September 2019 Workshop


Do you live in Edinburgh? Do you love reading books by authors such as Phillipa Gregory or Bernard Cromwell. Have you ever fancied the idea of writing historical fiction?

I will be running an adult morning workshop:

WHERE: Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh City, Scotland

WHEN: Friday 27th September 2019 at 10.00 am to 12.30pm

The FREE workshop will cover how to research effectively when writing a story set in the past. Why it is so important to keep certain historical facts accurate within a fictional realm, plus how to find an interesting new angle or viewpoint to write about. There are also short practical exercises to help spark a creative flow.

Please contact me, Carla Acheson, if you have any questions regarding this workshop or further information can be obtained by contacting the library itself.

New Creative Writing Workshop in Edinburgh

Just a quick little post to let people know that I am running a Creative Writing Group adult workshop at Stockbridge Library, Edinburgh, at the end of each month. The workshop starts at 10:30 to 12:00 and is completely free of charge.

Each month the group will focus on a different element in fiction writing. For more information please contact the library to register your interest.


10 Things an Author Never Wants to Hear

1) From a Friend:

“Wow, that’s excellent! I can’t wait to read your book. Please bring along a copy next time we have coffee.”

2) From an Agent:

“They really liked your book, it just wasn’t the right “fit” for them.”

3) From a Husband/Wife:

“I did read it. I got the draft you sent via email.”

“What was your favourite part?”

“Erm.. the bit where the character died.”

“No character died in the book.”

4) From a Brother/Sister:

“You’ll never make any money out of it, why are you bothering?”

5) From a Reader:

“I absolutely LOVED your book.”

“Do you mind leaving a review online?”

‘“Oh I don’t know how to do that, sorry..”


6) From a Best Friend:

“I loved your first draft.”

“Did you spot anything wrong with it?”

“No its great! You’ll sell looooads of copies,”

7). From an Editor:

“I suggest an entire re-write. Better still, start again.  And change the genre.”

8). From an Amazon Reviewer:

“This book was rubbish” – 1 Star

9) From another Amazon Reviewer:

“I totally freaking loved this book!!” – 2 stars.

10) From yet another Amazon Reviewer:

“ Yadda yadda, yadda… long excellent review... however, this isn’t the genre I normally read.” – 1 Star

If you’re an author and you don’t agree… you’re not an author. 🙂

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