Lessons of a Writer #6

Do what’s right for you Written by Nazira Vania I attended an online conversation with Julia Cameron recently, hosted by the London Writers Salon. Hearing from the artist behind The Artist’s Way was a joy, especially when she read one of her poems and sang – sang! – one of her songs. The conversation was inspiringContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #6”

Lessons of a Writer #4

Top Tips for Running a Writing Workshop Written by Anita Goveas 1. Include your students in the conversation Talk about how to make the session accessible: 2. Think about ways to support confidence as well as writing skills For example, discuss the importance of giving peers positive feedback only. 3. Think about visual, auditory, tactileContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #4”

Lessons of a Writer #3

Writing and Grief Written by Mala Schneider Catharsis  We all know that writing is cathartic, but whatever the reason for releasing our feelings through the ink of our pens flowing onto paper, or tapping the alphabet buttons on our keyboard, can also be the very same reason for causing writer’s block. This means writing isContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #3”

Lessons of a Writer #2

Write as Much as You Can and Finish Stuff Written by Sidra Ansari Think about setting a daily or weekly target for yourself. You may have already heard about the “10,000-hour rule” which Malcolm Gladwell wrote about in his popular book, “The Outliers,” where he states that “Ten thousand hours is the magic number ofContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #2”

Lessons of a Writer #1

Writing and Expectations Written by Nabeela Ahmed When you begin writing fiction, especially if it is contemporary fiction, you keep worrying that people will think all of it is your personal experience and judge you. In 2018 I often stopped writing a scene as I worried that people would say that’s not a Muslim thingContinue reading “Lessons of a Writer #1”

Found-Poem Friday

Hello, it’s Nazira at the keyboard today. I have a little bit of a thing for found poems, new works that are created – or collated, compiled, curated, if you prefer – from that which already exists. This found poem, called ‘We Are…’, is drawn from across the ‘7 Question’ blog series with our membersContinue reading “Found-Poem Friday”


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