Back to Creative Writing School

BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL is out in paperback and has gathered 43 reviews on Amazon UK - 40 five star, 3 four star. (10 reviews on Amazon US 9 five star, 1 four star) 

Paperback £5.99

Ebook £1.70

 

 

About the book 


'The creative writing bible 
Catherine Quinn, bestselling author of No Contacts, No Problem 

 

This book is about writing.

 

About defeating the blank page. It’s about taking risks and experimenting, giving yourself the freedom to make mistakes. It’s about finding ideas and developing them.

 

 THIS BOOK WILL NOT TELL YOU HOW TO:

 

·        write a bestseller at the weekend

·        win competitions

·        become rich and famous as a novelist.

 

Nor is it a guide to finding an agent or selling a short story. There are other books – good books – that can help with all that (except about being rich and famous, never trust a how-to book on that subject). This book is about creating the material that might become a prizewinning short story or the novel you’ve always wanted to write.

 

Written with passion, authority and gentle humour, BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL is recommended by bestselling authors, creative writing lecturers and students. 

What bestselling authors say: 

An indispensable tool for anyone wanting to write fiction... 
Sarah Rayner, author of One Moment, One Morning 

It's more than a writer's handbook - it's a book which anyone could read and if they did they would probably find their pleasure in words and the world heightened. 
Lizzie Enfield, author of What You Don’t Know and Uncoupled 

What creative writing lecturers say: 

Accessible, practical, useful advice from a true professional; what more could you want? There are exercises here for every situation and you are guaranteed to improve as a writer if you follow them. I recommend this book to all my students, and I recommend it to you. Great stuff. 
Alex Pheby, Programme Leader for Creative Writing, University of Greenwich 

One exercise triggered a sudden rush of character development for my third novel: a pivotal moment akin to falling in love. 
Dr Naomi Foyle, writer and creative writing lecturer, Chichester University 

 

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Bridget

BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL  - Bridget's bestselling ebook is now available in paperback  Amazon 
Visit Dancing with Words - the soon-to-be-published charity anthology supporting Martlets Hospice

 

 

About the author

With a background in journalism, (Bridget was once a researcher at the Daily Mirror) Bridget became a lecturer in non-fiction at Goldsmiths College – the leading creative university of the UK - just two years after graduating from the MA creative writing programme. She now teaches at many locations in south east England, including City Lit, the largest adult education centre in Europe. She has also been Writer in Residence at a community centre serving the unemployed and low waged and a medical charity . 
Her own writing career was launched when she won first prize in an international short story competition and she was granted an Arts Council bursary to complete A Good Confession, a novel set in 1960s Ireland and London described by newspaper columnist Miriam Stoppard as “unputdownable”. 

 

My review

I found this book really useful. There are loads of exercises that you can dip into and whilst I didn't try them all, the ones I did were extremely practical and certainly got the creative juices flowing. For any writer who needs a kick start, this book is invaluable. I really enjoyed the exercises on choosing character names and agree wholeheartedly that unless your aim is to deliberately confuse, then you shouldn't choose two characters whose names begin with the same letter. Many times I have had to go back and reread a chapter because of confusing identities in a writer's work.

The book is well set out and the activities easy to pick and choose from. My only regret is that I didn't read this book sooner as now I may just have to go back and check my own novel for all kinds of literary devices that hadn't occurred to me before. A great aid to writers that should be compulsory reading - Bridget's book that is - not mine!

 

5/5

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24.01 | 21:44

Thanks so much for celebrating with us and for sharing our news! We are happy you are part of our team!

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20.01 | 13:25

thank you for the superb review!

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09.01 | 08:52

Thank you so much Julie for joining the tour. I really appreciate it.

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12.10 | 11:15

Thank you so much for such a fabulous review Julie...xx

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