Category Archives: The Benefits of a Writing Group

Writing Competitions: What’s the point?

I was asked to adjudicate the Edinburgh Writers Club’s short story competition, and I said ‘yes’. The task was simple: read all the stories, provide feedback for each one, and choose a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winner. I spent several … Continue reading

Posted in The Benefits of a Writing Group | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

I Read a lot of Bad Writing

Being a creative writing teacher means reading a lot of bad writing. I mean, A LOT of bad writing. Unconvincing narratives, unbelievable characters, contrived dialogue, haphazardness grammar: I’ve read it all. But before any former or current students go off … Continue reading

Posted in About Writing, Being a Creative Writing Teacher, creative writing class, writing dundee, The Benefits of a Writing Group | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Conversational Tangents

It’s Monday, and I’ve just come through a Shortbread Stories writing course weekend. The weather was perfect – pelting down with rain, not a patch of blue sky in sight to distract from the topic at hand (editing) – and the … Continue reading

Posted in The Benefits of a Writing Group | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Dynamics of a Writing Class

It’s been a week since the close of the Pitlochry Winter Words writing class. After leading in an extended workshop, it’s good to let the mind rest for a while before mentally reviewing the week. I always come out of … Continue reading

Posted in The Benefits of a Writing Group | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Writing Class vs Writing Group

What is the difference between a creative writing class and a creative writing group?

Posted in The Benefits of a Writing Group | Leave a comment