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Merry Christmas from Writers & Artists

Christmas giveaway

It’s our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, and we think it’s about time we started celebrating! With less than a month to go until the big day, we wanted to do something to say thank you for all your support over the past year.

We’ve been steadily building up our writing community, both on (not to mention on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), and we’ve loved hearing about your writing projects and helping you with any questions you might have had.

So, by way of encouraging you to keep sharing your writing, we're delighted to offer a 10% discount on all editorial services booked during the month of December and January, using discount code 'EDITORIAL10'. Whether you have a completed first draft you would like an experienced editor to take a look at, or you have the beginnings of an idea you would like to chat to an agent about, we can help.

We're not stopping there, though. From Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd December, we're giving …

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Write With...Cesca Major

Cesca Major

Over the past four weeks, debut novelist Cesca Major has been asking the questions you, as a writer, need to know the answers to. Currently writing her second novel, her series of vlogs encourages you to write alongside her; tacking the questions and problems that arise together and thinking about your writing in a wider context - a kind of what, why and where of writing. 

You can now read her final vlog, on pinning down what your novel is really about, here. As her series comes to an end, we thought it was time to round up all four vlogs in one place. Listed below you can find each week's vlog and the questions (and answers) she discusses in each.

Week 1: Genre - why are you writing and who are you writing for?

Week 2: Research - What do you need to research and how much time should you spend researching?

Week 3: Where - where do you write and how can it help you as a writer?

Week 4: What - what's your writing really about and how can you find your logline?

Fortunately, Cesca has many …

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Calling All Writers!


We’re two months away from the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and we’re looking for four writers to blog about their experiences here, on the Writers & Artists website. 

NaNoWriMo is the month where, if you’re a writer and up for a challenge, you’ll be giving up your free time, shutting the world out and devoting yourself completely to your writing. From 1st to the 30th November, you’ll be joining hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world as you work to complete the first draft of a novel - you have to reach 50,000 words - in just one month.  

As a writer, you’ve probably spent days agonising over that paragraph you just couldn’t get right, so you’ll appreciate that 50,000 words in one month is a very big mountain to climb. We want to help you stay motivated during that month and, with that in mind, we’d like to document the NaNoWriMo journeys of four writers, in a series of blogs. 

We’ll feature six guest blog posts …

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Kinsale Arts Festival 2014 - 20% off Tickets

Kinsale Arts Festival

This year, Kinsale Arts Festival is offering a 20% discount on ticket prices, excluding dining, for International patrons. Patrons will be required to present a flight boarding card and proof of booking with a local accommodation provider on collecting tickets. 

Festival Highlights:

Ten oak letters will ignite the night sky, as a fleet of boats take to the water - a fiery international premiere that will announce the opening of the tenth Kinsale Arts Festival in spectacular fashion. One of many large-scale artworks commissioned to mark this special anniversary year, from an underwater sculpture in the harbour, to an immersive theatre show inside the town’s industrial metal perforation factory, it’s the biggest, most ambitious festival to date, running for an extended 10 days.

Taking place in the new month of September, the 2014 programme boasts the first Irish showing of work by Heather and Ivan Morison, Mel Brimfield, Neville Gabie and London architects Something and Son, …

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Something Rhymed: Celebrating Female Literary Friendships

Something Rhymed

Coleridge and Wordsworth, Byron and Shelley, Fitzgerald and Hemingway: we’ve all heard of the great male literary friendships. But who did Jane Austen turn to for encouragement with her writing? What about George Eliot? Or the mythically reclusive Emily Dickinson?

Conventional wisdom may have it that, for women at least, professional striving and supportiveness don’t easily go together but, as female pals who’ve relied on each other from the start of our writing careers, we’ve always been suspicious of that assumption.

We couldn’t help hoping that at least some of the most fêted female novelists and poets must have had significant literary relationships of their own. Still, since only Charlotte Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell came to mind at first, we decided to do a bit of historical sleuthing.

Our quest for answers led us to write a series of articles, in which we featured the likes of Vera Brittain and Winifred Holtby, authors of Testament of Youth and South Riding …

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