The Creative Writers Toolbelt gives practical accessible advice and encouragement to Creative writers.
Each episode explores an aspect of creative writing technique, with examples, allowing you to apply what you learn immediately to your writing. We also throw in the occasional interview with writers and other artists, exploring their wisdom on subjects like story, style, character and the writing process
Episode 161 Writing your memoir
Has the Covid19 virus forced you into being at home with time on your hands? Could now be the time to start that memoir project you've been meaning to get around to for so long? If so, this is the episode for you. My guest for this episode is the journalist, editor, commissioning editor and speaker Ali Hull. Ali is the Deputy Editor of Sorted magazine, and a freelance commissioning editor, who has worked with at least a hundred authors on their books, many of which were memoirs. She has also co-authored a book on grief, and written many press releases, features, interviews and reviews. Since 2003, she has spoken on numerous writing courses, around the UK and in Ireland.
Episode 160 Lockdown for writers
Yes I'm back! I want to do two or three more episodes before I finish, to address the extraordinary times we are living in, and in this episode I am talking to two writer / entrepreneurs, Wendy H Jones and Abidemi Sanusi about how writers can survive and thrive in Lockdown. We discuss motivation, routine, self-care for writers, and just getting started.
Episode 159 Thank you for listening, and goodbye
Sadly, this is the last episode of the podcast, at least for now. From the end of March I am putting The Creative Writer's Toolbelt on hiatus. Listen to this episode for my explanation of why I am finishing (nothing sinister!) and news about a possible writer's event that I'd like to host at some point in the future somewhere in the UK.
Episode 158 Take the advice that works for you. A conversation with freelance editor Ellen Brock
This episode features one of my favourite guests, an editor who manages to combine a formidable expertise with a friendly and accessible manner, you’ll most likely know her from her YouTube channel, but she also featured in a two part episode on the podcast in 2018, it’s the wonderful Ellen Brock. In this conversation Ellen gives us some recommended reading for mastering the structure of story, provides some insights on how to manage point of view in close third person, and also gives us some great advice on what advice we should actually use and what we should discard.
Episode 157 - Keep your eyes on your own paper! Maintaining your balance as an author - with Barbara Poelle
This episode is a conversation with Barbara Poelle, agent with the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. We talk about the importance of having good critique partners, how to approach an agent at a conference, and that old favourite – showing not telling. Enjoy!
Episode 156 - Observing your characters with compassion. A conversation with Abbigail N. Rosewood
This episode is a conversation with the Vietnamese born writer, Abbigail N. Rosewood, about her first novel 'If I had two lives'. In this conversation we talk about withholding judgement to maintain the story, how to use sensory information to introduce a character, how honesty can lead to empathy, and what it means to be understood as a writer.
Really enjoyed this podcast and sad it’s coming to an end. Andrew taught me some writing skills that have vastly improved my story telling and I wish him well on his writing journey!
Encouraging and practical
There are so many good things about this podcast. Andrew and his guests are always positive and inspiring with practical advice about all things writing related. I would recommend this podcast to any writer at any stage of your journey!
Thank you, Andrew, for being so generous with your time and wisdom.