Writers’ Services

Patricia Fawcett – Novelist offering reasonably priced critiques of whole novels or synopsis plus 3 chapters.


Writers’ Resources

Speak the English the English Speak – A useful guide to the origins and use of 500 English idioms. Or try picking an idiom at random and using it to inspire a short story, e.g. Barking up the wrong tree.

Entrepreneur Writer – Nick Daws, a professional freelance writer and editor, shares tips and advice for writers and aspiring writers, including information about current writing opportunities and resources.

Off the Shelf Book Promotions – A site which offers free advice (via regular blog posts) on marketing yourself and your book. Plus the site offers a paid-for service tailored to your own needs.

Crime Writing Solutions – All you need to know about police procedure and crime by an ex-policeman. – Irish based site full of useful information for all writers

Words Magazine – Voluntarily run website for worldwide writers and readers of short stories. New and unpublished authors encouraged. Publishes quarterly interactive magazine – order a free sample via website. The website has lots of resources, competitions, etc. Profits in aid of charity.


Writers’ Associations

Lancashire Authors’ Association – An association devoted to the study of Lancashire literature, history, traditions and dialect. It also holds occasional competitions which are open to all.


Writers’ Holidays/Retreats/Courses

The Write Retreat – Tranquil writing retreat and residential creative writing courses in Brittany, France

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