The topics we’ll be covering in 2015 Reply

online writing tips logoWant to know the sort of thing we’ll be covering in 2015? Well, our posts will be grouped into the 25 topics listed below. We won’t be doing these strictly in order, but selecting from the topics menu on the right will bring up the videos we’ve done so far in any chosen category (thus far, we haven’t done any, so save yourself a click!).

  1. Getting started
  2. Writing as communication
  3. Selecting your material
  4. Story and plot
  5. Elements of style
  6. Specific concrete detail
  7. Tense and Point of View
  8. Dialogue
  9. Characterisation
  10. Setting
  11. Description
  12. Story time and narrative time
  13. Common problems
  14. Pet hates
  15. Metaphor
  16. Subject and theme
  17. Endings
  18. Entertaining your readers
  19. Short fiction
  20. Novel writing – mastering the narrative
  21. Advanced stylistics
  22. Editing
  23. Grammar
  24. Punctuation
  25. Getting published

Meet our team Reply

DD Johnston 2013Onlinewritingtips.com was lovingly conceived by D.D. Johnston, whose first novel, Peace, Love, & Petrol Bombs, was a 2011 book of the year in The Sunday Herald. It has been recorded as an audio book for audible.com and translated into Spanish as Paz, amor y cócteles molotov. His second novel, The Deconstruction of Professor Thrub, was a 2013 book of the year in The Morning Star, where it was described as “determinedly extraordinary”. His third novel, a mystery suspense thriller, is anticipated in 2015. His short fiction has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and he has years of experience teaching Creative Writing – he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire where in 2013 his excellence as an educator was recognised with a University Teaching Fellowship.

lucy-tyler-headshotIn delivering onlinewritingtips.com, he’s supported by Lucy Tyler and Tyler Keevil. Lucy’s plays have been performed in London, Berlin, and New York. They include The Operators, which in summer 2011 ran in Washington to critical acclaim, and The Measurements of a Murderer, which has recently been anthologised in Scenes for a Diverse World. She founded Eleven Places Theatre Company, and is currently researching a book on the different methods used to develop new writing. She’ll be contributing a range of content, particularly focusing on narrative structure and dialogue.

Tyler KeevilTyler Keevil won the Readers’ Prize for Wales Book of the Year with successive novels. He won it for his debut novel, Fireball, and won it again for his second novel, The Drive. He has published short fiction in a variety of magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic – including New Welsh Review, On SpecTransmission, Brace, Staple, and Planet: The Welsh Internationalist – and 2014 saw the publication of his collected stories, Burrard Inlet. He has won many writing awards including, most recently, the $10,000 Journey Prize. He’ll be contributing advice in several different areas, particularly concerning getting published and submitting to agents and editors.

All three tutors are Senior lecturers  at the University of Gloucestershire, where they’ve helped to develop the most popular (in terms of student satisfaction) Creative Writing course in the UK. You can learn more about studying at the University of Gloucestershire via the official website or the UoG Creative Writing Blog.