Issue 66 (Jun/Jul/Aug 2015)


Power lines: Danuta Kean on how the silent takeover by men of the top jobs in publishing has happened – and why it matters to us all

Big question: How do you get into the zone?

Louisa Young talks to Mary Hoffman

Moving images: Practical exercises for when your creativity feels blocked, by Jenny Alexander
Don’t give up the day job: It might hurt your writing in more ways than you expect, argues Naomi Elster
Just you and the page: Sue Gee on giving your writing the committed concentration it deserves

12 pages of competitions, calls for submissions, grants, courses, events, contacts, venues


New writing
Alison MacLeod introduces the winners and finalists in our Women’s Short Story Competition 2015

Publishing trends
Books to look out for: Danuta Kean on summer reads
Don’t miss nonfiction: selected by Caroline Sanderson
How to write a bestseller: Elizabeth is Missing
Literary agent interview, Sheila Crowley

Author insights
Poems up close: Carolyn Jess-Cooke appreciates a poem by Kathryn Simmonds
It works for me: advice from novelist Sumia Sukkar

Guides and masterclasses
Scriptory: Lucy Scher’s screenwriting series looks at point of view
Short story heroes: Linda Anderson analyses the work of Joyce Carol Oates
Hacking it: Chloe Corkhill on writing interviews
Synopsis boot camp: Motive and emotion


What went horribly wrong
for Tracy Chevalier

Bedside table
The table, the costume, the method, the books of Timberlake Wertenbaker

Book reviews
Poetry, short story, nonfiction, independent press

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