How do you work?

In this pack:

  • Jenny Offill on method
  • Eimear McBride’s method
  • Bregje Hofstede & Moto Shibata’s methods
  • Digital tools to help your writing
Our second package of writing resources focuses on METHOD, drawing on insight and tips from a stellar line-up of writers.
From the wonderful Eimear McBride’s love of the unplanned, to my colleague Simon Jones’ structured digital toolkit, we explore how every writer has a particular method for getting the words onto the page. Dutch writer Bregje Hofstede and Japanese translator Motoyuki Shibata, two of our recent writers in residence, talk to our Programme Director Peggy Hughes about their particular styles of work and sources of inspiration.
Our hugely exciting final piece is an exclusive by Jenny Offill, who has written a meditation on isolation, inspiration and how her reading and listening choices motivated the creation of her new book Weather. You’ll find it a poignant nod to the globally uncertain times in which we’ve all found ourselves.
If Eimear’s insight on characters being a driving force resonates with you make sure you come back next time, when we’ll be dedicating the whole pack to just that subject. Join the newsletter at the bottom of the page and we’ll let you know when it’s out.
Laura Stimson,
National Centre for Writing,
March 2020
Laura Stimson has worked with National Centre for Writing since 2007. She has managed the Escalator Literature and Common People mentoring schemes amongst others. She is currently managing the Early Career Awards. Laura has appeared on BBC Radio 4 and has recorded vocals for poet Luke Wright. She won the 2015 Word & Women Prize and is represented by Blake Friedmann Agency.

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