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BBC National Short Story Award: Jan Carson
Every day this week, read an extract from one of the stories shortlisted for the…

29 September 2020

BBC National Short Story Award: Jack Houston
Every day this week, read an extract from one of the stories shortlisted for the…

28 September 2020

Read more, write better - Writing Magazine bonus content, November 2020
Background reading, exclusive audio extracts and more to complement your latest…

28 September 2020

Coffee-break exercise: Green
Make word lists to prompt new work in this week's creative writing exercise

25 September 2020

Kimberly Jones: Writing about race and privilege
The American YA author discusses her experience of co-writing a book to enable…

25 September 2020

Coffee-break exercise: Harvest
Relate the idea of harvest to your writing in this week's exercise

18 September 2020

Marieke Nijkamp: Mirrors and monsters
The bestselling YA author writes about why inclusive representation in…

18 September 2020

Coffee-break exercise: Bite-size fiction
Give yourself a tea-time treat with this week's creative writing exercise

11 September 2020

What it's like to win the BBC National Short Story Award
With the BBC NSSA shortlist announced tonight, last year's winner Jo Lloyd…

11 September 2020

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