The Write Life
Writers on Writing

Clare Morris hosts nonfiction essays on the writing life.

The Great Pretender by Greg Michaelson

Edinburgh-based novelist, Greg Michaelson explores one of our worst fears as writers: that our writing isn’t original

The Art of Attention – Where Poetry and Mindfulness Intersect by Daragh Byrne

Poet and Convener of The Sydney Poetry Lounge, Daragh Byrne explores the value of mindfulness in writing poetry, 'using the flawed tool of language.'

Police State by Don Krieger

Don Krieger's careful interrogation of the data is unsettling in its pursuit of truth.

Shoulder To Shoulder by Ada Wofford

Ada Wofford discusses DeLillo's 'Pafko at the Wall' and the abiding romance of sports culture

The Mediated Art by Adrian Salmon

Poet and former choral scholar, Adrian Salmon continues the debate about the relationship between poetry and music.

Devouring Riches by Rose Mary Boehm

Novelist and poet, Rose Mary Boehm discusses her life and craft with engaging candour.

Sunday Lunch with the Lawrences at Kiowa by Michael Paul Hogan

Poet, journalist, fiction writer and literary essayist, Michael Paul Hogan takes us to Kiowa Ranch, New Mexico in 1925 and a question asked of the host that has significance for us all.

Coming to Terms with Trying to Make Your Name by Sarah Leavesley

Poet. film-maker and essayist, Sarah Leavesley, with characteristic inventive vitality, tackles the perennial problem of writing a suitable author biography.

Travel Is A State Of Mind by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Sophia Kouidou-Giles translates the work of Karina Ioannidou which takes us on a boat trip tour of the peninsula that is far more perilous than first thought

This Writing Expedition by Eimear Murphy

Eimear Murphy's engaging, moving memoir explores why writing is so central to her life

Is Poetry a Branch of Music? by Dominic Fisher

Award-winning poet and regular contributor to The Write Life, Dominic Fisher explores key links between music and poetry

The Last Laugh by Kieran Devaney

Writer and journalist, Kieran Devaney remembers his friend, the sculptor Eamonn O'Doherty, and his unerring ability always to have the last laugh.

Glitches by K. M. Huber

Writer and teacher, K. M. Huber recalls a nerve-jangling incident from her time teaching in Lima and shows how the past can sometimes simply walk through the door

Alchemical Salad by Dominic Fisher

Dominic Fisher offers readers a delightful mix of wry humour, perceptive poetry criticism and pertinent gardening tips as he engages in conversation with visiting poets.

Tsundoku and the Art of Infinite Reading by Michael Paul Hogan

Michael Paul Hogan deftly summarises both the joy and the torment in our love of books

Green Horses on the Walls by Cristina A. Bejan

Historian, theatre artist and poet, Cristina A Began explores the background to her poetry and explains what she hopes it will achieve in the future

Poetic Insights by Mike Smith

Poet, playwright and short story writer, Mike Smith tackles the tricky subject of poetic form

Sweet Messages by Marilyn June Janson

Writer and teacher, Marilyn June Janson explains how Autumn is a time rich in memory for her in this moving piece of short form prose.

Poet As Prophet by Mary Oishi

Mary Oishi, Albuquerque Poet Laureate, speaks from the heart about the power of poetry to pull people 'back from the abyss'.

One Take on the 2020 Virtual Political Conventions by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Poet, writer and translator, Sophia Kouidou-Giles reflects on this year's virtual political conventions in the USA and offers her personal response

My Other Car’s A Garret by K.M. Elkes

Award-winning writer, K.M. Elkes suggests it is time to ditch 'the pernicious myth of the lonely writer'

Show Me How by Clare Morris

Clare Morris, Editor of The Write Life, explores the implications of Ofqual's recent decision that poetry should no longer be a compulsory requirement for GCSE English Literature examinations in England.

A Quarter On The Coffee Shop Floor by Kevin Kling

Storyteller, author and playwright, Kevin Kling reflects movingly on the power of love when facing the frustrations of everyday life, living with a disability

The Poetry of Books by Tracy Gaughan

Writer, poet and editor, Tracy Gaughan explores the wonder of books and the poetry they offer.

Coping With Criticism by Melissa Todd

Writer, performer, director and editor, Melissa Todd offers practical advice about how to deal with criticism productively in this engaging article.

An Ocean Away by Gail Harrington

Travel writer and journalist, Gail Harrington explains why life in Rosses Point, Sligo provides a welcome escape from any nightmare.

Asking something from our words by Sandra Renew

Poet Sandra Renew reflects on the power of words in this engaging piece of short form prose.

Are Memoirists Psychological Refugees? by Sophia Kouidou-Giles

Writer, poet and translator, Sophia Kouidou-Giles reflects on the challenges facing memoir writers, drawing compelling evidence from her own experience.

Edging Towards Competence by Mike Smith

Writer and poet, Mike Smith, explores the significance of a story's ending and discusses why we sometimes need to state the obvious.

Love – Omani style by Sandra Arnold

Award-winning writer, Sandra Arnold, recalls being a guest at an Omani wedding .

Our House by Melissa St Pierre

Teacher and writer, Melissa St Pierre explains how a house becomes a home through one significant addition.

The Sounds of Silence by Ysella Sims

Writer and poet, Ysella Sims explores the complexities of our relationship with built and natural environments.

The Glass House by Don Krieger

Writer and poet, Don Krieger considers the strangeness of silence in this piece of flash non-fiction.

Roads Not Yet Taken by Nigel Jarrett

Award-winning writer and ex-journalist, Nigel Jarrett muses on the impact of changes to county boundaries and names, as we move from lockdown to 'some semblance of the old normality.'

Lindy And Keli by Antonia Hildebrand

Poet, novelist and essayist, Antonia Hildebrand explores two of the most remarkable court cases in Australian legal history.

Dying For A Drink In Ireland by Kieran Devaney

Writer, journalist and broadcaster, Kieran Devaney explores the inventive steps people will take to make sure they are never short of a drink in Ireland.

Raw peas and cider with Dylan Thomas by Dominic Fisher

In the fifth of his occasional series, poet and gardener, Dominic Fisher welcomes another visitor to his allotment, the poet, Dylan Thomas

Learning to Read Comics by Ada Wofford

Writer, critic and musician, Ada Wofford explores how we read graphic novels and focuses on Scott McCloud's 'Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.'

The Bells Of Hagia Sophia Toll by Sophia Kouidou-Giles and Karina Ioannidou

Translator and writer, Sophia Kouidou-Giles shares her translation of an excerpt from Karina Ioannidou's compelling play 'The Bells of Hagia Sophia Toll.'

Welcome To Your New World Course by Sally Gander

Writer and lecturer, Sally Gander, with characteristic wry humour., takes us through her New Word Course, designed to meet the challenge of the lockdown.

Writing Our Way Through Lockdown by Alison Jones

Writer and teacher, Alison Jones explores the impact the lockdown has had on her teaching team, and explains why teachers should always be regarded as writers.

The Next Step by Clare Morris

In the first of an occasional series, Clare Morris discusses how we develop our craft as writers and introduces pieces by Margaret Kiernan and Mark Bayliss.

Shared Language by Stacey Curran

Award-winning journalist and teacher, Stacey Curran recalls how her husband's traumatic visit to the hospital ended in laughter and friendship, supported by the international language of sport.

Are We Doing Our Best? by Terry Barr

Essayist Terry Barr wonders whether we really are doing our best.

A Last Truth in Springtime by Mike Smith

Poet and writer, Mike Smith explores a Giovanni Verga story and discusses what is meant by the term 'novella'.

Left Hand Path by Delia Pring

Writer and artist, Delia Pring shares her experience of being a left-handed writer in this compelling memoir.

Cycles of Creativity by Melissa Todd

Writer and director, Melissa Todd explains how you need to listen to your body if you want to be creative.

Behind the Scenes by Emma Lee

The Blue Nib's Reviews Editor, Emma Lee explains the processes involved in selecting, writing and producing reviews.

So Near, So Far (an introduction to Eliza Lynn Linton) -by Mike Smith

Mike Smith on Eliza Lynn Linton who was the first female salaried journalist in Britain, and the author of over 20 novels.

Jesus in the Tree, essay by Diana Powell

Diana Powell on why what a writer knows can be found in the most surprising details of a story

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