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The Launch Party: On Agents, Publishers, and Community

The Launch Party: On Agents, Publishers, and Community

Last July, I volunteered to co-edit the Bath Spa University MA Writing for Young People anthology with Irulan Horner. I don’t think either of us realized quite how much work we’d be doing, though we were warned. Over the last ten/eleven months, I’ve worked from afar extensively with our mail-out team, developed a website and social media strategy with Lindsay Schiro, and edited, edited, edited the little book that became Beautiful Lies. (Also, I’m going to humbly approach the #bragtable and mention that the title was my idea – based on a David Almond quote – and I am very proud of it.)

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Beautiful Lies Anthology Graphics

Beautiful Lies Anthology Graphics

As many of you probably know, for the past ten months I’ve been co-editing for Bath Spa University’s anthology, Beautiful Lies. Nineteen writers, nineteen stories for young people. We launch in London on 12 May, and while you’re reading this I’ll be landing in England. It’s exciting times!

One of the things I love to do is creating quote graphics. It’s a fun design exercise and an exciting way to visually explore creative writing. So when I sat down with Lindsay Schiro to brainstorm ideas for our social media team, I suggested we take a page from publishers’ social media–erm–books. Often publishers will post graphics featuring a few lines from a newly published book, to help raise interest.

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The Floating Lantern: Or, The Last Night

The Floating Lantern: Or, The Last Night

“Oh wait, I have a torch,” I said, and fished my flashlight out of my backpack.

The others rolled their eyes and switched off their phones as I clicked it on. We went through the gate onto the court’s grounds. The earth was uneven beneath our feet, and we stumbled, half-blind even with the flashlight.

The sun had finally set, though the glow from one city to the east and the village behind us kept the stars faint. On the hill to our left, the manor house formed a dark silhouette, a few golden lights on in the windows. The air pricked cold with coming autumn, and the post-turn-in fatigue that had been shrouding us all (especially me) lifted.…Continue Reading

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5 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Master’s in Creative Writing

5 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Master’s in Creative Writing

I’ve just completed my master’s degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and MAWYP has also just celebrated its 10th birthday. Yay!

Below are some of the questions I asked myself when I first started thinking about getting my master’s, and some of the questions (now that I’m at the end) I wish I would’ve asked.

I hope this post isn’t a running advertisement for BSU, but I am biased. Master’s programs are very different depending on where you go and who you’re with and what you want, so I only have my own (and my classmates’) experience to draw on.

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End MA: Or, the Students Become the Masters (But Still Use Clichés)

End MA: Or, the Students Become the Masters (But Still Use Clichés)

Today I turned in the last piece of work for my master’s program at Bath Spa University: The first 40K of my manuscript, Illuminate. So you can now address me as Master Hollingsworth. (That’s how this works, right?)

It’s insane that a little over a year ago (June 2013) I had my first inkling about Illuminate. I didn’t even start writing until this time last year. Now I have a complete draft, most of which has already been revised to some extent, with a little over 40K in [nearly]-final-draft stage! That’s pretty mad.

Master’s programs can be a mixed bag, but I honestly cannot complain about my experience with Bath Spa University’s Writing for Young People program. My professors…Continue Reading

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Things That Have Been Up and Stuff

Things That Have Been Up and Stuff

This is a general update blog post, so it’s going to be a bit random and short. Yay?

My friend Katherine came for a visit! We had many adventures, including but not limited to: Catching a train only because the staff held their car door open for us, performing period dances on the lawn at Chatsworth (Pemberley), exploring a plague village, and a bit of waltzing in the Assembly Rooms! (Katherine is my dance buddy and we took full advantage of this.)

I have been editing like a mad person. This will probably result in some revision-themed posts soon. I also have been brainstorming the Next Project! Trying to get into the habit of having more than one…Continue Reading

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LTAUS: The Sunset 100 Years Later

LTAUS: The Sunset 100 Years Later

Originally recorded on August 4, transcribed below. (Note: The recording cuts off because a lady came by walking her dog so I had to stop talking to myself.)

 

Where do I begin? How do I begin here, at your beginning?

Your country is beautiful. I’m watching it now—green and lush. The sun is setting, the grass golden and the flowers are white in the field. Crows and pigeons call to each other and fly from tree to tree. The cows graze. The whole neighborhood smells of manure, homely and thick.

This is your country, and it’s beautiful.

Is this what you fought for?

Is this who you fought for?

In the mud, and the gas, is this what you thought of?

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