An Introduction to Instapoetry by Sharron Green

In recent years the definition of poetry has been broadened and democratised, just as barriers to and the mystique of it have dissolved. Since Instagram arrived in 2010 it has helped poets connect and build a poetry community, encouraging many to write who otherwise might not have considered it. Canadian, Rupi Kaur is credited with … More An Introduction to Instapoetry by Sharron Green

Accuracy vs. Character: The Debate Around Biographical Fiction – by Chiara Fumanti

Reality is a fact. Right? Well… In the realm of life writing, reality might not be as straightforward as it seems. A few years ago, I asked my grandmother if she could tell me about her life. I wanted to write about it, but I never thought I actually would. A few months after she … More Accuracy vs. Character: The Debate Around Biographical Fiction – by Chiara Fumanti

How Blackout Poetry Can Bring Colour to Your Creative Writing and Reading – by Emily Wootton

Emily delves into the form of blackout poetry and discovers it might be the perfect way to induce creativity. The name might sound dull, but blackout poetry (or erasure poetry) is anything but. If you’re a writer and haven’t tried writing blackout poetry before, it might just be the form that’s missing from your repertoire. … More How Blackout Poetry Can Bring Colour to Your Creative Writing and Reading – by Emily Wootton

Amanda Gorman & Our Laureates Across the Pond – by Laurs Oakley

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s incredible reading at the 2021 inauguration of President Biden, Laurs takes a look at the laureate programs we have in the UK. It seems I am not the only one in awe of Amanda Gorman and her poem, The Hill We Climb after her reading at the U.S president’s inauguration. The world has woken up to a … More Amanda Gorman & Our Laureates Across the Pond – by Laurs Oakley

Creating Reliable New Year’s Resolutions for Writing – by Leon Lynn

 Struggling to stay motivated? Leon takes us through his tried-and-tested ladder technique to help achieve your New Year’s writing goals. January rarely passes without talk of New Year’s resolutions. Someone often claims this year is “their year” to run thirty marathons and learn two new languages… all goals which conveniently disappear by February. If you’re … More Creating Reliable New Year’s Resolutions for Writing – by Leon Lynn

The Three ‘R’s of Christmas: Reading, Red Wine, and Re-Watching Christmas Movies – by Gigi Bushell

A little festive list of books turned on-screen to read and watch this festive season. Just imagine – the open fire is popping and crackling away in front of you. Your cup of tea is steaming away on your left with a couple of biscuits ready for dunking, maybe even the box of Christmas chocolates … More The Three ‘R’s of Christmas: Reading, Red Wine, and Re-Watching Christmas Movies – by Gigi Bushell

Fantasy Fiction: Does Genre Dictate Form? – by Sarah Callow

Inspired by our 2021 theme (Short-Form & Long-Form), Sarah discusses the historical traditions of Fantasy literature and the gaming industry’s venture into short fiction. Whether writing in the short form, such as novellas, short stories or flash fiction, or long form multi-volume epics (or something in between), all authors must make a choice about length. … More Fantasy Fiction: Does Genre Dictate Form? – by Sarah Callow

Saturday, June 2nd, 11am-8.30pm, G Live, Guildford

Are you a budding writer or want to find out more about the world of publishing? Join us for the Surrey New Writers Festival, featuring exciting interactive panel discussions with some of the finest authors, scriptwriters, literary agents and publishers. Focusing on the hot topics of the contemporary publishing world the festival will include panel … More Saturday, June 2nd, 11am-8.30pm, G Live, Guildford