Wednesday, 30 January 2008


Great afternoon. I spent most of it in the excellent company of writers from the Lower Sixth at Brighton College, a local Independent School.

What a buzzy, mature bunch they were. Incisive, focused, sharp as razors. An impressive group of young people.

We talked about the processes of creating fiction, about commercial versus literary writing, about 'why' they wrote (and they all knew with no prevarication). They showered me with questions, and there just wasn't time to do as much as Id have liked!

But we did do a little flash writing.

So hopefully they have a useful tool in their writers' toolbox for beating blocks and silly voices that say "you can't write THAT!"

They are editing the internal school magazine, running a short story competition, and I'm delighted to be judging.

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