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Morgen’s Online Courses

I teach creative writing at various locations around Northamptonshire, England and am now making my courses available online. The full details are listed on the Courses page but those available so far are…

Online only – three available to-date via Udemy, the other 12+ courses following July / August 2015:

*From July 7th, Udemy will no longer be offering courses for free to get my workbooks while you can! From that date they will go up to the minimum fee of £5 / c. $8, so still very reasonable. Do let me know if you enrol, and how you get on.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in writing, writing courses

 

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Welcome to my blog

Scroll down below this post for the latest item…

Morgen Oct 2014Hello and welcome. I’m Morgen Bailey, ‘Morgen With An E’, and I started this blog on 31st March 2011 with the intention of posting the occasional item about writing (pretty much my sole interest since 2005 which became my career March 2012) but it soon built to what it is today… 800+ interviews, 400+ author spotlights, 300+ guest blogs, 150+ Flash Fiction Fridays and batches of 6-word FFFs, and 100+ post-weekend poems… 3,300+ posts generating 200-800+ views a day, to-date 310,000+ hits. If you’d like to take part, please click here.

Apart from this blog, I run local (Northampton, UK) writing / I.T. courses and plan to have the equivalents online late June / early July 2015, so watch this space.

If it’s information you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place (or one of them anyway), there are competitionsreviews/reviewerssubmission info.writing 101 (tips), writing groups, how to create free book trailer videos and eBooks, as well as feedback, courses (which will be in person and online), you can take part in my online writing groups, go and buy books: other people’s and there’s an Ask Me facility if there’s anything you want to know about writing (I’ll try my best to help you). I also have Other stuff including Quotes and eNewspapers. If you’d like to know more about me, there’s my writingbooks: mine and Morgen With An ‘E’. If you’re looking for an editor, I offer that service (various levels) along with other facilities.

This blog’s usual schedule is (it can vary depending on content received)… Monday – poetry (when content available); Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); Friday – a <500-word flash fiction (when content available) or batch of 6-worders (the last Friday of the month); Saturday – a spotlight or guest post, which then leads for the weekend. Every weekday (6pm UK time), I also post writing exercises on / from the Online Writing Groups.

Forthcoming content

And now for the latest item (below)…

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in writing

 

The story parents neglect

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For fans of historical fiction…

Originally posted on The characterful writer:

Now available on Kindle and in paperback, Intrusion, Book 1 of this coming-of-age WWII trilogy.

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A Relative Invasion is set in 1937 to 1965. It has WW2 as a backdrop but it isn’t essentially a war story. It has a child narrator, but it isn’t written for children. I’ve attempted to reproduce in micro those very emotions which the frustrated, humiliated German nation experienced post WWI and which Hitler played upon. I’ve put them in the breast of Kenneth, an artistic, manipulative child, small for age and frail, when meeting his younger, stronger cousin. It’s this sturdy youngster, Billy, who is the innocent protagonist, suffering psychological bullying from his cousin, and physical bullying by his uncle. Intrusion starts the story as war in Europe threatens. Readers see how, in parallel, Billy’s predictable life will be threatened by Kenneth and a domestic war may begin.

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in writing

 

Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 2 July 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 641: Thursday 2nd July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

641 snail 891631Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: worst, worse, stable, humiliating, Atlantic
  2. Random: flying a solar plane
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Five Months

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 645: Thursday 2nd July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 1 July 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 640: Wednesday 1st July

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

640 seagulls on flight 911349Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: prize-winning, poison, Belgium, famous, allege
  2. Random: not specifically targeted
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Alive and well…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 644: Wednesday 1st July

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in writing, ideas, poetry, short stories, novels

 

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 30 June 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 639: Tuesday 30th June

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

639 ribbonTree 877334Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: charities, parents, restoring, extra, free
  2. Random: 270,000
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: A Waste of Money

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 643: Tuesday 30th June

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 29 June 2015

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 638: Monday 29th June

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

638 pumpkins 870086Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: five, couple, Benidorm, gone, just
  2. Random: a new TV series
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – someone is packing a case

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 642: Monday 29th June

Here are your four story exercises for today.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in writing, ideas, poetry, short stories

 

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