Janey Robinson

5 things I learned at the Emerald Street Lit Fest

Jul
01

Last month I attended the Emerald Street Literary Festival on a damp Saturday at the Royal Geographic Society in London. I’d pre-booked three sessions and brought my notebook for any writing opportunities. Here is what I have mulled over and taken away from the day.

There are always rules with writing.

It can be overwhelming, you write because you have to write. Then you seek to learn how to write better and each time come away with a new set of commandments until every notebook you own has “must do’s” from all sides of the publishing industry. The Faber Academy’s Richard Skinner shared his 5 tips for writers (see below) during his The Bare Bones of Stories workshop. They are a little elusive in that you have to think about each one to really decipher them. My new approach is to listen to any new rules, decide if they make sense and are of use to me, then move on, keep writing and stay focused. (more…)

3 Short Stories

Apr
15

Created at Femi Martin’s “Writing a Spring Short Story” workshop on 5th April 2016, part of the Creative Writing series at the South Bank Centre, London. The resulting stories are a little dark, this wasn’t intentional but clearly reflected my imagination that evening, they are in the order in which I wrote them.

Escape to Nature

The man sunk his bare feet in to the sand. The little girl watched from behind the wild flowers in the dunes, chewing on her hair. He turned at a sound and found her eyes. (more…)