JG Ballard didn’t write this. I wrote it. But I wrote it as JG Ballard. (I wrote it for a Birkbeck Arts Week event on Ballard’s non-fiction. My Birkbeck colleague Mark Blacklock is hoping to edit a Selected Non-Fiction, to expand on A User’s Guide to the Millennium.) In 1984, Ballard published a credo, What […]
I hope, if you followed them through, you got something out of the last 10 Lessons. I tried to make them as accessible and useful as possible. I’ve collected below some resources for you to use to take your writing, reading and re-reading further. I am the Fiction Editor of MIR Online, Birkbeck College’s online […]
Welcome back. We started, 10 Lessons ago, with what you needed to be able to write. It turned out to be not that much. But what do you need in order to be a writer? This is how I usually put it: You need the intelligence to begin a story and the stupidity to finish […]
Welcome back. It’s Lesson 9, and we’re approaching the end of the Starting to Write Course. So, let’s think a bit about how to end a short story. To be honest, this is – like How to Be Funny in Prose – one of the hardest things to teach. I’d quite like some lessons myself. […]
Audio and video, good lord.