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CoastWord’s Writing Mums: Keeping Mum

Writing groups are places to forge friendships as well as hone words, as poet Hannah Lavery discovered when setting up Writing Mums.

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Navigating the Story Arc with Hare and Tortoise

Illustrator and author Alison Murray looks at the way the story of Hare and Tortoise can help us tie down story arcs for picture books.

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Writing on Retreat: Finding Your Own Way

Get some advice for an impending writing retreat - or be inspired to book one - with insights from author Helen Sedgwick.

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Seven Fab Advice Books for Writers

If you're having trouble with the 'how to' of writing, here are some fab books for your bedside table.

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How to Start a Writers' Group

Need some writer friends in your corner? Looking for feedback on your creative output? Setting up your own writing group could be the answer.

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Five Ways to Be a Better Self-Editor

A solid ability to edit is what can transform a decent idea or inspired passage into an accomplished piece of writing. Discover five easy ways to hone your self-editing skills.

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Writing (but not Visiting) St Kilda

Award winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean lets us in on a little secret about writing place - imagination is key!

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Writing Memoir: How I Write Life

Miranda Doyle delves into what it means to write a memoir. Don’t tiptoe round the edges, hoping to keep those best shoes of yours clean. Get right into the heart of your subject, no matter how personal it is.

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50 Word Fiction is Getting Bigger

Our monthly writing challenge has two new categories and some fab new prizes from the Gaelic Book Council. Is now the time for you to put pen to paper?

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5 Ways to Write Right Now

Poet and novelist Claire Askew offers up some excellent advice for getting yourself in the writing mood, wherever you are.

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