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Fantasy and Historical Perspective by Sandra Unerman

‘There is nothing like looking if you want to find something…’ but what you find is not always quite the something you were after. So says the narrator of The Hobbit when the dwarves go looking for shelter from a … Continue reading

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Traps of World Building by David Gullen

It occurred to me that the one great challenge of world-building is that you are, in fact, building a world. What to put in? What to leave out? I’ve recently been reading The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to becoming … Continue reading

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Less is More – Looking at Jack Vance, by David Gullen

I love Jack Vance’s stories for their wit and imagination, and for his accomplished use of language. I’m not alone, he’s inspired a devoted readership*, significant critical praise, and some writers mimic his distinctive style. Vance can vividly describe worlds, … Continue reading

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Milford Writers’ Retreat Retrospective – by Jacey Bedford

Compare and contrast First we had susnshine And then like the rest of the country, we had snow. In fact we were subjected to the storm that became known as The Beast From the East. Gale force winds combined with … Continue reading

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Milford Writers’ Retreat 2018 – by Jacey Bedford

The Milford committee has kicked around the idea of a writers’ retreat before, but this year we finally got around to organising one when we received an email from Trigonos advertising their spare winter dates. There was an enticing six … Continue reading

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Let no one else’s work evade your eyes by Ben Jeapes

There are writers, would-be writers and wannabe writers. (There are also don’t-wannabe writers, which is fine and a perfectly valid lifestyle choice and they play no further part in this post.) Even though neither party has actually been published yet, … Continue reading

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Four things I learned from going to Milford by Al Robertson

Over the years, I’ve had a wonderful run of Milfords; I was lucky enough to read and critique some excellent stories, and to have my own stories deftly critiqued by a wide range of knowledgeable, thoughtful readers. I learned some … Continue reading

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