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Writing Wednesday: Opportunities roundup

Hi all!

I’ve spotted a few pretty great-sounding opportunities floating around atm, so thought I’d do a quick Writing Wed!

WoMentoring Project : Okay, this is pretty cool, and something I’m thrilled to be involved with! Dozens of professional literary women (inc. me!) have signed up to offer free mentorship to women writers. I’ll be offering comics mentorship to either a comics writer or cartoonist, or perhaps a prose-er hoping to try comics, and while there are tons women in the industry more experienced then me, I hope I’ll still be able to help someone out with a listening ear, critical eye and whatever experience I have to offer thus far! I’ve also been doing some illustrations for the WoMentoring Project site, which I’m pretty stoked to share with you!

Tune in next week for the site’s launch, and in the meantime, follow on twitter here!

-Other interesting-looking things:

Poets, this looks incredible. A £10,000 poet-in-residence commission at Jane Austen’s House Museum (!), deadline in a week on April 16th.

Cartoonists – this is pretty amazing. Malmö University is offering a half-time online course on Digital Comics, led by brilliant cartoonist Renee Engström. What’s pretty amazing for those of us on this side of the world is that tuition fees are ‘for non-EU students only’ . So while a lot of us may not be able to fit in a half-time study course, if you can, this is an amazing opportunity!

Beginning writers – a free ‘Start writing fiction‘ MOOC offered by Future Learn and the Open University – at 3 hrs a week for 8 weeks, it sounds  do-able for most!

-Also offering mentoring, this IdeasTap/Writers Centre Norwich program for novel/short story writers 18-30 looks fantastic, and you don’t have to be unpublished or unagented to apply.  Closes May 12, and they’re holding an online forum on April 15 to answer questions.

-And on the off-chance one of you reading this is a not-yet-published Scottish writer over 40, this looks very worth applying, with 9 months mentoring, a couple of retreats, and a bursary!

Writing Wednesday: Intro Post

Hi everyone,

I’ve been thinking of starting up another post series in addition to the Freelance Friday posts, focussing on writing. I’m not sure how long it will be, and it may not be weekly like the FF ones, but hopefully I’ll be able to offer something that’s helpful or thought-provoking now and then, or even just links to good blogs and resources I’ve come across.

For ages I’ve been meaning to get a blog series up for comic writers looking to work with artists, so this’ll be the place for that, and other writing and story ponderings. If there’s anything you’d particularly like to see covered in the working-with-artists series, let me know!

I’ll also try and regularly make a quick note of what I’ve been reading, more in a recommendations vein than any sort of reviews, because there’s so much good stuff out there to celebrate! They won’t include a lot of info on the books, as there’s plenty of that elsewhere – just what’s having a good impact on me that week and what it’s been making me think about. To start that off, this week’s Read/Recommend:

Holly Black’s The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. This book is a stunner, gorgeously written and with a truly fantastic main character with a ton of agency.

It also got me thinking about setting. I’m not really into the kind of worldbuilding that involves encyclopedias worth of info and becomes an end in itself, but I do realize the resonance a setting can have, and I realized that the reason Coldtown felt so rich as a setting boiled down for me to the fact that there were clearly other stories to be told. It felt like you could pick a random inhabitant of the place and they would have an interesting story of their own. I know showing the tip, implying the iceberg is hardly anything new, but the thought phrased itself in my head in a way that I hadn’t really thought of it before, and that’s always a good thing. Letting settings become and feel like places where there are other stories than the one that’s being told.