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Fabulous Writing Advice

Jennifer Egan’s amazing book ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’ is very high in my list of all-time favourites. A_Visit_From_the_Goon_SquadIt won the Pulitzer prize for Fiction in 2011 and – if you read it – you’ll see why. It’s a great example of how, despite there being so many authors and so many books, you can still be dazzlingly original in your structure and style.

In this article, Egan gives some great writing advice. It is always worth listening to what experienced writers have to say – it can give you confidence in those quiet ‘incubating’ phases or help you to trust yourself as the words fall on to the page in periods of great output. You can read what Egan says here.

Creative Writing Courses. Discuss.

Guardian illustrationBack in 2014 Hanef Kureshi caused a bit of a stir when he cast doubt on the value of creative writing courses.

Here at Writing Matters Towers, we think our ‘bums on seats’ – and more so, our ‘repeat custom bums on seats’ – speaks for itself about the quality of our teaching. We believe that properly prepared lessons, accessible teaching methods and happy confident students make for a thorough and useful course. Our teaching is peer-reviewed by our partner organisations at least once a term within our own quality assurance framework.

Most of our new custom comes from word-of-mouth referrals which is always great to hear.

This article is an interesting reply to Kureshi’s original statement.

Firewords Competition

We’re always on the look out for good competitions at Writing Matters, especially free ones… Free ones that from an organisation with a great reputation are even better.  W&A

This really fits the bill:

Great theme and perfect challenge. Closing date October 31st 2016



Writing Matters bids farewell to one of our mightiest students

Rosemary DunnIt is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Rosemary Dunn. Ro was a stalwart of the Deal class and an exceptional writer. She continued to write throughout her illness and has left a brilliant body of work for her family and friends to read and treasure.

Ro’s obituary appeared in the Guardian today: but she is best remembered by her extraordinary writing. This poem, about her hero, appeared on the order of service at her funeral. Further examples of Ro’s work will be read at a concert to celebrate her life which will be held in 2017.

Homage by Rosemary Dunn

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) started to go deaf before he was 30. In 1824, and stone deaf, he completed his 9th symphony (the ‘Choral Symphony’ whose last movement contains the famous ‘Ode to Joy’ – now the European Anthem). He insisted on conducting the first performance so, to honour his request, he was placed to one side of the (hearing) conductor. At the end of the performance Beethoven had to be turned round to see the applause which he was unable to hear. 

They say
you enjoy a drink
with the locals

They say
you are spurned
in love

They say
you are ill-tempered
and grumpy

They say
your music is too hard
to play

They say
you’re thumping your piano
to bits.

But now, Ludwig,
let me place my hands
on your shoulders
and turn you round
to face the eye-music
of adulation

I can’t hear
what you are saying
because it is drowned
by the sounds
of cheering

I have seen
your ear bent close
to the keys, tilted
towards the visibility of your hands
shaping out
the splintered metaphors
of your music.

They say
you died in a thunderstorm

They say
you had white teeth
’til the day you died

I saw
an old man
in the Zentralfriedhof
bring you flowers

His own Ode to Joy