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Looking for a creative writing course in Ireland?

May 20, 2015
I can hardly believe that my Professional Writing MA, (through Falmouth University, Cornwall, UK), is hurtling towards the final major project. I'm currently working on my penultimate assignment, part of which involves researching one specific area of writing.

My choice - looking at the role of residential writing tutor. In particular I want to find out if mainstream publishing credits are a pre-requisite to secure this kind of work.

It's not easy to find experts willing to take some time to chat with us pesky students, but those who do make it worth the effort. 

 Stunning Ireland

A couple of weeks ago I had a useful telephone chat with Irene Graham, founder of The Creative Writer's Workshop in Ireland. Irene organises and runs dozens of courses and related writing opportunities, incorporating an innovative approach to fiction and memoir based on left brain-right brain techniques.

If you're interested in writing I strongly recommend you check out her website for more details on the varied opportunities for self-development.



 

How to cool a cake without a wire rack - expat style

May 7, 2015
I don't know whether 'ordinary expats' in South Korea are so good at thinking outside the box because they have to, or if it's that life in a foreign country appeals more to quick thinking folk, but either way a few weeks ago I was involved in a Facebook thread that reminded me how useful social media can be, and how smart the foreign peeps here are.

It started with an urgent cry for help on a Korea based cooking page - someone had a cake in the oven and no rack to cool it. What to do?

Within n...

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The revolving door: a sad fact of life in a foreign country

January 31, 2015
As if wintering in chilly South Korea isn't punishment enough, being around in January and February means having to say goodbye to those folk who are moving on. Some have made the choice to go, others haven't - it can be sudden and shocking news, or the culmination of a decision that's been aired and discussed to death on your Facebook page for months. 

However it goes down one thing is constant - the sadness at waving off another familiar face and hoping that just maybe you'll get to see them...
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A few changes

January 9, 2015
A quick note to say that I am in the process of migrating this blog section to a new service provider. Yola no longer offer the blog option so it makes sense to start 2015 with more focus.

I am currently laid up with a sudden and severe back problem which makes being at the PC a little difficult.

Hoping to have a new look for readers by the end of January.

P.S. The good news is my new book is out. That will be my first post topic on the new section.
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Dina Porell, author - longlist finalist in Golden BaoBab's Prizes for Literature competiton

September 28, 2014
I have always been a major bookworm, and can't imagine life without a dozen paperbacks hanging around, just waiting to be read. As a child going to the library was part of our weekly routine, and I learned a lot about other cultures through my appetite for words and stories.

Considering this I was more than happy to learn about Golden Baobab, an organisation whose strapline 'Inspiring African Children's Literature' clearly reflects their mission: to fill bookshelves and stores around the world...
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Part 3 - the last of the links to unique and must read blogs from my MA Professional Writing peers.

September 20, 2014
I need to write this post today. Not only because it will take my mind of the itching that's driving me mad, though that's a bonus. (The itching is caused by meds I need to take after having dental surgery a few days ago. It was bad enough when they made me stupid and sleepy, now add hive-ridden to that list!)

Having lost most of Saturday to the sleep monster I need to feel inspired, awed, and motivated, three things that are guaranteed when I delve into the minds of my fabulous MA writing pee...

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MA Professional Writing - more about my fabulous peers

September 17, 2014
I'm an active member of several Facebook groups, but the one I love the most is the magical space carved out by (all but one) of my MA cohorts. It's crammed full of creative ideas, information on all sorts of stuff and lots of fun.

We are currently hurting towards another deadline, having worked all summer on creating or enhancing an online brand/identity, and the standard of work being produced is inspiring. In a previous post I linked to three of the websites my peers have created, and now I...

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MA Professional Writing - showcasing my talented peers (part 1)

September 13, 2014
Ever heard the saying 'you don't know what you don't know until you learn about what you didn't know and then you know that you know it'?

Perhaps not, considering it hardly trips off the tongue.Still, as someone who has spent most of her working life learning on the job I really appreciate the concept. It's this that drives me to strengthen my knowledge base, to improve on whatever I do alongside actually doing it.

That's why I signed up for an MA in Professional Writing through the University ...
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Pictures from summer in the UK

August 31, 2014
Tomorrow I return to work after the usual long break between the spring and autumn semesters.) I am always excited about meeting new students and getting back into a routine, but not so keen on the prospect of cooler weather ahead.

When memories of my fabulous six weeks in the UK start to fade I'll be coming back to this post. It will remind me just how lucky I am to have amazing friends and family on both sides of the world.

Food: because it's a treat to eat things I don't usually see

 Costa Co...

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Re-entering orbit - things I'd forgotten about Korea

August 13, 2014
Six weeks. Less than 50 days spent out of South Korea and it feels like I have been away more like six years!

Here are just a few of the things that I'd forgotten about while I was away:
  • the toilet is way low. The sinks in the bathroom and kitchen are the same. I need a strategy to avoid the backache that washing dishes brings on.
  • I can't flush loo paper. (Mind, I spent the first few days in the UK fishing it out of people's bathroom bin so this will feel normal again pretty soon.)
  • people tend to...

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Valerie Ann Hamer Global nomad, writer, teacher

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