We spoke to funny man Phil Spencer about performing, and ensuring a performance resonates, ahead of his one-day course at the Centre, The Horse’s Mouth: Performing Stories.
Ahead of her six-week course starting later this month, Starting from Scratch: Creativity for Writers, we spoke to playwright and children’s book author Hilary Bell about how to get your creative juices flowing.
‘What draws writers to memoir might be having a story from life that won’t let you go, something that lodges in the imagination.’
‘I think finding peace is very different to fueling a vendetta.’
‘I’m always left haunted by the feeling that anyone – the teenage girls on my bus, my elderly neighbour, I, myself – might be capable of murder if the circumstances were right.’
Ahead of her six-week course, From First Draft to Polished Manuscript, we spoke to longtime publisher and editor Linda Funnell about perfecting a manuscript and getting your work out there.
‘When you have to work within expected frameworks, it takes a lot of skill to make a story feel fresh. I also think that commercial authors know their audience very, very well, and that gives them an advantage.’
”If you are professional, reliable, easy to work with and make your editor’s life easier, you can make a very good living doing what you love from home and in the hours that suit you. I wouldn’t trade it for any in-house job.’
”I think all essays are ‘personal’ to the extent that an essay is, among other things, a reflection of the writer’s mode of thinking and an enquiry into their interests. ‘