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Dawn Amesbury
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Ellen Phethean - ‘Creating Believable Characters’ Workshop and Interview
Workshop summary On a cold January day at York Library, Ellen Phethean gave an insightful character workshop to a keen set of North East Scoobies (along with a few guests from North West region!). The workshop covered many of the main problems that writers ...
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Getting Away From It All: Why Writers Need Retreats
Five writer friends and I have just returned from a self-organised 'mini retreat' in North Yorkshire. The weekend was something that all of us needed, for different reasons. Mine was to finish the first draft of my teen novel, The Difference Engineer. Also,...
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Writing Creative Non-fiction - what is it and how do you get started?
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Getting to Grips with Creative Non-fiction
What is it and how do you get started? Put into its simplest terms, creative non-fiction conveys facts in a creative way. In other words “true stories well told”. Most of what we write day to day is non-fiction, but most is far from creative. It could be ar...
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My latest blog post on ways to beat the dreaded writers' block.
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Beating Writers' Block
Every writer, no matter how seasoned, will at some point find themselves at the mercy of the dreaded 'writers' block'. Sometimes there's a good reason for it, such as a stressful life event, and sometimes it's unclear what the problem is (other than a total...
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JaNoWriMo - Crossing the Finish Line!
It felt good to cross the finish line on Friday with the last writing session of our JaNoWriMo challenge. It means I now have a rough first draft to work with over the coming months. And, although L was already there with her first draft, she continued to c...
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