Issue 73 – Digital Edition


Mar/Apr/May 2017

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Agenda:  Can writers afford to retire?

PLUS:  Perils of perfectionism • Minimal social media • Musical theatre

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Debbie Taylor


Sara Khan • Sophie Hannah • Melissa Benn • Emily Berry • Elif Shafak


Silver lining: Melissa Benn reports on the financial difficulties faced by older woman writers
2016 Women’s Novel Competition winner

What you’re saying about… autism, depression and that s-word on the cover
What happened when you tried to tweet a story
Life sentences
Spread the love
Tribal loyalty
Writing in the world: People in palliative care, with Beda Higgins
Get creative with TinyLetter

Sophie Hannah introduces poems and stories on the theme of ‘guilty’

Creativity news; writing exercises
What works for Elif Shafak
Giving voice: Emma Claire Sweeney looks at writing from the POV of someone who can’t speak for herself
Musical theatre: Susannah Pearse on the role of the writer
Alison Macleod’s Achilles’ heel
Flash genre: Evangeline Payne
Poetry challenge: haiku, selected by Linda France
The three faces of Eve: Jane Rogers on complex female characters
Rhyme story: ‘Oswald’s choice’ by Bev Clark
Picture this: Harriet Muncaster
First page surgery with Anna South

Emily Berry talks to Alex Pryce

Publishing news
Madame Lexi’s crystal ball
Advice to my younger self
Submission bootcamp: embracing imperfection
Minimal social media: Polly Allen on how to manage your online time
Pitch surgery with Rebecca Carter
Pitch calendar
Self-help book test drive with Meg Clothier

Doors open
Open for submissions
Insight: pitch prospects
Insight: script submissions to Nottingham Playhouse
Open for entries: competitions and awards
Insight: manuscript wishlist from Sarah Manning
Insight: Gladstone’s Writer in Residence
Insight: Bridport Prize
Time away: writing holidays

Out now
Début author interview: Rosemary Dun
Six best books by BAME writers; Books about writing
Fiction issues: women writing science fiction by Liesel Schwarz
Short story news; review by Alice Slater
Short story heroes: Lucia Berlin
Script news
I confess
Non-fiction: food writing with Caroline Sanderson
E is for…
Poetry news; review by Alex Pryce

Don’t miss
Events and courses
Insight: getting a gig at Dead Women Poets Society
Insight: into a Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze performance

And finally
Sara Khan’s bedtime reading
What we’re up to
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