The Art of the Short Story & A Time to Retreat

If you are interested in short stories you might like to have a look at the latest issue of Wasafiri. I have a short essay on the risky business of writing. You can find a link to a taster here.

Anyone interested in a tutored writing retreat, check out the Arvon week at Totleigh Barton in Devon in July. I'll be there with Lawrence Scott and Deborah Levy.


Two writing workshops coming up.

1 August, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. A session on the craft of writing at the new Live Trinco Festival.

3-8 August: Fiction retreat with one-to-one tutoring at Moniack Mohr, Inverness, Scotland. Last few places still available.

Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize 2015 regional winners

Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize regional winners

Congratulations to the 2015 Regional winners:

Africa: Lesley Nneka Arimah, ‘Light’ (Nigeria)

Asia: Siddhartha Gigoo, ‘The Umbrella Man’ (India)

Canada and Europe: Jonathan Tel, The Human Phonograph (United Kingdom)

Caribbean: Kevin Jared Hosein, ‘The King of Settlement 4′ (Trinidad and Tobago)

Pacific: Mary Rokonadravu, ‘Famished Eels’ (Fiji)

To procrastinate or ...?

Another day has passed, and you haven't written a single sentence more. Why? Is that just the way it is? Are you just procrastinating? What should you do? Take the Procrastination Quiz now and find out. Or maybe do it another day. Or if you want to procrastinate even more,  read a book on novel writing. Or have a look at what other writers do to get started, from the mundane to the bizarre, in writers' habits.