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What Does Breaking Boundaries Even Mean?

By Farzana Hakim The other day, I was invited for my first television interview. An opportunity, I’d be silly to decline. The prospect of appearing on the big screen had me rather excited, and of course I dolled myself up in a new dress, a new red coat, and a new lip gloss. Mobile phone in one hand and a copy of my book ...
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Confessions of an EdgeLit Newbie!

My first experience of EdgeLit I had been persuaded by Pen to Print writing duo LM Towton (Lauren and Michelle) to go along to Derby Quad EdgeLit, and as the organiser Alex Davies had been kind enough to agree to put copies of our first issue of Write On! in the ...
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Michael Says Goodnight

by Matthew Wixey Pen to Print Short Story Competition 2018/19 Winner The window of Michael's bedroom looks out on to the ragged little back garden. In the winter when the leaves die he can see for miles through the trees. He can see the sky and bitter stars and the road at ...
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Still a Lost Girl

by Mariam Siddiqui   I am a grown woman lost Whose childish tendencies May lead her to destruction Or maybe, I’m hoping it will lead me towards the Eternal Light My Salvation Oh, the One who Loves and Saves Please rescue this child in disguise of a grown woman Please save me from my greed, that incessant terrible voice that Demands ...

Five Ways to Fix A Scene

By Rebecca Delphine  You’ve written your first draft and a few selective people have read it and given you feedback. They point out a scene that doesn’t fit right, or even if they don’t notice it, you know deep down there are one or two scenes that don’t feel how they should. ...
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Pipers, Puppets and Pierrots

by Eithne Cullen ReadFest event: Poetry at the Archive Our visit to the Archive and Study centre at Valence House was on a fine, quiet Friday. Led by Anna Robinson, a group of Pen to Print poets looked into some local history to find inspiration for our poems. The archivist had put out ...

“You Talking to Me?” Tips on Writing Great Dialogue

By Claire Buss It’s all about the dialogue. When you think about it, dialogue is all a book consists of. There are the conversations between the characters and the conversation from the writer talking to their reader. I am dialoguing with you right now. Why do we like dialogue so much? Well, ...

Another Award for Book Challenger Claire Buss!

We are thrilled to share the news that Claire Buss has been successful in winning the 2019 Uncaged Book Review Raven Award for Best Sci-Fi/ Fantasy for her novel The Rose Thief. We asked Claire how she felt receiving yet another award for her writing? "I am over the moon to have ...
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Rose and Thorne: Lifeblood (Chapter One)

by R J Cambridge I look through the old musty curtains, unchanged in all the years I have been coming to Chez Sanguis. The decor is the same, dark oak panelling, high, wing-backed chairs, crimson tablecloth and strictly tables for two or four only. It is the ultimate place for a ...

Getting Through Your First Draft

By Rebecca Delphine  Writing the first draft of a novel is often painful. The story in your head is perfect and flawless but as you try to forge it into words it can get distorted and difficult to understand. You become a little lost and no matter how hard you try you ...