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Is it worth going on a writing retreat?

I am sitting in a bedroom of a house dating back to the 1600s. The upstairs floor is so warped that my desk is at a slight angle. The white-washed walls are cracked and anything but smooth or symmetrical. I adore this room. It's cosy and charming and I keep finding new things to look ... READ the POST

Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with social media?

Do you see social media as a positive thing? A recent discussion with friends got me thinking about my own relationship with social media. Some of these friends have come off it completely, but I'm not sure I could do that, or even if I would want to. What about you? I know a lot of people ... READ the POST

Book review – Childish Spirits, Rob Keeley

When Ellie, her mum and older brother, Charlie, move to Inchwood Manor, Ellie discovers they are not the only residents. The ghost of ten-year-old Edward, resides there too, though he has never been partial to visitors, always doing his utmost to make his presence known. An unhappy ghost does not ... READ the POST

Childish Spirits, the first in a series of ghostly, mystery tales, follows Ellie and Edward as they embark on an unusual friendship and set of adventures.

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Book Review

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece is a powerful tale of how grief and loss affects those who are left behind. Ten year-old Jamie was only five when his sister, Rose, was killed. He doesn't really remember her, and as such, does not grieve for her in the way her twin sister, Jasmine and his mum ... READ the POST

5 Ways to help children come up with a story idea

Many children have no problems coming up with a story idea. Others can think of ideas, but struggle to write them down. Then there are those who not only find coming up with ideas an arduous task, they are reluctant to write at all. I’ve met all these types of children at my creative writing ... READ the POST

What can an author teach children about creative writing?

I’d like to discuss why I think it’s useful for children to learn about creative writing from an author, but first, I’m going to start by telling you about my favourite part of the creative writing process. Initially, it’s exciting when an idea comes to me. When this happens, it’s like an ... READ the POST

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"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:40+00:00
"You're an amazing author. My daughter has read all your books 3 times. Thank you for inspriring her!!

"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct,...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:38+00:00
"Nicola listened to and understood our wish to evolve our message along with our brand. Her copy was always succinct, accurate and grammatically correct and we were able to upload it to the new site without significant revision."

"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:13:54+00:00
"Nicola is responsive and intuitive while delivering projects in a timely manner."

"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:06+00:00
"You have really inspired her to write and create stories. She was very taken with your book the Time School."

"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their...
Nikki Young
2020-02-28T13:14:19+00:00
"Nicola encourages the children to think about things in different ways and to be more creative and descriptive in their writing style."
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