People like you never get published? A major literay agency is trying to do something about it…

Thank you very much for this information, Bridget Whelan

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

building abstractLiterary agency David Higham Associates is to host an open day for writers who don’t have an an agent and come from underrepresented backgrounds – that includes LGBTQ+ writers, BAME, those from working-class backgrounds and from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, along with people with disabilities. It doesn’t actually say so on the press release, but I think the definition also embraces older writers.

The day will offer 10 writers the opportunity to meet with industry experts and to receive tailored feedback on their work.

Intended to be a bi-annual event, the inaugural DHA Open Day will take place on Thursday 13th December 2018 at the agency’s offices in Soho and will focus on fiction-writing for adults. It will also feature talks and Q&As with agents and publishers, one-to-one sessions to provide tailored feedback on current writing projects and a drinks reception.

DHA’s second Open Day will take place in 2019 and will focus…

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International Spine-chilling short story competition

Feel like writing a spine chilling short story? Author Bridget Whelan has provided us with a short story competition you could participate. Good Luck!

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

The Creative Competitor – an author service organisation – have been running writing competitions for over five years. This month they want something scary in 1000 words or less (and that includes the title).

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £200
4th Prize: £100

Closing date: 31st October 2016
Entry fee: £3.50

spooky-pictureYou can use the above photo for inspiration but The Creative Competitior say they welcome imaginative interpretations of the theme. 

So here is another picture to chill your imagination.

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Rules:

You must be aged 18 or over
Open to writers worldwide

Maximum word count is 1000 including the title
Submissions must be original and previously unpublished
You may include reference to the above photo
You may enter multiple submissions providing the correct fees are paid
Submissions must be written in English

Submissions must be pasted into the body of the email (unless otherwise specified) and sent…

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Free online course from the grandmother of all creative writing courses – the University of Iowa

Thank you so much, Bridget Whelan, for this information!

This course is all FREE TO EVERYONE in the world who have access to a computer or mobile device with a stable internet connection…

BRIDGET WHELAN writer

The very first creative writing workshops were pioneered at the University of Iowa in the 1930s and they still have a mighty reputation today.

They are now offering a free open online course to explore Walt Whitman’s writings on the American Civil War,  looking at how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, and reconciliation – in Whitman’s time and today.

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Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster is open to everyone and they mean everyone. Erxperienced writers and absolute beginners can apply, people who are already experts in Walt Whitman and those who have never heard of the 19th century American poet are welcome.

That’s not all, the International Department at Iowa promise:

Participants who are nonnative speakers of English, new to online learning, and/or new to writing are encouraged to join this new international community. Our community moderators will actively support…

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