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EXPLORE YOUR COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE HORIZONS IN 2013
Chosen as one of the top ten diaries for 2012 by the Independent, our new 2013 diary has the theme of ‘collaboration’ and includes creative ideas and exercises specially devised to help you break your writerly isolation and make contact with others, whether you want to share your work privately and quietly with a trusted writing friend, expose it to the rough-house rigour of a workshop, or join forces with like-minded authors. It has been produced in partnership with: Anam Cara, Circle of Misse, Cyprus Well, Faber Academy, Literature & Latte, Moniack Mhor, New Writing North, The Poetry School, Skyros, Tŷ Newydd and Writing West Midlands.
The sturdy user-friendly format has a rigid plastic outer cover, wiro binding, ribbon bookmark and stout elastic to keep extra papers secure. It measures 14cm x 18cm x 1.5cm.
It made me feel I was entering the New Year as part of a vibrant community of writers - Moniza Alvi
Our regular quotes by writers on writing include pearls of wisdom and writerly experience from the likes of Carol Ann Duffy, Lauren Child, Mavis Gallant, Shirley Hughes, Joanna Trollope and Rose Tremain. And our unique collection of 27 reading recommendations from top authors includes inspiring titles for your reading list from Malorie Blackman, Gillian Clarke, Marina Lewycka, Esi Edugyan, Kathleen Jamie, Esther Freud, Juliet McKenna and many more.
We've kept plenty of the ever-popular blank pages for scribblings, as well as a blank page opposite each week-to-view and pages to record your writing submissions and books lent and borrowed. All of this, as well as essential information on how collaboration could benefit your own writing life, a wide range of ways to break your isolation, a host of group writing exercises to be used as prompts throughout the year and Mslexia’s indispensible directory listing annual competitions and festivals.
The essential toolkit for the creative woman on the move.
The diary is available for £14.99, but if you subscribe to Mslexia you can still get the diary at last year's price of £12.99.
If you want to buy the perfect gift for the writer in your life (or add a little something special to your own Christmas list), you can subscribe to Mslexia for one year and buy the diary at the subscriber's price for a total of £40.49. To make the gift even more of a special treat, you can add a book or two:
First is The Journal of Katherine Mansfield (Persephone Books), a witty and ebullient insight into the mind of an author who grappled with depression and ill-health to put words on the page. Beautifully presented in Persephone’s trademark binding and endpapers, every paragraph is a gem. It’s yours for just £8.50 (RRP £12).
The other book you can add this year is The Twelve Poems of Christmas Vol. 4, selected and introduced by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy (Candlestick Press). It’s yours for just £3.50 (RRP £4.95).
WHAT WRITERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE DIARY
"Genuinely the best diary I've ever bought." - Jen Godbeer
"It makes me feel like a writer – and I no longer need to keep three separate notebooks in my handbag. There is nothing else like it on the market." - Lucienne Kim Flavell
"I love my Mslexia Writer’s Diary. I've bought one every year for years." - Jill Dawson
"It’s like a mini encyclopaedia for writers – full of inspiring advice, suggestions and information" - Laurie Armitage
"Every day I pick up my Mslexia writer's diary I'm reminded of what is most important to me." - Helen Farish
"It's the best diary ever for a writer." - Denise Barnes
"A very concrete affirmation of my commitment to give more time to my writing" - Amanda Geary
"I always love the diary – it doubles as a fascinating anthology of writers' tips and book recommendations." - Sophie Hannah
"It felt like a special treat. How many diaries feel like that?" - Sue Hepworth
"Your diary is excellent" - Adèle Geras
"I've had one every year except one (and that year I was REALLY lost) and just love it." - Jenna Wallace
"I find it terrifically inspiring and have it with me at all times. It's a real Nugget of Gold..." - Jane Shortall
- editing symbols and manuscript layout guide
- need-to-know directory of writers’ resources
- weekly inspiration and reading recommendations from top authors
- key dates in the literary year
- table for tracking your submissions
- section for recording books lent and borrowed
- A-Z telephone and email contacts
- week-to-view diary pages
- lots (and lots) of blank pages for your own notes