STARTING TO WRITE – Lesson 8: Exposition and how to avoid it

You may have heard that common piece of advice from Creative Writing workshops ‘Show, don’t tell’, and you have have wondered what it meant. Or you may know. Here is an example of telling – Sara was born in May 1996. Ten years later her mother published her first novel. It was called Jumping Jumping. There […]

Wrestliana – William Litt (A Creative Writing Tutorial)

In this cut section from Wrestliana, I imagine giving my ancestor William Litt a creative writing tutorial, to help him improve his novel Henry & Mary.   Scene: My office.   Ah, William – hello. Come in. Yes, that chair. I always sit in this one, don’t know why. Fine – okay? How are you? How have […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 5 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness?   On the evening of Friday 26th May 2017, in the Keynes Library at Birkbeck, Professor Kay Redfield Jamison gave a reading from her amazing medical and poetic biography, Robert Lowell: Setting […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 4 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? The podcast from the fourth Friday evening event, which took place on Friday 19th May 2017, can be listened to here: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/2017/05/writing-well-and-writing-to-get-well-nathan-filer-and-agata-vitale-in-conversation/ Nathan Filer, author of The Shock of the Fall, and Agata […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 3 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? The podcast from the third Friday evening event, which took place on Friday 12th May 2017, can be listened to here: https://birkbeck.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c5377e27-5648-4bae-afe6-0b3e2d5b2072 Dr Suzanne O’Sullivan and Professor Rodrigo A. Bressan discuss Creative Writing and Mental […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 2 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? The podcast from the second Friday evening event, which took place on Friday 5th May 2017, can be listened to here: https://birkbeck.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=b9b08fdf-01ad-4cda-baa7-c2e852cd9405 (Just audio, not video.) Here’s a little information about it: Dr […]

Writing Well and Writing to Get Well 1 Podcast

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? The podcast from the first Friday evening Writing Well and Writing to Get Well event, which took place at Birkbeck on Friday 28th April 2017, can be listened to here: https://birkbeck.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bb301555-e337-4bd1-961a-fe1163bea178 […]