Monthly Archives: July 2014

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2015 Short Story Competition

Relax… the deadline for this one’s 15th Feb 2015, and it’s free to enter! Short story entries are invited up to 2000 words on the theme ‘Joy’. The prize is a healthy £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course of your choice. For more details, see the website

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Posted by on July 29, 2014 in General


Ooh! Top-drawer novelist to visit Story Cafe!

I’m pleased to announce that none other than the fabulous Graham Joyce will be coming to visit the Story Cafe on Tuesday September 30th.  This event is part of Leicester’s Everybody’s Reading festival, and will run from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Beaumont Leys Library.

You can’t beat learning at first hand about the craft of writing and the habits of the successful writer. Who better to impart these jewels of wisdom than local writer Graham? The prolific author of more than twenty novels has won many prizes and knows more than a thing or two about how to tell a good story and what it takes to succeed as a writer. The Story Café will throw open its doors to the public for this session, an unmissable opportunity for all would-be writers.



If you’re ever stuck (or, more to the point, need to put an idea in perspective!) check out the Worst Muse on Twitter…

If a character has curves, make sure to specify that they are in all the right places. Otherwise, readers will be confused.




…and other inspiring advice 🙂

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in General

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