My other Creative Writing Course Blogs

January 14, 2019

Kobo Writing Life

January 4, 2019

“Do not worry, you have written before and you will write now.”

December 2, 2018

First Steps Creating Writing Course: My book has just been published

November 26, 2018

The “original” Online Creative Writing Course

November 22, 2018

Creative Writing Course: How to Write Creatively: Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. Those who can’t do either (or perhaps ANYTHING) , just write” (a lot)!

Just sorting out  some lessons from our original online creative writing course (“many many moons ago” from  1997)

Quite a job/”mission”!

Enjoy this short extract from Lesson Five (I think) WHAT ARE THE ‘SECRETS’ OF WRITING SUCCESS?

How’s this for an opening line for a novel?
“James walked into the hotel and it was as if he was struck by a bolt of lightning. He instantly
went into a state of shock, as the past ten years of his life flashed through his mind as in an
instant replay. It was too much to all take in in a second. His legs began to tremble, as if they
had turned into instant jelly. They could barely hold his slight frame, as he struggled with all
his might to hold his body upright. Out of his numbness he could see seated at the end of the
bar the face of the…

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Writing and the Creative Imagination

June 28, 2018

Book world’s man of the moment hits town

May 21, 2018

Hunt for the Wilbur Smith person

May 8, 2018


Wilbur Smith. Photo / Hendre Louw

“I write from a deep desire to tell stories I think are important,” he says, “and to link those subjects which are very close to my heart. Because they’re close to my heart I can write them with all my heart. Mine comes from my upbringing in Africa, and my fascination with certain aspects of African life.

“You have to believe in your own story, and then to have the enthusiasm for it, if you believe in it, then you have the enthusiasm, but if you’re faking it, it comes through very quickly.


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“Explore, dream, discover”

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“I don’t want to live a balanced life, I just want to write.”

May 7, 2018

Write on Writing


“I don’t want to live a balanced life, I just want to write.” | Craig’s Quotes


from a Google search (thanks for rescuing me from “sheer utter chaos”, Big G!

* (and by that I’m referring to both God and Google, but probably far more the first)…14748.14748.0.15293.….0…1c.1.64.psy-ab..0.0.0….0.tSpGxp7JHLc

“Sharing, supporting, informing,  enlightening, “entertaining”(??), encouraging, empowering, enriching, challenging, igniting, uplifting (and perhaps even) inspiring”

enough there for now, c!

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Do You Need A Degree To Be A Writer?

May 4, 2018

thanks for the follow
Happy writing
Best wishes from the First City to see the light

The Literary Game

School Days

I’ve always been a writer. In what seems like a former life now, I used to be a teacher.


When I was teaching, my students knew I was a writer.

Probably because I wouldn’t shut up about it. You know those bartenders who are actors or those waiters who are musicians. Yeah, I was that guy.

My students got a kick out of me (and hopefully learned a little something). They were all great in their own ways (well, almost all were); however, many years later, I find that some of the most memorable students were the writers. Of course.

When I was teaching, students with a talent and passion for creative writing were always eager to share their stories and other writing with me.

You may want to replace the word eager with desperate. But hey, we writers want to get read, otherwise what’s the point, right?

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