The Writing Lobe

By Eileen Kennedy   Scientists say there’s a specific region of the brain dedicated to writing. Somewhere between the prefrontal lobe and the hippocampus is the writing lobe. Everyone has a writing lobe. I like to think when I use mine, my brain is flooded with sane chemicals and that’s why writing is a hobby I’ve never been able to give up. I’m only 19; nevertheless, I have a story to tell about writing and me. Naturally, at first I was illiterate. I

How to Achieve Your Writing Goals – by Nichola Meyer

  After 11 years of teaching writing courses, we've noticed that the students who succeed as writers were not necessarily those who could craft the best sentences or tell the best story. They were the students who wrote often. They persisted. They got the job done. Our Basics of Creative Writing Course tutor, Helen Brain, swears that success eventually comes to those writers who are "most able to keep their bums glued to their seats". So here are seven tips to help you stay

Creative writing excerpts from The Writers’ College students

  The following unedited snippets of creative writing come from students on our Short Story Writing Courses, Novel Courses, Scriptwriting and the Basics of Creative Writing Courses. There were hundreds of great pieces to choose from, so we closed our eyes and randomly selected excerpts from our list of favourites. Enjoy!   Basics of Creative Writing Course – Studying with Helen Brain Extract: from a scene by Sigrid Birk My boyfriend is examining the one hundredth desk in IKEA: he’s very thorough. He doesn’t want a chair that squeaks

Give Your Writing a Makeover – by Nichola Meyer

Magazine writer

Your motto as a writer: I shall entertain my reader. Whether you write blockbuster novels, or simply want to send more enjoyable letters to your family and friends, each line should beg, "Read me!" Each paragraph should entice your reader to read on and lap up more of your words. So how do you keep your reader glued to the page? You've heard it many times on our courses: "Show, don't tell". Movies show. Movies instantly captivate viewers, and so should your