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How does one teach writing? It’s not a craft. I attended a one-day workshop in wooden spoon making, great fun it was, and that was a craft. Or in my case a bodge. Literature is an art form. As Doris Lessing said, ‘There are no laws for the novel'.
16-11-2023

In this installment of 'How I Write', we hear from Royal Literary Fund fellows about their favourite places to write, taking in everything from garden sheds to trains and foreign hotel rooms.

09-02-2023

RLF writers share the tips they’ve found most useful in helping them to hone their craft, from advice on subject matter choice and picking writing companions to the tricky business of how to end lines well in poems.

12-01-2023
RLF writers consider what advice might be most helpful for those hoping to pursue the writing life, including thoughts on time management, careers guidance and maintaining emotional equilibrium through the highs and lows of the creative process.
03-12-2020

Tim Pears speaks with John Greening about how family history took him from contemporary novels to historical ones, eschewing psychology for a newly filmic style of fiction, seeing his work on television and the benefits of a hands-on early career.

03-09-2020

Tim Pears explores the double bind that professional authors find themselves in when teaching creative writing, and the unteachable essentials of style and the ‘strangeness’ that reveals the world anew.

Andrew Cowan considers the history of university Creative Writing courses in the UK, their roots in the longer-established English Composition and Creative Writing strands in the US, and the way in which Creative Writing can be vocational even beyond the confines of professional authorship.

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