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The internet is awash with helpful and not so helpful advice on how to write your book, conquer procrastination, and get published. Here we share the best articles we can find, from advice on addressing writer’s block to reflections from famous writers on what writing means to them.

MS Pallister – Winner of Our NWD Competition 2017

MS Pallister – Winner of Our NWD Competition 2017

Winning piece from the National Writing Day 2017 Competition held on Twitter.

MS Pallister’s nuanced, deeply atmospheric piece of literary fiction left us with a pervading sense of both nostalgia and foreboding. It forms the opening of her unpublished novel. Read the extract here.

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Polly Hall – Runner-Up in Our NWD Competition 2017

Polly Hall – Runner-Up in Our NWD Competition 2017

Runner-up piece from the National Writing Day 2017 Competition held on Twitter.

Polly Hall’s elegantly written, uncomfortable piece of macabre literary fiction both intrigued and disturbed us.  It forms the opening of her unpublished novel. Read the extract here.

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National Writing Day Competition – 21st June 2017

National Writing Day Competition – 21st June 2017

This year, First Story launched its first National Writing Day to get people writing. So at Ink Academy we created a Twitter competition to keep people writing – offering writers the chance of a free one-off consultation with founding tutor, Marina Kemp.

We were bowled over by the response – not only …

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How to Get an Agent’s Attention: The Do’s & Don’ts

How to Get an Agent’s Attention: The Do’s & Don’ts

So you have written your book, and even better, you’ve made sure that the work itself is worthy of an agent’s attention. You have used the brilliant checklist compiled by Electric Literature’s Brandon Taylor on escaping the slushpile: your work has plot, interesting characters, and originality.

Now you just need to show an agent that…

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How to Choose the Writing Course for You

How to Choose the Writing Course for You

Julia Kingsford, literary agent at Kingsford Campbell, gives her perspective on how to choose a creative writing course in our guest blog.

As a literary agent, I often get asked for advice about creative writing courses. I’m very much of the belief that writing can and should be taught, but that it’s also important to find the course that suits…

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How to Start Writing: Getting the Words Down

How to Start Writing: Getting the Words Down

You want to write.

You think – actually, you’re pretty sure – that you’re quite good at writing. Friends find your emails funny, people appreciate your way with words. You read a lot and know when something is not well written and, if you’re really honest with yourself, you know that just sometimes you could do better. At least…

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Why “Show, Don’t Tell” Does Matter

Why “Show, Don’t Tell” Does Matter

This article by George Saunders is just the most gorgeous description of how a writer writes, and why, and why it matters. It’s too good to do justice by summarising it here* so I just recommend you read it.

It really deserves being read somewhere quiet while you’re sitting comfortably with a nice cup of tea – but even on a busy tube with wet feet it should…

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Plant Words and Watch Them Grow

Plant Words and Watch Them Grow

I love planting things – carefully, gently, adding plant food and water and lovely fresh soil. But then, without fail, I watch as they wither and turn grey and disintegrate.

I was heartened, therefore, to read this beautiful piece by the writer Yoojin Grace Wuertz, who acknowledges her own struggle to turn her fingers green. She gives …

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Your ‘Unique Literary Territory’

Your ‘Unique Literary Territory’

There are scores of over-quoted rules relating to the craft of writing. ‘Show, don’t tell.’ ‘Make your verbs work harder’ (which generally just means: avoid relying too much on adverbs). And – my personal bugbear – ‘Only write what what you know.’

This last was iterated with great vehemence by a famous author I recently went to see …

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Apply here for the Ink Academy Writing Course

Applying to the Ink Academy Writing Course is quick and simple. Just upload a sample of your writing below, along with your name and email address, and we will be in touch with enrolment details.

The sample of your writing does not need to be polished or perfect, or even from the work you want to develop on the course. It is just so that we can ensure our course is best placed to help you. For more details, please see our FAQs.

Please feel free to include any additional information, for example:
– Anything you’d like us to know about your writing experience, the project you’d like to work on or the submission you’ve uploaded below
– Preferred times and days for tutorials
– Whether you would like any additional Group Workshops (1 is included in the price)

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