Seven Days of Story Inspiration from Writers’ HQ

writers' hq seven ideas in seven days online writing course

SEVEN IDEAS IN SEVEN DAYS – 1 WEEK ONLINE WRITING COURSE – STARTS 5th JUNE (£20)

Learn how to see, hear and think like a writer with Writers’ HQ’s 5-star online creative writing course, Seven Ideas in Seven Days.  Designed to fit around every day life and a busy schedule wherever you are in the world, we’ll give you techniques and exercises for generating ideas and turning them into usable outlines for brilliant stories.

If you’ve ever sat down with good intentions to write a short story but find your brain (and the page) utterly blank, then this is the writing course for you. Ideas are the bedrock of story writing. Sometimes they come thick and fast, and sometimes they seem to languish in the dank cellar of your subconscious and refuse to come out to play. Seven Ideas in Seven Days will help you to turn into an idea-generating machine using inspiring exercises, forum discussions, writing prompts, feedback and support.

Over the course of the week, we’ll teach your brain to germinate those idea-seeds. (Seedy ideas? Something like that.) We’ll give you techniques to spot ideas in both the fantastic and the mundane, exercises to encourage them to grow and bloom, ways to record them for when you need them, and generally help you get into the habit of THINKING.

By the end you will have: seven ideas that can be grown into fully fledged stories, or inserted into existing stories to make them even better. Book your place HERE!

WHAT YOU GET

  • Seven ideas that you can use, grow, nurture, or throw on the floor in frustration (then pick up again and hope no one saw)
  • Daily inspiration, whip-cracking, writing exercises and prompts
  • Top tips from tip-top authors
  • A private student forum to discuss ideas, techniques and get advice from your tutors and fellow writers
  • Dedicated support by email from your fantastic tutors
  • Feedback and writerly conversation from the LOVELY social media community of Writers HQers

STARTS MONDAY 5th JUNE (and costs just £20!) – BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Still not convinced? Check out just a few of the 5-star reviews from previous students:

“More ideas than you can shake an inspiration stick at! Fab exercises for toning up your idea muscles. A fun, inspiring week.”

“Super splendid idea generating joy! I’d been feeling like I’d lost the ability to generate ideas but this course gave me my confidence back. You’ll get the chance to play around with some really fun exercises and just see what happens! I got at least seven really decent ideas to develop further. It’s great value for money and will really give you a great big creative kick. Five gold stars from me!”

“A mysterious benefactor gives you a task a day and – shazam! – by the end of the week you’re a-fizzing with ideas. Tis witchcraft. Do it.”

“Inspiring! A really varied crash course in ideas generation. It was great sharing the course with a small group of fellow students and Sarah is a wonderful course leader. I’ll definitely use the ideas I came up with and the techniques I learned in my writing. Five gold stars!”

” Just a fab way to work. Really enjoyed myself and discovered so many aspects of the writing process I didn’t know or ignored. They throw you in at the deep end but best way to question your process and the way you work. We are so easily stuck in a rut. And this course is a real encouragement to define a box and then think outside it.”

Orange as Inspirational Fruit

orangesThe holiday season is on its way, but don’t let that distract you from writing… and entering The A3 Review’s last monthly contest of 2016.

This month’s theme is Orange Things: an antidote to the grey winter weather (or to echo the sunshine if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere). Deadline for entries is 24th December. We won’t be expecting you to address festive topics (do people still put satsumas into Christmas stockings?) or even The Donald’s tan and hair dye!

We’re looking for short fiction, poetry and artwork that reflects the complexity and uniqueness of ‘orange’ – an ancient word and one of the few which (fun fact alert) has no direct rhymes in English, only half-rhymes.

Write about the colour orange and its associations with places: an orange beach under an orange sun with melting orange ice-lollies. Write or draw the moods and situations associated with orange: warmth, fire, energy, danger. Or explore the association of orange and religion: Irish Protestant links with Orange in France, the meaning of the colour for Hindus and Buddhists. The Dutch House of Orange.

Visit our Submittable page for more inspiration.

“Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now’.” Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast.

Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication in our six-monthly journal. All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for each issue receive cash prizes totalling £275.

Follow us on Twitter and sign up to our newsletter. And if you’re looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on your short fiction, editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin offer a critique service for writers. To find out more about it, click here.

The A3 Review: Issue 5 Is Here!

issue-5It’s a busy time at the The A3 Review. Issue #5 has officially launched! Short fiction and poetry from the UK, North America and Ireland. There’s also a guest piece from leading US flash fiction writer Meg Pokrass. You can order a copy via this link.

Meanwhile, our monthly contests to find contributors for Issue #6 are underway. The theme for October is Uniforms. Soldiers, nurses, prisoners, cops, sailors, fighter pilots, guerilla fighters, firefighters, goths, priests, chefs, hipsters and school children… the list of uniforms people wear is long and varied.

We’re looking for stories about how characters change when they put on a uniform, how people perceive those in uniform, how much of a disguise a uniform can be. You could write about a couple – one who loves their uniform, the other hates it. Or someone who doesn’t need to wear a uniform, but does anyway. Use the idea of rank and status to kickstart your creativity. Write about uniforms you’ve worn, or about those that excite or scare you. Secret uniforms and uniforms that elicit shame or pride.

Visit our Submittable page for more inspiration. The deadline is 22 October 2016.

Each month we choose two winning pieces for publication (The A3 Review is published twice a year). All winning entries receive Writing Maps and contributor copies, while three overall winners for each issue receive cash prizes totaling £275. You can get more inspiration by following The A3 Review on Twitter @TheA3Review and sign up for our newsletter here.

If you’re looking for detailed, knowledgeable and forward-looking feedback on your short fiction, editors KM Elkes and Shaun Levin are offering a critique service for writers. To find out more click here.

Happy writing and reading.

Short Story Critiques and Refugee Fundraiser

Here’s an opportunity to receive some writerly feedback and support a worthy cause at the same time.  Harriet Kline, award winning short story writer, experienced in teaching and assessing creative writing, is offering to critique short stories of up to 5000 words in return for a £20 donation to Medecins Sans Frontieres or the Doctors of the World Calais Appeal.   More information here

August Fortnightly Round-Up III

Hello all,
Here’s what’s been happening on our blog over the past few weeks.
Best,
Tania x

Lit Mags
Open Pen magazine are to publish an anthology of short stories. The London Journal of Fiction is calling for submissions. Structo has a new issue out and is running a submissions experiment. Paper Republic has just launched, publishing new Chinese fiction in translation.

New lit mag Flight Journal is seeking bold short fiction. Paper and Ink Zine’s new issue, #6, is now available, as is the summer issue of Jotters United, Stuck. The Queen’s Head is calling for submissions for Issue #7 – a Sci-Fi Special and Shooter Literary Magazine is calling for submissions for its ‘Surreal’ issue.

Bunbury magazine’s ninth issue is published, The Night Issue and SHORT FICTION gives us a preview of their ninth issue. Trafika Europe’s fourth issue, Armenian Rhapsody, is now available, as is Holdfast magazine’s Issue 6, Gods and Monsters, and they are looking for work for Issue 7. The Nottingham Review is still open for submissions for its first issue. Hotel Magazine has announced issue 1 and is calling for submissions for its second issue.

Live Lit

We’re delighted to welcome a new live lit event to our listings, Speak Easy Manchester: “a night of eclectic poetry, prose and creative non-fiction”. Fictions of Every Kind is holding it’s Worlds-themed event on Sept 7th in Leeds. And London StorySLAM Live is calling for submissions for its event on 1st October.

Competitions

Shoreline of Infinity magazine is running a science fiction competition, deadline 21 Dec. Liberties Flash Fiction competition has published the winning entries, now available on iTunes. Galley Beggar Press have launched a new short story prize, deadline Nov 15th. The A3 Review launches 6 new writing contests.

A new competition, the Cambridge Flash Fiction award, has just launched, with monthly deadlines. The Cro-Magnon lit zine’s new short story competition, ‘Primitive Humanity‘ closes on Sept 15th.

Other

Taylz is now live and providing free, structured feedback on short stories.

Festivals & Workshops
Paul McVeigh is running his Killer First Page workshop in Bath on October 17th, followed by a an evening reading.

Last Minute & Gentle Reminders
The London Short Story Prize closes tomorrow, Sep 1st (UK residents only). The University of Leicester’s 2015 short story competition is open until 11 September.

If you are eager for even more short-story-related news, do follow ShortStops on Twitter where, when we should be writing, we spend (far too) much time passing on news from lit mags, live lit events, short story workshops and festivals! If you’d like to review an event or a publication, drop me a line.

Structured feedback for your short stories; Taylz is live! (and free).

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Phew! We are finally there. After countless missed deadlines and much gnashing of teeth, Taylz has finally launched!

Taylz.com is a free website for short-story writers to test and develop their work. We aim to supply you with high-quality, objective critiques from experienced writers, as well as a hungry, global readership.

We have designed an incentive based system whereby writers anonymously read and rate one another’s work using a simple but thorough, personalised survey format, giving you constructive, forthright feedback without any flannel.

Getting involved now means you can benefit straight away from the Taylz review process, and also enter the running for our Taylz Short Story Collection. This collection will help promote our upcoming phase 2 launch to the general public, and will feature the best rated short stories from our Phase 1 story building phase.

We are hoping to provide writers of all levels with a really useful tool, and hope that you’ll get involved to help us do so.

You can read more about Taylz here. Any questions/feedback goes here.

Hope to read you soon!

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

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Here at PAPER AND INK LITERARY ZINE we love to hear what our readers think of the zine, good or bad, all feedback is helpful (Well, most of it). Steve Nash of Sabotage Reviews recently got hold of our fifth issue and had some very kind words to say about it (I promise, we did not bribe or blackmail him into saying such things). Check out the review here.

We would love to know what you thought of the zine, too, so if you’d like to sing our praises or tell us why you hated it, drop us an email at paperandinkzine@outlook.com