18 episodes

Lessons in creative writing from a ghostly array of great novelists, poets and playwrights such as Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. Presented by Cathy FitzGerald.

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Lessons in creative writing from a ghostly array of great novelists, poets and playwrights such as Ted Hughes, W.B. Yeats and Allen Ginsberg. Presented by Cathy FitzGerald.

    Lesson Eighteen: Writer’s Block

    Lesson Eighteen: Writer’s Block

    “You’re in the middle of writing something and your mind goes blank… ok, you’re being warned, aren’t you?” Discover Ray Bradbury’s simple trick for overcoming writer’s block.

    • 9 min
    Lesson Seventeen: What I Learned from James Baldwin

    Lesson Seventeen: What I Learned from James Baldwin

    Contemporary novelist Caryl Phillips close reads a dramatic passage from ‘Another Country’ by James Baldwin to see what we can learn from the great American writer.

    • 9 min
    Lesson Sixteen: Dealing with Critics

    Lesson Sixteen: Dealing with Critics

    If you’re going to put your work out in the world, then sooner or later, someone’s going to take a pop at it. This lesson features tips on handling critics from novelists John Fowles and Graham Greene, plus some unexpected behaviour from Henry James.

    • 10 min
    Lesson Fifteen: Write and Repeat

    Lesson Fifteen: Write and Repeat

    “Easy reading is damned hard writing,” says Maya Angelou. Hear the many pains she takes to ‘sharpen her language’ in this lesson about revising your work.

    • 10 min
    Lesson Fourteen: In Search of a Character with Graham Greene

    Lesson Fourteen: In Search of a Character with Graham Greene

    Hear how Graham Greene gradually evolves a character – and a novel - on a research trip to a leper colony in the Congo.

    • 8 min
    Lesson Thirteen: Place

    Lesson Thirteen: Place

    Sometimes the world gives writers a location so atmospheric it’s just waiting for a back story. But how do we do it justice? Poet Ted Hughes, diarist Christopher Isherwood and Vladimir Nabokov on capturing the soul of a place in words.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Clive1234 ,

They stay on my iPad

Have all 18 on my iPad and think I’m probably going through for the fifth time. Cannot delete them they are too precious. More please.

Ruggers ,

Im a song writer and have found some gems in here!

Love how they are all approx 10 mins long. Little bites of knowledge in your ear. Perfect snack listen. Although I’ve just played them all in a couple of days 😂👍👍

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