2015 Autumn Creative Writing Classes

Teaching schedule updated and ready to go. I’m teaching three separate classes this autumn, all in Perthshire. Check out my schedule below and sign-up for a class.

Me looking like a teacher and doing teacherly looking things, but mostly I’m just pointing at a big screen.

Pathways in Perth* – Fridays 2-4pm starting 18 September
Blairgowrie Learning Centre* – Fridays 10am-12pm starting 18 September
Braemar Arts Festival – Friday and Saturday all day 23 and 24 October

*The Perth Pathways and Blairgowrie classes will be a ten-week course running on the following Fridays: 18 Sept, 25 Sept, 9 Oct, 16 Oct, 30 Oct, 6 Nov, 13 Nov, 20 Nov, 27 Nov and 4 Dec.

 

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Quick Post: Keep ’em reading past the intro

The Write Life‘s post provides excellent tips on how to keep an agent reading past the first page of your manuscript submission.

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Kids these days…

Macbeth for blogAddicted to their phones, unable to concentrate, self-absorbed, no work ethic, mollycoddled with unrealistic goals. Kids these days are lazy scholars who think they can buy their grades.

As some of you may be aware, I left the day job about two months ago and returned to a career that combines research and teaching. With the end goal of completing my PhD and securing a full-time lectureship while writing creatively part time, I’m currently teaching part time and working on my thesis full time. Continue reading

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Quick Post: College is not a commodity

Excellent article in the Washington Post about the value of getting a degree. At a workshop in Surrey, someone stated a similar sentiment very well, ‘A degree is like a gym membership. Just because you pay the fees, it doesn’t mean you’ll get in shape. You need to put in the hours.’ Continue reading

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23 Things – Finding Presentations and Podcasts

’23 Things’ has asked those of us on the course to explore online presentations and podcasts, so now would be a good time to point out a few podcasts on literature and creative writing. Continue reading

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23 Things – Exploring Linklater on Wikipedia

The ‘23 Things‘ request to explore Wikipedia certainly did not turn out as I had anticipated.

I did my MPhil on Eric Linklater, a very prolific Scottish author who wrote from the early to mid-20th century. When I was studying his work, there were only two secondary sources solely dedicated to Linklater, and an unfortunate number of contemporary Scottish-literary texts relegated him to footnotes despite the fact he completed over 100 titles (novels, autobiographies, non-fictions, screenplays and short stories) and his popularity before his death in 1974 was immense. Continue reading

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23 Things – Academia.edu and ResearchGate

23 Things’ has suggested I look at Academia.edu and ResearchGate. Conveniently, Academia.edu had already been on my radar for a month or so. A few interesting articles have been brought to my attention through the site, but I haven’t uploaded any of my own papers onto this academic network just yet. Continue reading

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