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'Inspired, inspiring, invaluable' Sarah Waters

Why do feminists read romance? Caroline Carpenter asks whether romantic fiction is good or bad for its readers

Wintering for writers Katherine May argues that creative fallow periods allow us to reflect on the direction to take next

The knowledge Julie Vuong talks to specialist agents and editors about trends in magic realism

Writing Time Rebecca Hastings on how a daily communal writing hour has led to a creative surge across continents – and how to join in

Interview Caroline Sanderson talks to award-winning short story writer and novelist Daisy Johnson about horror, motherhood and deleting your drafts

Insight Costa-Award-winning novelist Monique Roffey explains how her creativity thrives in the space between sleeping and waking

Transitioning How Claire Dyer used her poetry to navigate her transition from the mother of a son to the mother of a daughter.

'Entertaining, insightful and unpredictable. No woman who is serious about writing should be without it' Sophie Hannah

Playmaking In the third in her how-to series, acclaimed playwright and tutor Margaret Wilkinson spells out how to create a scene

DIY bestsellers Self-publishing guru Debbie Young on publishing and selling your own memoir

Prizewinning poems Judge Karen McCarthy Woolf introduces the winners of the 2020 Mslexia Poetry Competition. Read the winning entries along with Karen’s comments about the submissions.

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Inspired, inspiring, invaluable.

Sarah Waters

Entertaining, insightful and unpredictable. No woman who is serious about writing should be without it.

Sophie Hannah

I like the non-elitist way it deals with all kinds of writing.

Wendy Cope