For writers

This is really good! Best writing tips from some top authors (incl Rose Tremain, Jeanette Winterson, William Boyd, Amit Chaudhuri, Philip Hensher, Toby Litt and more).

The Kureishi Chronicles – reflections on writing and life after paralysis from Hanif Kureishi

Secrets of Storytelling – a BBC Radio 4 series on the mechanics and techniques of writing. It’s like a free creative writing course, with some top authors providing insights. I’ve just listened to the episode on dialogue with James Runcie and Anne Enright.

Create your own images for social media – I use Canva to create my pictures for events – they have templates for twitter, facebook etc. I use the free version and it’s excellent for my purposes. You can pay for the pro version which has more choice

Bestseller Experiment podcast – this has an extraordinary number of in-depth interviews with agents, publishers and authors (including me, but that’s not why I put it up here). Lots of insights if you’re a writer wanting to write better or wanting to get published. Hosted by Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux.

Louis Theroux interviews Michaela Cole in this podcast on BBC Sounds. She talks about the writing of the brilliant TV drama I May Destroy You, among other equally interesting things.

Over 2 podcasts, Adam Buxton interviews one of the great comic writers of the last 30 years, Chris Morris. Funny and enlightening. Two podcasts: Podcast 1 and Podcast 2

Scriptnotes with Charlie Booker. I’m enjoying this podcast about all things scriptwriting from John August and Craig Mazin. This episode features Charlie Booker talking about Black Mirror.

Only Artists. Interesting discussion about screen writing, film composing and directing on BBC Radio 4 between composter Debbie Wiseman and screenwriter/director Peter Kosminsky (they worked on Wolf Hall together).

Anne Enright on what you feel about your writing and what that’s worth

Secret Bookseller Blog: the scary (for writers!) and very funny inside story of what happens in an independent bookshop.

Good article on writing a novel from Colum McCann – published in The Guardian

On editing by George Saunders – also in The Guardian

On writing historical fiction – Reith lectures by Hilary Mantel

Paris Review interviews with great authors since the 1950s. Fascinating.

Writers and rejection – article by Sophie Mackintosh

How to write a letter to an agent if you’re looking for representation – article by Anna Davis of Curtis Brown

Crime Writers’ Association

Historical Writers’ Association

Society of Authors

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society – collects money for secondary uses and pays authors

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