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Iâ€™m studying for an Open University degree in humanities. Last year I took the A215 Creative Writing course, which covers a wide range of written forms, including poetry, life writing and short stories. I learnt a lot, including:
I was delighted to have been the winner of the Theakstonâ€™s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festivalâ€™s 2009 Condense-a-Crime Classic Competition. This was my prize-winning, Twitter-sized summary of Agatha Christieâ€™s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd:
If only writing a novel could be so simple. But, as author Martyn Waites told me at the Festival, my earnings-per-word for those fifty words were a lot more than he got for his first book!