Playing with the Grown-Ups

I had never been in a mixed critique group with people writing for both adults and children until this month. This was first posted on the Litmus 2015 blog page – you can click through to see the original posting.  Why not browse the rest of the blog whilst you are there?

Litmus 2015

Last week we were divided into groups to workshop some pieces of creative writing. Great! For me, this has been one of the best parts of the Writing for Children course. Receiving support, comments, criticism and suggestions from other people, who are as excited about stories for children as I am, is so helpful. The Publishing Project module, however, mixes children’s writers with Critical & Creative Writers – the grown-ups! I was apprehensive, to say the least.

I needn’t have worried. Of the three C&C writers in our group, one was dramatising a fairy tale and one was writing about dragons. Only one person was writing straight adult literature and her language was so atmospheric it felt almost like another world to me. It made me realise that the thing I love most about stories – any stories – is their ability to whisk you away to another time and place…

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About me as a writer – in eight questions

As part of the MA in Writing for Children I am undertaking at the University of Winchester we are working with the MA Critical & Creative Writing students to produce an anthology of our work.  The book will be called Litmus 2015 and is due for publication in May 2015. We are trying very hard to be professional in promoting ourselves as writers and have set up a blog which will, we hope, stir up some interest in our project.  As part of this we have all been presented with some questions about our writing.  I thought you might like to see what I had to say.  Just click on the link – it with take you to the Litmus 2015 blog (and saves me typing it out again).

Kim A Howard.