MA Writing For Young People

Last year, I completed my Masters in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University.Applying to the course was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and it has changed my life considerably since then! Despite the fact I was working full time, I decided to fit the course into one year instead ofContinue reading “MA Writing For Young People”

The Eye of the Storm

There are so many reasons why people write. To communicate or for work, for pleasure or to express themselves. I find that I write for fun and to be creative, but I also write to make myself feel better and to bring structure to my day. Sometimes the chaos of life can become difficult toContinue reading “The Eye of the Storm”

Writing and Reading Resolutions

  I only have one New Year’s resolution this year – to make sure I write and read every day. It doesn’t have to be much, just something. Even if it is just writing a sentence and reading a page! After the time off over Christmas and New Year I feel rusty when it comesContinue reading “Writing and Reading Resolutions”

The Next Generation of Writers

I remember learning to write by copying the story of ‘The Little Matchstick Girl’ word for word into my notebook. I didn’t know what each letter meant or even how they all fit together; they were just scribbles I laboriously traced over. All I can remember is that I desperately wanted to capture the taleContinue reading “The Next Generation of Writers”

Write Yourself Happy

I find it hard to write when I feel down and low. I lack the energy and the motivation to try and string together a coherent sentence. I feel like it is one sentence forward then two deleted. I am my own worst critic when I feel unhappy. It becomes an exhausting process trying to writeContinue reading “Write Yourself Happy”

The undercover Writer

I sometimes feel like I have a secret identity. ‘The undercover writer’ During work hours I sit in the office and dutiful work for my paycheck. But in the quiet moments, maybe during a rainy lunch break or while on an extended tea break, I write. While I type, the grey walls disappear and theContinue reading “The undercover Writer”

The Urge to Write

Sometimes the urge to write is so strong I feel distracted and unfocused until I write something down… It doesn’t have to be profound, or even any good, but I always feel calmer once I have written down any tangled thoughts. Worries or anxieties that are pacing around in my head seem much more harmlessContinue reading “The Urge to Write”

Sense of Community

I have always thought writing to be a lonely career. I envisioned great writers to be social pariahs, shunning social events for their craft.  I imagined them scribbling away all hours of the day and night at desks in dusty rooms filled with books. But while this may be the case for some, many famousContinue reading “Sense of Community”