Writing Magazine

Writing Magazine April 2021

The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.

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3 Min
editorial calendar

100 years ago: June 1921 • The Southwark Bridge in London was opened by King George V• The first public performance of the orchestral version of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending took place, at the Queen’s Hall in London.• The R38, then the largest airship in the world, made its maiden voyage. In August, it crashed into the Humber Estuary, killing 44 of its 49 crew.• Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was born. 90 years ago: June 1931 • The whole of the UK felt the effects of the Dogger Bank earthquake, which started in the North Sea and is the strongest earthquake to take place in the UK.• Royal Navy submarine HMS Poseidon, based at Weihei, China, sank after a collision with a steamship.• US gangster Al Capone was indicted on…

1 Min
looking in lockdown

‘Inspired by my son’s delight at watching nature “come alive” during our lockdown walks on the local common, I wrote and published my book The Year Planet Earth Had A Rest, self published through Amazon Direct Publishing,’ writes subscriber Rebecca Brinkman. ‘The story is told through the eyes of a little boy called Max who is bright and loves school but has autism and finds some things challenging, like noisy traffic and the smell of exhaust fumes. But when the world starts to slow down during lockdown Max notices how nature is benefiting from a slower pace of life and no noisy traffic. ‘As a teacher and artist, I painted most of the illustrations but my son helped me with a few too and we have kept it real by mentioning places…

6 Min
book to the future

The notion of independent publishing is not new. It just seems that way with the advent of modern technology and the recent growth of the indie author movement. Indie authors are not the rare creatures they once were. These days if you throw a twig at a bookcase (especially if that bookcase is digital) you have a good chance of hitting one. Hell, I’ll stick my neck out and say, the likelihood of hitting a few indies is high. Early adopters Authors have self-published throughout history (see box). Whilst the mechanics have changed, the reasons that writers decide to take control have not. Two key factors persist to this day. One is money and the other autonomy. The big difference between then and now is the relative ease of contemporary self-publishing. Picture Virginia…

2 Min
in summary

Read James McCreet’s suggested rewrite of this extract at http://writ.rs/wmapr21 This is a very good piece of writing. The character perspective is strong, credible and focused. Her biographical detail is lightly communicated and we feel something for Agata after very few words. We like her and appreciate her worldview. Still, I found 27 things to say about the piece. Why? Because it wasn’t perfect and it deserves to be. Most of the points I’ve made are minor and possibly even invisible to the majority of readers. Collectively, however, they raise the standard of the writing from ‘very good’ to ‘professional’. Often, the difference is in what we take out. The best writing makes the reader work. That doesn’t mean struggling to understand, but rather engaging, inferring and understanding. When the author adds ‘Agata…

1 Min
the sky’s the limit

Applications are open for the Sky Arts Royal Society of Literature Writers Awards are inviting applications. Five RSL writers will mentor five British writers of colour at the beginning of their careers. Emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting are invited to apply. The RSL mentors are Colin Grant, Tanika Gupta, Irenosen Okijie, Pascale Petit and Roy Williams. Each accepted writer will have ten free mentoring sessions plus two sessions with Awards Ambassador Bernadine Evaristo. The Awards are intended to counteract the under-representation of British writers of colour, and applications will only be accepted from writers of colour. Applicants should not have previously published a substantial work, ie a full-length collection, play or prose book. To apply, submit a CV, a 500-word statement about how you would benefit from an Award, and…

1 Min
leodiensian leads

The Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society has Science and the Arts grants, normally ranging from £100-£1,000, for individuals and organisations in support of academic, scholarly and artistic activities which ‘increase innovation, outreach and diversity in Leeds and its immediate area’. In addition to supporting local museums and galleries examples of recent grants relevant to writers includes the publication of scholarly works relating to the city, participatory theatre and other performance pieces and a picture book development with school children. An application form on the website requests details which include the purpose and objectives of the project, the work to be undertaken and an analysis of the expected expenses together with the name and address of an appropriate person who can provide a supporting recommendation. On project completion a report will need to…