Advice To A Young Writer

Advice To A Young Writer

Last month, I heard from a young writer whom I taught a couple of years ago at Winchester University (England). She said she’d realized that the thing she most wanted in life was to be a writer, and she asked if I had any advice for her. Well, I’ve spent two decades or so thinking(…)

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

Beat This: some thoughts on Portsmouth, NH’s Beat Night

One of the things I wanted to do this summer was visit more literary events in Portsmouth, NH. So a couple of weeks ago I went to Beat Night for the first time, at its new and possibly temporary home at 3S Artspace. As soon as I walked in (late), I knew it wasn’t the(…)

Summer’s Almost Gone…

Summer’s Almost Gone…

It doesn’t feel like the end of summer—it’s 80F outside and I have to keep moving desks at UNH library to avoid frying in the sun—but it’s September, and just in the last couple of days our neighbor’s tree has got the message and developed a core of red, while my neighbor himself spent Saturday cutting(…)

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

On Saturday, I ran my first workshop in America. As regular readers will know, I spent 5 years running writers workshops in Britain from 2010, but this was my first one in my new life, on this side of the Atlantic. And it was a great way to start. Even before we moved into our(…)

Children’s Creative Writing summer camps at Rollinsford Library

Children’s Creative Writing summer camps at Rollinsford Library

July 13-17: Ages 14 and up. July 20-24: Ages 10-13. 9.30 – 12.30 daily $150/week for first student; $140 for siblings A while ago, I was talking to Sarah, the very nice Director of the very nice library at Rollinsford, NH. We talked creative writing – I’m doing an MFA, she has one already –(…)