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Christopher Fowler
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The steps between thoughts must be cut shallow to travel. Several years ago I ran a free writing course, some of it I posted here. Although I have taught before I have no formal qualifications to teach, so I should probably shut up. Still, I thought I might periodically add writing thoughts and notes on the blog for those who've developed an interest during the pandemic. Having done my fair share…
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Christopher Fowler
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Reading & Writing
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To be clear, a written anthology is a set of stories by different authors, often on a common theme. A collection is a set of stories by one author. Some publishers still get the distinction wrong on their covers. The advantage of producing a collection is obvious; the reader gets a kaleidoscopic view of the author's mind - see 'Not the End of the World' by Kate Atkinson*, a set of 12 stories that…
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Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
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By winning the Oscar for Best Picture, Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape Of Water shifted the status of outsiders to the inside. Its liberal credentials are revealed in a variety of ways, from the fully fleshed out key roles taken by a voiceless woman, a middle-aged gay man and a black cleaning woman to the setting of a Cold War America ruled by thugs, but it keeps its agenda backgrounded, allowing…
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