6 - 13 June 2015
Novel Intensive & Writing Retreat
There are still a few places left on this exciting course. Immerse yourself in your writing, learn how to improve your manuscript and share the stimulation of being with other writers.
28 September - 3 October 2015
Life Writing: Suitcase Stories
Beaworthy, Devon, UK
Arvon look or book
23 - 30 October 2015
Tai Chi, Writing & Meditation
Dhanakosa Buddhist Retreat near Loch Lomond, Scotland, UK
14 October 2015 - 13 April 2016
Creative Writing in the City
This monthly course is open only to employees of Ernst & Young.
15 & 22 November 2015
Fiction Masterclass Intensive
London, WC1, UK
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Emma Healey's Costa-winning first novel is to be turned into a TV series. Read more . . .
Lezanne Clannachan's short story, "Lessons in a Foreign Language " was shortlisted for the 2015 Fish Short Story Prize.
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!
Emma Healey's book, Elizabeth Is Missing, was 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!
In June Anne will be leading a 7-day writing retreat in Spain in the countryside outside Gerona. The course has morning workshops, afternoon 1-2-1 tutorials and evening sessions to showcase your work and receive constructive criticism on your writing.
If you are going to become a good writer, you must offer your work to others to see if it is working. When you decide to share what you have written, seek criticism rather than praise. The following is in the book, It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be:
"The only way you would prove a person has talent is if he could revise."
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. In 2015 she was longlisted 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.
Anne received the Historical Novel Society International Short Story Award 2014. Her winning story, “The House of Wild Beasts", was adapted from a novel-in-progress about the Spanish Civil War.
Much of what is considered "fiction" is rooted in experience. Ernest Hemingway is no exception: Frederick Henry's war experiences in A Farewell to Arms . . .