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The Start Writing Annual 2017 contains 26 original pieces that grew out of my workshops last year. The journal launched with a reading/release party at our new favourite venue, The Monarch Tavern. Read more…

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The Start Writing Annual 2017 is now available. Read on for this year’s overview and contributors.
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From Her Wooden Sleep 2

I’m thrilled to have run a writing workshop at The Power Plant this summer to complement Ydessa Hendeles’ The Milliner’s Daughter. Here’s a recap of the workshop and the exhibition.

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The Start Writing Podcast chat with author, editor and book nerd Mark Leslie on the craft of telling stories, and the business of finding an audience.
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A cautionary tale about ignoring your work for too long, and the joy of getting away from it all.

If you’ve taken one of my workshops and heard snippets about men in white coats, a mailboy named Charlie, or obsessive-compulsive pizza eating, you’ve heard some parts of my novel-in-progress. Many elements of the current draft made the journey from handwritten, in-group exercises to typed, edited pages. Many, but not all.

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