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The Tyranny of Titles

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Every workshop I teach leads to a discussion of The Title. 1. What is the purpose of a title? 2. Where should it come from? 3. How do you know if it’s any good? When I teach others, I can …

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CSR and Me

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(Read to the end for the big reveal!) CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility:  when a corporation takes decisive and apparent action to uphold and promote positive social values. In other words, the way in which a company contributes via active fundraising, …

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International Literacy Day

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International Literacy Day really snuck up on me this year. I must admit, the calendar is full of random celebratory days and I tend to ignore most of them (although my favorite might be International Talk Like a Pirate Day …

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A Leap of Faith

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As most of you know, when I am not writing novels and poetry, I am running a non-profit organisation which I founded called Writing Through.  It is some of the most rewarding, exciting and creative work I have ever done, …

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100 Women 100 Books

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The extremely creative and generous writers, Sarah Salway and Viccy Adams, spent the past year working on a project they call Spreadsheets and Moxie. Their aim was to consider what professionalism looks like for Creative Arts practitioners, with a particular focus on …

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Is It Fiction?

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It has been an intense month of writing. My last post discussed finishing the first draft of my new novel. Today, I can report that I have finished the third draft and am about to send the manuscript to a …

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Finishing the First Draft

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This has been a long time coming. Writing my fourth novel has taught me that no experience is completely repeatable, and although I have long understood that every novelist has her/his own process, my own process is a fluid one, …

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Writing About Politics

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Careful readers will note that I haven’t been on this blog lately. There’s always an excuse, but this time it’s a pretty good one. Since my last post, when I was running back-to-back meetings and workshops in Singapore, I’ve returned …

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Feeling Surreal in Cambodia

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It started with Songkran, the traditional celebration of Khmer New Year. Throwing caution to the wind, we put on our “New Year Shirts” (which looked a lot like Hawaiian shirts to us), piled into a tuk tuk with the Horizons …

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Khmer New Year

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This week is the run up to the Khmer New Year celebrations, which begins on Friday the 14th April and goes all weekend long. The date of the holiday is always the same, or nearly so, because it is based …

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