Resources to help you improve your writing

Advice from two of our 2016 winners, Jake Martin and Craig Brush.

A Checklist for Short Story Writing by our OutStanding judges.

WikiHow to write a short story.  Great step-by-step advice to help you write an excellent short story.

English Grammar. Lots of information to help you improve your writing skills and understand the correct use of grammar.

Breathing in, singing out.  Excellent exploration of how you find your voice as a writer

The 7 types of short story openings How to write a killer opening sentence

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers  A really useful set of advice about attitude, discipline, work habits and the power of revising your work.  You may also get lots of ideas from his book, ‘On Writing’. It’s clever and funny and gets straight to the point.

The art of Revision. Great advice and insight into the importance of revising and redrafting your work.

LGBTQIA+ writers on writing

Writing Gay by Edmund White

10 rules for writing by Jeanette Winterson

Stella Duffy’s advice  Stella’s tips on writing a great short story

Ten rules for writing fiction by Sarah Waters

Tips on overcoming fear of the blank page and aspiring to greatness by Stephen Fry

How does Ivan Coyote start writing? 

Get a library card: my rules for writing by Hannah Kent

On short story writing by David Malouf