Q&A with Phil Clarke, Script Consultant: Experiences in the Film Industry

Phil Clarke has been a dedicated script consultant for over a decade. He spent the best part of twenty years in the movie business, working on feature films by major Hollywood studios including Warner Brothers, Paramount, 20th Century Fox and United Artists, and production/distribution companies Miramax, Lucasfilm and Intermedia. Phil Clarke. Phil consults on all genres, and his enviable career experience has helped him to... Continue Reading →

Aria Ligi Talks Writing, Politics, and the Poetic Objective

We talk to Aria Ligi, Senior Poetry Editor at October Hill Magazine, about her work, inspirations, and the role poets can play in our current political landscape. Aria's work has been published in numerous magazines, chapbooks, and anthologies including Light Magazine, October Hill Magazine, The Australian Times and the Vermillion Literary Project. Two of her earlier books, Temple of Love: Poems for Marie Antoinette and Blood,... Continue Reading →

McKenzie Austin Talks Fantasy, Editing & What Not to Do for Self-Publishing Writers

McKenzie Austin is the one-and-only award-winning, self-published, Wisconsinite cheese-enthusiast author of the highly successful 'Panagea Tales' series, a four-part fantasy epic set in a dystopian world where steampunk pirates battle to save the future. Yes, that's quite an elevator pitch. Today, McKenzie answers our questions on writing, editing, and how to avoid the pitfalls of... Continue Reading →

Q&A with Writer-Scholar Simon Lee-Price

Simon Lee-Price returns to answer our questions about his academic research, writerly inspirations, and the role that philosophy plays in literature. How do Romantics like Lord Byron inform the trope of the suffering writer? Moreover, what can we learn from Henry Miller about writing? And how does habitual creativity inspire writers and artists to carry... 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 →

Q&A with James Ellson, author of ‘The Trail’

Crime writer and veteran detective James Ellson recently published his debut novel The Trail, a continent-hopping mystery thriller about detective Rick Castle who follows a kidnapping case from Manchester to Nepal. While offering readers an intelligent and exciting plot, Ellson also provides plenty of insight into real police work and authentic procedural techniques. Today, he... Continue Reading →

Interview with Fantasy Writer Isabella Hunter

What does the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China last November mean for the writing world? Is this the end of capitalism as we know it? Can we look forward to a violent socialist revolution? Will e-book sales fly through the roof? The pandemic is bound to take a toll on what has always been an... Continue Reading →

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