Category Archives: Writing

Juliet’s New Venture

I, and Wizard’s Tower, are pleased to note that Juliet E. McKenna will be teaching a creative writing course in Witney, Oxfordshire, this coming autumn. Obviously it is only of interest to people who can get to evening classes in … Continue reading

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The #TransLit Twitter Chat Storified

A few days ago Gabby Bellot and Oliver Bendorf hosted a Twitter chat for trans writers. Contributors included Keffy, Suzanne van Rooyen, CN Lester, Vee from The Gay YA and Fox Benwell, along with a whole load of folks I … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima: Carers, Harassment, Flash, Trans & Faith

Yesterday’s show on Ujima began with a celebration of Carer’s Week. Caring for relatives or friends who are unable to look after themselves is an activity that falls disproportionately on women. With the current fashion for austerity politics, social service … Continue reading

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Writing Class Scholarships

Cat Rambo runs excellent online writing courses (I can say that because I have taken one). However, being a professional writer, she does need to charge for them. This can be a problem for the more disadvantaged parts of the … Continue reading

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Fantastically Horny Reminder

Over Easter I posted about a crowdfunding campaign for a set of anthologies, including Fantastically Horny, the book that will contain my story, “Camelot Girls Gone Wild”. Yes, it is that book of erotic fantasy tales. Mea Culpa. But people … Continue reading

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Apex Flash Fiction Contest

Apex Publications are running a flash fiction competition – maximum limit 250 words. All entrants get a free issue of Apex magazine. The three winners will feature in the December issue (paid at 6c/word) and get their choice of three … Continue reading

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Another Essay on Writing Trans Characters

While I was writing my essay on writing trans characters for Strange Horizons, a young person called Vee was writing one for The Gay YA, a website that focuses on LGBT+ issues in YA fiction (of all genres). Vee’s essay … Continue reading

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Writing Better Trans Characters

Oh, really? What would I know about writing characters? Quite. But I do know a bit about being trans. So I have had opinions, over at Strange Horizons.

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Tiptree Award Fellowship

The good folks who run the Tiptree Award have created a Fellowship Program designed to support speculative works during their creation. The Fellowships provide recognition for the new voices who are making visible the many forces that are changing our … Continue reading

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Today’s Women’s Outlook Show Links

Well I don’t know about you folks, but I thought that went pretty well. Kevlin Henney can always be relied upon to do great things with flash fiction, and I was delighted to hear that this year Bristol will be … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on Ujima: Flash, Crime, Trans & Food

I have a very busy show lined up for Women’s Outlook tomorrow. First up from Noon I will be joined by Kevlin Henney who will, of course, be talking about flash fiction. It is that time of year again. In … Continue reading

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Want To Write A Letter To Tiptree?

The fine folks at Twelfth Planet Press are currently working on a non-fiction piece in which contributors share their thoughts about the life and work of James Tiptree Jr.. They have commissioned a number of pieces, but they are also … Continue reading

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Oxford, Briefly

Yesterday was a lot of fun. The radio show went well after a slight technical hitch at the start. More on that tomorrow. I got to Oxford on time, and Lev Grossman’s talk was very interesting. He’s a very nice … Continue reading

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Write Like a Grrrl Comes to Bristol

The fine folks at For Books Sake will be running a one-day intensive fiction-writing workshop in Bristol on June 20th. At £80 it is quite expensive, but I’ve heard really good things about the longer version of the course. Also … Continue reading

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That Time Of Year Again

I see from Twitter that people are complaining about writers listing their award-eligible work again. How refreshing and innovative. Not. As many smarter and more eloquent people than me have said before, the people who get bullied into remaining silent … Continue reading

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Me at Tor

I should be in the air by now, but according to the good folks at Tor something I wrote will be going live on the Tor UK and Tor.com blogs around now. When I arrive in Toronto I am expected … Continue reading

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Giant Squid Book

Last week I got tempted by a very big book. This one. Yes, I know, it is Lovecraft. But if you want to deconstruct Lovecraft you have to know a bit about what he wrote, and this book looks invaluable … Continue reading

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New Venue for Queer Writing

I spotted this on Twitter the other day. It is a magazine called Vitality which aims to publish, “awesome literature featuring queer protagonists”. Given my article for Holdfast this week, I am delighted to see that Vitality wants material that … Continue reading

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This Week’s Radio – Judy Darley, Bristol Homeless, Black Identity

I began Wednesday’s show with a few mentions of people. As many of you will know, Caroline Symcox has just been inaugurated as Vicar of Fairford, which is not that far away from Bristol. I suspect that Paul Cornell is … Continue reading

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Yesterday on Ujima – Off the Record, Coaching and Tangled Roots

Yesterday was one of those days when I arrived in the studio knowing next to nothing about the people I was going to be interviewing. We also had one or two technical issues that resulted in it not being the … Continue reading

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