Paws for Thought

Paws For Thought: 27 Tail Thumping stories

Last year, Keith & Sharon Boothroyd, a husband and wife team from West Yorkshire, launched a project to help raise funds for the RSPCA.

It's an e-book anthology called Paws For Thought.

There's a wide selection of short stories – from ghost, crime and twist in tales, to the light- hearted and upbeat. And of course, there are stories that feature animals.

All income raised from kindle sales of Paws For Thought will be donated to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch.

Paws for Thought

As our e-book is a charity anthology, we have a variety of work from published top short story magazine writers, including: Pasty Collins, Fran Tracey, Tara Westgate, Alan Williams, Beatrice Charles and Jacqui Cooper.


Key Dates

Man Booker Prize 2019

24th July 2019  
3rd September 2019  
14th October 2019

Start a Creative Writing Class: How to set up, run and teach a successful class...

Start a Creative Writing Class: How to set up, run and teach a successful class...
by Helen Yendall

Are you a writer who also wants to teach the craft of writing? 

Do you want to supplement your income, get away from your desk, challenge yourself, meet new people and have some fun along the way? 

‘Start a Creative Writing Class’ is a practical guide for writers, teachers and would-be teachers. It focuses on the nuts and bolts of setting up a writing class for adults (ie: post 16-year olds), covering everything from finding a venue and arranging insurance, to marketing the class and giving feedback on your students’ work. 

There’s also plenty of advice on dealing with students and ideas of what (and how) to teach. You should also find it useful if you work for a college or school as a creative writing teacher, or if you’d like to run workshops for writers’ groups or festivals, or even if you plan to start a writers' group. 

‘Start a Creative Writing Class’ covers the follow topics (and much more!)

Why Teach Creative Writing? – the benefits for you and your students 
Setting Up a Class – your USP, market research, pricing, promotion, finding a venue 
Teaching Tips – qualifications & training, getting experience, what makes a good teacher? 
Learning Styles – the different types of learners 
The First Class – getting off to a great start 
Running the Class – giving feedback, handling homework 
Managing Students – troubleshooting, protecting your own writing time 
What to Teach – tips and ideas for lesson content 
Writing Prompts – 100 x 5 minute exercises 
Ice Breakers – some warm-up ideas for the class 

What readers say about 'Start a Creative Writing Class': 

"Easy to read and packed full of great advice." 

"full of information and ideas and a true guide for an aspiring teacher. "

"All the things I worried about, Helen has thankfully covered! Which gives me more confidence to set up a class."

Start a Creative Writing Class

About Helen: 

Helen Yendall lives in the English Cotswolds and writes mainly short fiction. She's had hundreds of stories published in magazines and is now working on her first novel. 
She started teaching creative writing in 2009, when she acquired an adult evening class more by luck than judgement. Since then, she’s honed her skills, taught hundreds of classes and workshops and set up and run her own writing class in Gloucestershire.  

She has the PTTLS (City & Guilds) qualification to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector, a certificate in Creative Writing from Birmingham University and prior to becoming a writer and tutor, worked for many years in marketing. She now runs a bi-monthly writing class for seniors in Stratford-on-Avon, which she thoroughly enjoys. 

Making Life Easy...

It is now a little easier to send an entry and to vote.

No more completing forms and uploading files!

To send your Drabble entry, simply copy & paste into the body of an email to us HERE

To cast a vote, simply email us HERE with the  Story# and Title in the email

Drabble #4

Send your 100-word story in the body of an email - click HERE

Open for entries Now
Closing Date 30th April 2019 at 20:30

Entries in so far (updated as entries received) -

I Found it on Cyprus: Victory
Waiting for a Kiss
Don't Always Believe Your Eyes
The Fall
The Truth (for want of a better title)
Spaced Out
Flight of Fantasy
No Sweet Corn, Thanks
Mother's Days
Composing a Story of My Life
A Story Only Time Could Remember
Pest Control
The Unknown
I Have No Face
Boy Racers
There Will Be No Headstone
Dear Millie
The Light of a Goddess
Fear Against the World
Irreconcilable Differences
Last(ing) (W)rites
Five Tears
Terms and Conditions

Voting on Drabble #3

Story #22 is in the lead
Story #44 is in 2nd
Story #7 is in 3rd
Story #29 & Story 77 are joint 4th...

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