The saying goes that “everyone has a story in them” and it’s the mission of Writing Magazine to help you get yours out. Brought to you by real experts who know what it takes to improve your writing or get published, this monthly magazine is a must-have for all writers. Whether you write fiction, poetry, drama, children’s books, non-fiction or anything else, each issue features tips, practical exercises and real-life advice, that will not only help you get all that creativity onto the paper but also, get your name and profile out into the industry. With writing masterclasses from professionals, industry news, events listings, competitions where you can submit your work for fantastic prizes and real paid writing opportunities, Writing Magazine has everything you need to hone and improve your talents.
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The world of writing • World-building and word-building, bidding on poems and betting on eels – take a deep dive into the wonderful world of writing
JOB’S A GOOD’UN • Piers Blofeld explains the multi-faceted ways in which literary agents earn their keep
Risk a verse • Ten ways to keep writing poetry from poets Jane Commane and Ian Humphreys
What to expect when you’re querying • Tips for submitting your book from the literary agents behind the Discoveries Prize
Agent approach • Advice on pulling together your submission package from Cornerstones’ Helen Corner-Bryant
WRITING WITH child’s eyes • Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo explains how he keeps finding new ways to tell stories, and challenge new readers, to Tina Jackson
Editorial calendar • Strong forward planning will greatly improve your chances with freelance submissions. Here are some themes to consider for the coming months.
Books for (A NEW) life • Whatever area of life you want to change and transform in the coming year, Rosalind Moody has you sorted
MY PATH TO PUBLICATION Blessing Musariri • The Zimbabwean writer describes how writing for love meant that everything fell into place
Under the covers Not what it says on the tin • Gillian Harvey realises she hasn’t labelled her books quite right
Your writing critiquedJames McCreet applies his forensic criticism to the first 300 words of a reader’s manuscript
Dark Tales • Catrin is a former creative writing and English A-level teacher, with a BA and an MA in Creative Writing from St Mary’s University and the University of Portsmouth, respectively. Her 2021 new year’s resolution was to enter a writing competition every month, and this is her first win, after placing third in the Win Your Way to Swanwick competition. She loves to read and write dystopian fiction, and is currently working on her debut novel about the lighter side of the zombie apocalypse.
Ducks in a row • Get your writing goals lined up so you’re ready for 2022, says Adrian Magson
SHELF LIFE • Acclaimed crime writer Dominic Nolan reveals the five books that have most influenced him
HOW I WROTE… • Author Matt Stanley (aka James McCreet to WM readers) describes the process of writing his latest novel
THE ART OF PERSUASION • Get your writing group using words to generate the effect they want in these exercises from Julie Phillips
CIRCLES’ ROUNDUP • If your writing group would like to feature here, whether you need new members, have an event to publicise or to suggest tips for other groups, email Tina Jackson, email@example.com
The big issues • Where do you want your writing to take you in the coming year? Margaret James offers sound advice
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