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'Write with...' - Week Seventeen: Setting

This week we are looking at how to jazz up a scene using the setting. It is so easy to neglect this aspect of writing. It's all about the characters, it's all about the dialogue, it's all about the emotion. Well a lot of scenes could perhaps have heightened emotion, more amusing or interesting dialogue and show us an enormous amount about our characters if we put them in an extraordinary setting. Imagine what you could learn about a couple if you put them in a haunted forest? How would their behaviour change and what would it demonstrate about their relationship? Think about your setting this week. Scene not working? Put them somewhere else...

Cesca x

After studying History at Bristol University, Cesca went on to work as a TV Presenter for four years on various pre-recorded and live shows. She taught History for seven years and became a Housemistress at a Secondary boarding School in Berkshire.

Since winning a writing competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel, Cesca has won or been placed in prestigious short story competitions for: Women and Home, Wells Festival of Literature, Grace Dieu and has also had short stories published in the Sentinel Champion and Sunday People Magazine.

She has written regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website Novelicious and now films weekly vlogs to help wannabe writers for She lives in Bradfield with her husband and their brood of ex-battery chickens.

The Silent Hours is her first novel.

To learn how to bring your setting to life, come along to our writing masterclass with award-winning author Helen Walsh. Find out more here.