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Brigid Whoriskey is as an executive coach who specialises in helping business leaders take control of their future roadmap by setting clear goals for themselves. She is also one of the most popular, enthusiastic and supportive members of SWC. She will be running a ‘Growth Mindset Workshop for Writers’ in the New Year and has written this blog as an introduction and taster to how she can help you and your writing.
Listen in to our November podcast where we chat with Sunday Writers’ Club member Tamara Raidt about her poetry and current studies at the University of Edinburgh, and Tamara shares with us two of her recent poems.
We’ve all been there, staring at a blank page wondering how to start the story that crept up on us in the middle of the night. The cursor blinking back at you, words refusing to appear on the screen. Or sitting in a café, staring at the cleanest page in your notebook, the pen categorically rejecting your attempts at telekinesis.
Following on from one of our most successful Meet the Professionals events last week, Jasmine Fassl has written a blog which offers all writers…
Tap, tap, tap, click. I heard the footsteps leading into the park before I could see her stiletto heeled boots tightly molded over the swell of her calves. My trainers barely whispered as I followed her. I stopped and pulled my ski cap low over my brow as I passed her, then sat down on a bench to wait.
She tugged her short, pencil skirt down over her rump with one hand, then tossed her head, flinging orange-tinged blonde hair. The flounced edge of her bra peered over the low-cut blouse.
“Hello!” I stood up from the bench and reach out toward her. She shrunk back a step, then stopped.
Sometimes writing can feel a bit like wandering. In the wilderness. Without a compass. And no map. Fortunately, other writers have been there before and have written handy guides to the undiscovered wilderness of the blank page.
Read on to discover the best writing guides, including Novelista: Anyone Can Write a Novel (Yes, even you) by Claire Askew.
Listen in to our October podcast where we chat with Sunday Writers’ Club member Stephen Hewitt about his writing and experiences having moved from Canada to to Austria. And Stephen reads for us his delightful short story titled The Best of Intentions.
When it comes to time, are you often cutting things too short? If so, you’re not alone: Take comfort (and enjoy a good laugh) in reading The 11th Hour by Sunday Writers’ Club member Patrizia Stiegler.
Every so often we’re thrilled to be able to publish a song on the Sunday Writers’ Club blog. Many thanks to Tamara Raidt and Julien for sharing here first their latest song The Art of Breaking.
What better 3rd birthday present could the Sunday Writers’ Club hope for than a celebratory birthday story from one of our dearest members! Read Triple Three by Janice Cutting and you’ll feel as if your gliding freely across the ice.
In this September podcast fresh after summer break, we chat with Sunday Writers Club member Connie Phlipot about her writing, and Connie reads for us her recent story set in Vienna, titled Gärtnergasse.
We’re delighted to share with you the latest song written by Tamara Raidt and sung by Tamara and Julien.
Listen and enjoy!
It was a summer when I first came to Burggarten in Vienna. It was an absolutely unplanned trip. Sometimes, I hit bottom. Very rare. But it happens. That was then. I wanted to run away from my daily routine because I hated to be in it.
Read the latest fantasy story by Sunday Writers’ Club member Jonathan Pickering based on the following prompt: Write a conversation between two spectators in the crowd at a football match (or other sporting event). Is their team winning? Give the reader a sense of the action on the pitch but maybe the conversation is about more than just the game…
If you’ve ever experienced bad service at a restaurant, you will love reading this latest funny short story by Sunday Writers’ Club member Caroline Stevenson.
Story based on the prompt: Write an absurdist critique of some aspect of society by reversing the accepted norm.
In this July podcast we chat with Sunday Writers Club member Twan Zegers about his writing, and Twan reads for us his latest story essay, Caravan of the Apocalypse
Enjoy reading the latest short story one of Sunday Writers’ Club’s most prolific members – Connie Phlipot.
Inspired by the prompt:
Write a conversation between two spectators in the crowd at a football match (or other sporting event). Is their team winning? Give the reader a sense of the action on the pitch but maybe the conversation is about more than just the game…
This week we’re pleased to present the latest short story by Sunday Writers’ Club member Janice Cutting. This imaginative and thought-provoking story for young readers is inspired by two SWC prompts:
– Write about what “Climate Emergency” means to you – have you experienced it already? What are your thoughts about the future?
– UFO: The Pentagon is about to release a landmark report about UFOs. Ride the current wave of public intrigue and write a story featuring a UFO.
I didn’t like my first kiss:
this is the first thing I reminisce.
Strange how the intention (or here,
the non-intention), is stronger than
the kiss itself, than the taste,
than the impression, I guess
I wanted to impress him.
The month of May in Austria has been one of the coolest and wettest in decades. What better way to celebrate the blessing of rain in an ever-hotter world than to capture it’s feeling in a poem. We thank Scottish Sunday Writers’ Club member Janice Cutting for sharing her refreshing poem entitled The Many Faces of Rain with us all.
Listen to the Sunday Writers’ Club May 2021 Podcast. This month Paul Malone chats with Sunday Writers’ Club member Evangelista Sie about her writing and career in journalism, and Evangelista reads her latest short story titled The Lady of the Isle.
“I don’t like this name they call us. It’s derogatory on two counts.”
“How so?” asked Spitz.
“Pygmy denotes something inconsequential. And shrew is some nasty bitch in a boring Shakespeare play.”
“Zwerg, stop worrying and eat.”
“I just ate 10 ants and I’m bloated. I must weigh six grams by now.” Zwerg belched and toddled off to rest under a leaf.
If you enjoy creative writing but struggle to finish your story, then this article can help you. Rest assured you’re not alone – anyone who writes regularly is likely to have amassed pages of ideas, observations, the beginnings of stories, entire rough drafts even.
Enjoy Listening to Sunday Writers’ Club member Tamara Raidt and Julien sing “Song for Dolly” inspired by the prompt: Did you know Dolly Parton has recorded and released well over 900 songs? And she’s written thousands more! Now’s your chance to write her tribute song. You might use the title “Song for Dolly” or come up with your own title for a song about someone who loves and lives for music.
24 Hour Writing Challenge 2021
1 Story, 3 Prompts, 24 Hours
Congratulations to Eithne Bradley, Janice Cutting and Stephen Hewitt for their fantastic stories. Find out more about the writing challenge and read their stories here.
Enjoy reading “Treacle” by Sunday Writers’ Club member Connie Phlipot. Based on the story prompt: Write a story entitled “Treacle” where, ironically, the story’s pacing is quite the opposite – no backstory, no pondering protagonist, no narrator interjections – it howls along, leaving the reader gripped with anticipation to the big question: Why the hell is this story entitled “Treacle”?
On this April Sunday Writers’ Club podcast we chat to SWC member Brigid Whoriskey about her writing and experiences in India, and Brigid reads her heartrending short story about a girl from the slums titled NOT ME, NOT TODAY.
This is a short extract taken from April 2021’s “Writers’ Lab” Masterclass. Every month award-winning author Keith Gray offers idiosyncratic advice and indispensable guidance on many different aspects of creative writing – perhaps how to build Suspense, maybe ideas for combining Words and Music in your stories or poems, and even why Literary Agent’s matter. The “Writers’ Lab” also includes imaginative writing tasks which challenge you to experiment with the way you write.
Dana wasn’t alone.
A whisper of warm air against his skin, the echo of an undefinable rasping against the wall. Sweat dripped down his side into the drawstring waistband of his pants. He got up from his knees — he’d been going through his morning exercise routine. He had devised it years ago to define and delimitate his days.
Ronan peered out at the coast rushing past the train window, the tide was steadily rolling in. He remembered a time before that, when the water had been his home. A time, when he had been a creature who moved through it, as if liquid himself, swooping down between the waves and coming to shore to play in the sunshine.
ALL BEARDS MUST BE SHAVED BY MIDNIGHT.
The priest launched into the sonorous voice reserved for incantations as he read the bold sign on the village hall. He spat. God had determined that holy men must have their faces covered.
“What if a woman were told to shave her head?” he thundered to the baroness, who had stepped out of her carriage to read it.
Marie sat on top of her favorite cliff by the seaside and looked out over the intensely turquoise and azure blue water. Wet mist crept over the nearby rock formations and kept the world at a distance. Moss in many different shades of green and ochre surrounded her and all she could hear was the meditative sound of waves breaking against the grey rocks countless feet below her.
Listen to the March Sunday Writers’ Club podcast where Paul Malone talks with Sunday Writers’ Club member Jennifer Cornick about her writing, and Jennifer reads her fabulous short story THE WAR OF THE MATTRESSES
This is a short extract taken from March 2021’s “Writers’ Lab” masterclass. Every month award-winning author Keith Gray offers idiosyncratic advice and indispensable guidance on many different aspects of creative writing – perhaps how to build Suspense, maybe ideas for combining Words and Music in your stories or poems, and even why Literary Agent’s matter. The “Writers’ Lab” also includes imaginative writing tasks which challenge you to experiment with the way you write.
Enjoy reading the latest creative writing by Sunday Writers’ Club member Caroline Stevenson.
Inspired by the following prompt: An ossuary is a box or building made to serve as the final resting place of human skeletal remains. Write a poem or a story about, or set within, an ossuary.
Good things often come in threes, stories included. So, this week we’re sharing three brand new stories from Sunday Writers’ Club members for your reading pleasure. As with all the creative writing on this blog, the stories are inspired by our unique Sunday writing prompts. A big thank you to Eleanor Keisman, Connie Phlipot, and Jonathon Pickering for their contributions.
It seems so unfair to shove a contract full of labyrinthine legalise in front of a novelist and expect them to understand it. They’ve probably just spent their whole day imagining haunted heroes, or at the very least trying to invent new metaphors for woolly gloves. And now they’re expected to sign away their beloved book, their rightful rights and their financial future to those ‘herein known as The Publisher’?
For our podcast this month, we’re pleased to present Sunday Writers’ Club member Caroline Stevenson – chatting with her outdoors near Stephansplatz in the historical heart of Vienna. Listen in and find out about Caroline’s musical career and interest in writing, and listen to Caroline reading her short story “Lucky Concert Earrings”.
Many thanks to Connie Phlipot for sharing her Ghost Town story based on the following SWC prompt: From Japan to Spain, regional populations are now dwindling; entire areas are returning to wilderness, leaving ghost towns visited only be packs of wolves, roaming bears, and the very occasional adventurers…like the character/s in your story. What happens when they make it into such a town just after sunset?
This week we’re pleased to share with you two songs written by Sunday Writers’ Club members Dagmar Bayer and Tamara Raidt. We also welcome Dagmar Bayer into the SWC community as one of our newest members.
We hope you enjoy reading and listening to the music.
The cardboard cover was bent at the edges, the red coloring faded to pink in the center. Angela didn’t buy expensive leather bound notebooks for her journals in those days. She scooped up a handful from the college bookstore sales bin at the end of the term. She had only one requirement — that they were lined. She couldn’t journal across blank pages. She needed some structure to guide her wandering thoughts. This one was from her late 20s. One of the last notebooks she had bought at school.
This week we’re excited to present three terrific poems written by participants at our very first official creative writing workshop. Tutored by Australian poet John Malone, writers at the “Red Pencil Sharpener” workshop crafted poems about everyday things seen through the vibrant, hyper-real lens of the poet.
Thank you to Holly Girling ,Stephen Hewitt, and Tamara Raidt for sharing their “Punctuation Poetry” with us.
This week we’re excited to present our very first song that has come out of a Sunday creative writing session. Many thanks to Tamara Raidt for the lyrics and singing along with her friend Julien.
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