What are the Roomto Write Authors Up to?

Hello all! – Yes,  we know, it’s been very quiet here for a while but it doesn’t mean to say we haven’t been busy. We’ve also enjoyed summer breaks in France and Greece and we hope you’ve enjoyed yours too.

So what have we been up to? Here’s a snapshot of our latest news:

We’re very excited to announce that RoomtoWrite author Kitty Fitzgerald has just started her Writing Residency at the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg…
‘Red squirrels dashing about on the grass trying to avoid the dozens of Canada geese also loitering on this fabulous, hugely multi-racial campus. The weather is changeable but generally hot and with a good wind, perfect for walking…I’m looking forward to meeting up with students in a few days time, offering advice on their writing and then running a weekly fiction workshop.

You can follow Kitty’s adventures here

Wendy Robertson has launched her new novel The Pathfinder, to some great reviews: ‘The past has never felt so real as in the last days of Roman Britain and the uneasy peace between natives and conquerors portrayed in Wendy Robertson’s ‘Pathfinder’. Heroine Elen is a beautifully drawn character uniting natives with the conquerors…’

‘a delightful, thought provoking read.’

She is also preparing to lead two discussions at Belmont Library  Durham, on World War One fiction on October 21st and October 22nd. You can read more about this Durham Book Fest event HERE on Wendy’s Blog.

Avril Joy was longlisted (or in USA speak a semi-finalist) in the international Raymond Carver Short Story Contest – ‘ Now in its 15th year the contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges…the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.’ You can read more about it on Avril’s blog HERE.

Avril’s newsletter for writers goes from strength to strength, with a number of writers gaining success following her recommendations for competitions and submissions. If you’d like to subscribe (it’s free) you can sign up HERE



Millie and Bird at Cullercoats


The RNLI Cullercoats

On Friday evening, as part of the Iron Eclectic Festival, Avril read from her short story collection Millie and Bird  in the RNLI at Cullercoats.

She read The Trouble with Holy Island which seemed appropriate with the North Coast stretching away at her back. If you’d like to know more about why she found the festival inspiring and read the poem she wrote in response to it CLICK HERE.

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas and 2 Special Offers

‘Ideas will settle into a special pocket in my mind and stay almost unnoticed, lying there like pieces of coral slowly accreting further ideas...’

It’s the old chestnut, the question that always comes up for writers: where do you get your ideas? Over on her blog at lifetwicetasted Wendy tells us where her ideas come from and how they eventually ‘blossom into a whole thing.’ A must read, for readers and writers alike.

Also you have until Wednesday to take advantage of Wendy’s SPECIAL OFFER – Journey to Moscow, The Adventures of Olivia Ozanne for just 99p

‘Once again Wendy Robertson has produced a novel with a difference.
Its diverse and fascinating characters are dealt with in her own inimitable way,producing a story that is not be missed.’ Bookworm

‘Olivia Ozanne is my hero – totally honest about who she is warts and all…’ Anne Amarilli


Also on offer, FREE this week Avril’s book on writing –  From Writing With Love

Here’s what one reviewer said:

‘This book gives an honest insight into the ups and downs of a writers world. It gives practical tips on finding your voice and keeping the writing sprit and habit alive. Its easy to see why this author won a Costa Award. I would recommend this book to both aspiring writers and published authors. I absolutely loved it!’ Mrs E Francis

On Avril’s Blog this week YOUR writing rooms – send me a photo and some text and I will publish you.

The Novella Workshop

The Novella – A Workshop for Writers

Date: Sat October 25th, 10.00am – 4pm with a break for lunch (bring your own or visit the Oriental Museum café)

Venue: Teikyo University of Japan – Durham City – opposite the Oriental Museum. Free car parking.

Tutors: Avril Joy – http://www.avriljoy.com & Wendy Robertson http://www.lifetwicetasted.blogspot.co.uk/

Cost: £40.00

For details of the workshop and how to book your place Click HERE