Writing Stories

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 The ‘Writing Stories’ features discuss any topic relevant to the experience of being a short story writer, or even writing short stories as a hobby. The features below come from new writers, established authors, academics, editors and journalists.

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All Lies — Pauline Masurel

Are You Sitting Comfortably – Holly Dawson

Bowen’s Beginnings – Mike Smith

Capitalise on Your Holiday — Amanda Oosthuizen

Choosing Titles That Resonate — Mike Smith

Classic Openings — Phil Latham

Connective Writing — Pauline Masurel

Do You Need to Keep a Notebook? – Sally O’Reilly

Exclusive Interview with William Trevor – Diana Reich

Finding a Happy Place: Contented Characters — Tess St. Clair-Ford

Gimbal — Jim Hinks

The Greatest Show on Earth – Jose Varghese

How Do We Keep the Home Fires Burning? — Hayley Singer

Impelling Perceptions — Mike Smith

Joined-Up Writing – Mike Smith

The Jokes Are On Me — Mike Smith

The Journey — Mike Smith

Kaleidoscope Storytelling – Alex Ruczaj

Kevin Barry Wins the Edge Hill Short Story Prize — David Frankel

Loud and Clear? — Juliet West

My True Love — Pauline Masurel

Naming Names — Mike Smith

Praiseworthy or Just Pointless? — Nicholas Royle

Pregnant With Meaning — Carol Fenlon

The Procrastination Hurdle – Elaine Wilson

Pulling Words — Deborah McMenamy

The Queen of Ing — Lynda Nash

Redrafting — Loree Westron

Short Stories and the Power of ‘Not Knowing’ — David Constantine

Similarities and Differences – Mike Smith

A Single Word — Mike Smith

Strange Creatures — Joseph O’Connor

Suspended Sentences — Mike Smith

Tales from the Tutor – Carolyn Thomas

Telling Tales – Pauline Masurel

There Once Was a Woman — Jane Hayward

Three Stories and Me – Séamus Duggan

Time to Talk About Humour – Jonathan Pinnock

What is a Short Story? — Paul Curd

What is a Writer? — Phil Latham

What We Talk About When We Talk About Editing – Angela Readman

Whoever Holds the Rattle Tells the Tale — Erinna Mettler

Why So Tense? — Juliet West

Word Packages — Mike Smith

Working For A Living — Sally O’Reilly

The Writer — Everywhere and Nowhere — Soumya Bhattacharya

A Writer’s View — Jackie Kay

Writing Short Stories: The Foreword – Kate Clanchy

Writing Without Rules — Frank Burton

You’re Doing a Degree in What? — Morgaine Davidson

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