Finally pulled a few of my short stories together over Christmas. Hauled the old box out and scanned some in. I wrote them at a creative writing class at RAAC - Richmond Adult Community College. The main attraction was the creche for baby and the opportunity to get some of my 'baby-brain' back to function mode.
A review for Starfish from the late, great Michael Legat, publisher and short story competition judge, was the first encouragement I received outside the class. "The writing has that quality which is to be found in good poetry of stirring the reader's memories and emotions so that they get added in and increase its effect. I wonder if you can produce more work of this standard and charm - a volume perhaps rather in the manner of Laurie Lee. Outstanding." There were no outlets for short stories at the time. The rule was, if you wanted to get published you had to write a novel. The exception in the UK being Helen Simpson who publishes the best short story collections ever. Because she's so brilliant. But now ebooks have arrived short stories - shorts - have had an injection of life outside the competition circuit.
I'd recommend a beginner's creative writing class to anyone, that half-day was the highlight of my week for 3 years. Classmates became friends and the seriously ambitious amongst us set up a small critique group. It's been going for 10 years now. We've all been through highs and lows, we still critique each others' work and the book deal parties are still coming in. There's another one next week. More about that soon.
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