10 Ways to Write Like a Kid

Over the last five years we’ve run hundreds of writing workshops for both adults and kids. The adult ones tend to be a lot more sweary and the kids’ ones…

Write A Novel In 60 Minutes (for grownups!)

WRITE A NOVEL IN 60 MINUTES (FOR GROWNUPS)A WHISTLESTOP TOUR OF STORYTELLINGA grownup version of our kids’ workshop to help you plot your very own story. Cos we’re all storytellers…

WRITING HACK: Harvesting Kids’ Ideas

Writing is theft. We steal mannerisms and snippets of dialogue and memories and life experiences all the time. It’s what we DO. And you know where the very richest seam…

How to Write in 30 Second Bursts

No time, no motivation, no muse, no brain, no writing, blahhhhh mehhhh ughhhh etc. Fuck that. None of us have time. Motivation is self-propellant. The muse is a slippery bitch.…

5 Reasons Why Leeds Is The Place To Be For Writers

Yup, you heard right. Writers’ HQ are fiiiiiinally bringing their whoop-ass writers’ retreat (wh)oop North, starting with Lovely Literary LEEDS. Wanna know why? ’Appen as not an mebbe*, we hear…

Where Are The Working Class Writers?

I read my first Roald Dahl book, The BFG, to my daughter at the age of twenty-seven. Although I was a keen reader from the age of three, we didn’t…

On Anger and How to Write Through It

There is no path to change that doesn’t come through some form of anger. Despite its taboo perception as a ‘negative’ emotion, anger is a fire that, when wielded correctly,…

How Not To Write A Novel #2

Uggghhh so it turns out writing a novel is, like, super freakin’ hard? And, like, you actually spend a massive proportion of your writing time, like, NOT writing? Right? Well,…

31 Days Of Summer Writing

Summertiiiimeeeeee, and the weather is distracting. And there’s lots of cool things to do. And the kids are on holiday. And you don’t want to be at work because it’s…

Break Through the (Writing) Blockage

Frustrated af with your writing? Stuck? Hit a wall? Feeling totally meh about the whole thing? Looking for a way out of the world of sticky writing blockages? (ew) Ok, how’s…

Flash Face Off Writing Challenge

FLASH FACE OFF: A WEEKLY WRITING CHALLENGEWRITE, READ, AND EXCHANGE FEEDBACK WITH OUR AMAZING COMMUNITYPLUS the opportunity to read your story live at our online event! BAG YOUR PLACE AT…

Ask Us Anything with Sarah and Jo

Don’t go mad with boredom during the coronavirus stuck-at-home period. Let us entertain your kids (and you) for an hour or so with Write A Novel In 60 Minutes.

WHQ Open Mic Night

Don’t go mad with boredom during the coronavirus stuck-at-home period. Let us entertain your kids (and you) for an hour or so with Write A Novel In 60 Minutes.

Bedtime Stories From the Mountain

Bedtime stories from the mountain for anyone who needs a bit of gentle soothing. Readings from Rilke’s The Hours every night from Monday 30 March

Coronavirus Lockdown Writing Resources

UGHHH CORONAVIRUS! *SHAKES FIST AT UNIVERSE* SUPPORT, ADVICE, AND COMMUNITY FOR WRITERS (BACK) IN LOCKDOWN. Help support marginalised and struggling writers during this particular apocalypseFIND OUT ABOUT DONATINGLockdown 2: the…

Conversations Underwater

Conversations Underwater By Sigrid Daniel We’d been in Manchester at a festival and someone we’d had lunch with had been talking about Weinstein and I wondered if I should refer…

Pep & Prompt #10: Do More By Doing Less

Hey there, writerface! This week’s Pep & Prompt is lovingly borrowed from our procrastination-smashing mini course: 14 Days to a Solid Writing Habit – access anytime with a WHQ membership! Have…

Get in the writing ZONE

Ahhh ‘the zone’. That mystical plane of existence in which the words flow and inspiration is channeled directly into our brains and we become mere vessels for unbounded creativity and…

WRITING EXERCISE: Location, location, location

The ability to transport yourself into a fictional location is pretty vital for a writer. But it ain’t easy. Describing imaginary places and spaces so a reader can vividly visualise…

Writing Lessons From Groundhog Day

Well hey there. Who’s ready for some tough talk about how setting yourself up for failure can be one of the most helpful approaches to writing? Yes! Failure! One of…

The Story Genius of Moana

If you’ve got (or have ever had) small children in the house, it’s likely you’ve watched and re-watched your fair share of animated movies, possibly to the point where you…
writing exercise overheard voices

WRITING EXERCISE: Overheard Voices

Dialogue! One writer’s bane, another’s best friend. Some characters are naturally chatty while others find it hard to string a sentence together. And do they always say what they actually…
turn a day out into a story

Turn A Day Out Into A Story

This one goes out to all my parental homies wrangling ankle-biters and grouchy tweens and hyperactive screen-addicted little womb-fruits over the summer holidays (and, like every day). Chances are HIGH…

Knit and Natter

Knit and Natter By Sara Hodgkinson The warmth of Lakeside Cafe washes over me and I wrestle with my scarf to free my neck. It loathes me to flash my…

S.H.I.T (She. Him. I. Them.)

S.H.I.T. (She. Him. I. Them.) By Tallulah Harvey In a rattling car my mum told me that she hoped none of her kids were gay. With a childhood full of…
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WRITING EXERCISE: Forbidden words

  For today’s exercise, writing is hereby FORBIDDEN. Wait, what? Only kidding. But what would you do if fiction was illegal? What would you do if you were no longer allowed to…

Storycraft #4: Suplots Ahoy

Wait a second… Dealing with the main plot is a big enough pain in the arse, and now we have to worry about subplots, too?! Uh huh, pull up your…
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