Writing in the City
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 report that Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger is one of the winners in the Historical Novel Society Short Story Award 2014 with her story, "Souvenirs from Kiev”. Richard Lee, the founder of the HNS said that this year's competition “was a very strong field”. This award can only be good news for the amazing novel that Chrystyna is working on. Congratulations!


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!




On 9 October at 8pm Anne will read her award-winning story, The House of Wild Beasts, at Camden Guitars, 23 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1. Call 020 3556 4276 for tickets (£7, including tapas and a drink and live Spanish guitar).

On 6 August Anne was presented with the Historical Novel Society Short Story Award at the HNS Conference in London. Her winning story, “The House of Wild Beasts", was adapted from a novel-in-progress about the Spanish Civil War.

Finding the Inspiration to Write will held in Portugal @ the Holiday Inn Algarve. Join us for the weekend of 24 - 26 October for an autumn break in the sun and a chance to discover the stories, poems and memoirs that you are carrying inside. Residential and non-residential rates are available. Full details

Writing Tips

In the fall of 1958, Raymond Carver enrolled at Chico State University. Among the classes he signed up for was Creative Writing 101 taught by a new faculty member. In his essay, “John Gardner: The Writer As Teacher”, Carver wrote this about his mentor:

“For short story writers in his class, the requirement was one story, ten to fifteen pages in length. For people who wanted to write a novel--I think there must have been one of two of these souls—a chapter of around twenty pages, along with an outline of the rest. The kicker was that this one short story, or the chapter of the novel, might have to be revised ten times in the course of the semester for Gardner to be satisfied with it. It was a basic tenet of his that a writer found what he wanted to say in the ongoing process of seeing what he’d said. And this seeing, or seeing more clearly, came about through revision. He believed in revision, endless revision; it was something very close to his heart and something he felt was vital for writers, at whatever stage of their development.

Raymond Carver


Today's Quote

“Prose is architecture, not interior decoration."

Ernest Hemingway



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 revised 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. In 2014 she was the winner of the Historical Novel Society Short Story Award.

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.


Anne's Blog


Kurt Vonnegut is one of my literary heroes. His masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-5, is one of my favourite books . . .

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


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