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This ‘Artist’s Retreat’ could be yours this summer
As Spring officially arrives on our doorstep after the long winter, a short note to let you know that it’s not too late to treat yourself to the holiday of ...continue reading
Would Yeats Feel the Sting of Submittable Rejections Today?
Yesterday, I read some lines of Yeats’s “The Song of the Happy Shepherd.” These lines, in fact: The wandering earth herself may be Only a sudden flaming word, In clanging ...continue reading
For Love of Anna by James Lawless
Idealistic student Guido van Thool is torn between the extreme nature of his ideals and his love for the beautiful ballerina Anna Zweig. When he accidentally bumps into the beautiful ...continue reading
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates
Well, I decided that this week I would learn a new recipe. Another box ticked. Who knew cauliflower could be so versatile. Some months back while dining out I had ...continue reading
Fiction Writing Workshops with Niall Williams and Christine Breen in Kiltumper
The west of Ireland can be a lonesome place at the best of times, and being a writer can be a lonesome way to live, but it’s what we do ...continue reading
2018: The Year of Getting Stuff Done
Imagine if ye will, it is December 31st 2018. I shall be sitting at my computer, glass of wine in hand, sending my usual greetings to family and friends worldwide, ...continue reading
Help with Kindle Scout Nomination
Hi all, Needing some help from the community! I signed up to Kindle Scout and have submitted my novel and cover for approval by Kindle Scout. They would like nominations ...continue reading
New term of creative writing courses in Dublin and online starting soon!
As 2018 approaches, you might be thinking about your creative writing goals and how best to support them. You don’t need anyone else’s permission to write a story or poem ...continue reading
Coincidences by James Lawless
This time of year perhaps reminds us of those who have gone before us. One is John Montague, the brilliant poet who passed away last December and whom I had ...continue reading
Special offers on creative writing courses all this week!
We’re offering a range of limited-time offers on upcoming creating writing workshops (both on-site and online) all this week – keep an eye on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/writingfactory) or Twitter (@bigsmokewriting) ...continue reading