Flash Fiction: ‘Chalk’ by Andrew Slinde

People just... disappear[...]Bret Easton Ellis Andrew Slinde is a screenwriter, novelist, and general purveyor of strange fiction. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa and cohabitates with three apex predators. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSlinde Chalk by Andrew Slinde Monday: There was a chalk mark on my door. Nothing special, just an X. Who put it... Continue Reading →

‘Book Inflation’ and Author-Editor Relationships

I write like fat ladies diet.Stephen King In 1914, poets TS Eliot and Ezra Pound met while living as exiles in Europe, and their famous friendship went on to produce one of the defining masterpieces of Modernist poetry. Eliot's 'The Waste Land', in its final form, was first published in literary magazine The Criterion [October... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘The Things We Left Behind’ by Michael Lacare

There was nowhere to go but everywhere [...]Jack Kerouac Michael Lacare is a Pushcart Prize-nominated writer whose work has appeared in The Rumpus, Able Muse, and Salon. He lives in Florida with his wife Lori where he spends his time writing and drinking copious amounts of black coffee. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeLacare. The Things... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘Empty Space’ by Zach Murphy

Dogs are our link to paradise. [...] To sit with a dog on a hillside [...] is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.Milan Kundera Zach Murphy is a Hawaii-born writer with a background in film and screenwriting. His stories have appeared in Peculiars Magazine, Ellipsis Zine, Emerge Literary... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction: ‘In the Eyes’ by Michael Conroy

The reason some portraits don't look true to life is some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.Salvador Dalí In the Eyes Un mistero dell'ispettore Donatoby Michael Conroy Ispettore Donato drove up the Lungarno, headlights on, in the rain, and parked outside the Uffizi Gallery. Far ahead, beyond the courtyard, he saw the Piazza... Continue Reading →

Crime Fiction | ‘Roman Noir’ and Hardboiled Private Eyes

You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep [...], oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell. Me, I was part of the nastiness now. Far more a part of it... Continue Reading →

Humour, Narrative Perspective, and Meaning | Margaret Atwood and Xiaolu Guo

The world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel.Horace Walpole For Jonathan Swift, writing humour, or rather satire, is as simple as a pair of bellows blowing wind up a dog's rear end until, at last, the poor thing explodes. (Have tastes changed all that much?) But fiction writers... Continue Reading →

Charis Wightman on Writing ‘The Girl from Saikea’

Author and English teacher Charis Wightman (Manchester Writing School) recently published her first novel, The Girl from Saikea on Amazon. The story deals with sensitive themes like totalitarianism, politics, and human rights. Protagonist Mai's struggle for freedom and a sense of identity outside the confines of Saikea (her home country ruled with an iron grip)... Continue Reading →

Robert Nelson Talks Mother Tongue Other Tongue

Today we speak to Manchester Writing School alum and School Liaison Assistant Robert Nelson from the Manchester Metropolitan University. Read on to learn about the prize-winning Mother Tongue, Other Tongue poetry project, the importance of Creative Writing in today's world, and Robert's own writing interests. Follow him on Instagram: @infinitelyrobert. Tell us about the Mother... Continue Reading →

Steve Hollyman Talks the Writing Life

Who would ever want to be a writer? It's a poorly paid profession, near-impossible to get your foot in the door, and has been known to drive would-be Hemingways to drink and despair – including, sadly, the man himself. But rather than squirreling away to your local coffee shop to bleed all over your typewriter,... Continue Reading →

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