Creative writing

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In brief: The Cloisters; My Trade Is Mystery; Sweat: A History of Exercise – review
A tense whodunnit unfolds in New York’s Metropolitan museum; poet Carl Phillips imparts life lessons for all; and a study of our need to keep in shape

Hephzibah Anderson

15, Jan, 2023 @5:30 PM

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Struggling authors know writing is a rich person’s hobby | Letters
Letters: Stephen Carver, Guinevere Glasfurd, Brian Needham and Jo McMillan respond to Joanne Harris’s article about horribly low pay in the publishing world

11, Dec, 2022 @5:07 PM

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Dear year 12: you’re starting a career at the end of the world – so why not follow your dreams? | Anna Spargo-Ryan
Every year well-meaning adults tell school students their results don’t matter. I’m taking the longer view …

Anna Spargo-Ryan

10, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Horribly low pay is pushing out my fellow authors – and yes, that really does matter | Joanne Harris
Writing books has been the great joy of my life, but I fear it’s becoming a career for the elite few, says author Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris

07, Dec, 2022 @2:17 PM

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Writers’ earnings have plummeted – with women, Black and mixed race authors worst hit
Research shows that the income of professional authors averages only £7,000 in the UK, making the profession ‘inaccessible and unsustainable’ to most

Sarah Shaffi

06, Dec, 2022 @7:00 PM

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Zulfikar Ghose obituary
Other lives: Poet, novelist and literary critic who was also a university lecturer in creative writing

Adrian Locke

13, Jul, 2022 @4:50 PM

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‘I couldn’t face the resentment and rage’: can artistic couples have successful relationships?
From Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath to Philip Roth and Claire Bloom – novelist Charlotte Mendelson on the seething envy within famous partnerships

Charlotte Mendelson

12, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘I felt different as a child. I was nearly mute’: Elena Ferrante in conversation with Elizabeth Strout
The author of the Neapolitan quartet and the Pulitzer prize-winning novelist discuss identity, ambition, truth – and the ‘convulsive’ urge to write

Elena Ferrante and Elizabeth Strout

05, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Jami Attenberg: ‘Rejection gave me a fresh start, a new year’
The American author on how one professor’s criticism gave her the boost she needed to find her own way into a writing career

Jami Attenberg

05, Jan, 2022 @12:14 PM

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‘Don’t start a sex scene when your mother-in-law is visiting’: how I wrote a novel in a month
In November, Guardian writer Tim Jonze joined half a million others taking part in National Novel Writing Month. Could he get to the end – and would it be any good?

Tim Jonze

18, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Top 10 novels about novelists | Louise Dean
From Louisa May Alcott to Philip Roth and Michael Chabon, writers of fiction have long been fascinated by the dramas of their own trade

Louise Dean

01, Dec, 2021 @12:00 PM

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David Craig obituary
Other lives: Creative writing teacher, poet and a prolific writer on landscape, literature and social history

Marian Craig

24, Nov, 2021 @7:05 PM

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