Halloween and Valentine’s combo

Writing for a particular occasion is always fun and provides a useful cultural touchpoint to get your imagination flowing. In this post, I will suggest a number of activities which groups can do near to Halloween and Valentine’s day. First we will look at the genre of horror which is apt for Halloween-inspired writing. Thinking… Continue reading Halloween and Valentine’s combo

Summer 2021 – Fiction

The Mythology of Althea & Keegan “Christ,” the pelican said, pressing the tip of his wing to his forehead. “Does either of you have a vape pen?” “No!” Keegan exclaimed, looking appalled. Althea dug in her purse and handed one over. “Here you go,” she said. “Thanks.” He sparked it and inhaled deeply, coughing and… Continue reading Summer 2021 – Fiction

Spaces and Places

Read on if you are interested in activities relating to the construction of settings in fiction works or the production of travel writing as a nonfiction genre. The setting of any piece of fiction is extremely important and will make a huge difference to the type of work you end up writing. To practice the… Continue reading Spaces and Places

Spring 2021 – Fiction

Ham and Asparagus, and Stamps ‘When we finally made it to the green, we found the pond hadn’t quite frozen through, only we didn’t know that until we stepped in and got boots full of slush. I said we should go home and make some popcorn, but Eva was bent on having a good time.… Continue reading Spring 2021 – Fiction

Spellbinder and ENIGMA in collaboration: Tips from the Editors

This is a very special blog post to celebrate the collaboration of Spellbinder magazine with Exeter University’s creative writing society and their literary journal, ENIGMA. Spellbinder has been fortunate enough to receive a number of submissions from the talented student community in Exeter, a number of which have been published in the Winter and Spring… Continue reading Spellbinder and ENIGMA in collaboration: Tips from the Editors

Writing Walks

This post should inspire you to think creatively in relation to the following prompt and is especially targeted at short story and flash fiction writers. Write or draw something about a winter walk. I’m not talking about an ordinary walk, but one where something absurd happens and your protagonist has to step up and make… Continue reading Writing Walks

Winter 2021 – Fiction

Dear Mme Lucinda ‘Once you let me know that it is five hundred francs for all the girls I will send them to you. I am willing to pay seven hundred francs if you will take all four of them. They are good girls, very studious and quiet. Please write me back soon. Mme. Lucinda,… Continue reading Winter 2021 – Fiction