The magic of writing together

This weekend Zoe Gilbert and I, of London Lit Lab, taught our WRITE & EDIT A STORY IN A WEEKEND course for the second time this year, but introducing more discussion on writing personal essays. It is an intensive writing and editing course over two days. Students usually come with an idea, and spend most…

London Lit Lab goes West

After the success of London Lit Lab’s Continuing to Write course, Zoe and I realised the need among Creative Writing MA students to have continued support once they come to the end of their MA. Particularly as they often haven’t finished their novels, memoirs or short story collections. So we decided to set up a…

Lost property of words

Last Saturday I left my writing book on the bus. It was red with a purple binding, with the words: ‘REACH FOR THE STARS’ embossed in gold on the front. A friend gave it to me for my birthday. I’d only recently started writing in it, and it lived beside my bed. I liked the…

London Lit Lab: Why our course works

We’re in our third week of teaching London Lit Lab’s beginners’ course. How has it been? It’s been great! There’s been a lot of writing and learning going on, and not only among the students. I’ve had a few revelations myself. Here are some of the things I’ve discovered during the first throws of our…