Writing Workshop with Peter McAllister: Writing For Competition

Discover and perfect your writer’s voice, and build your writing confidence and portfolio with our Writer in Residence Peter McAllister.18+

Venue: Liskeard Library

Date: Sat 17th Aug | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Discover and perfect your writer’s voice, and build your writing confidence and portfolio with our Writer in Residence Peter McAllister.18+

Competitions are an important tool we can use to help nurture our writing skills and profile. But how and why should we approach them?

You may be looking to better structure your writing practice, gain industry/reader exposure, win an award or perhaps even go viral. You might be hoping to attract an agent, publisher or mentor. Writing for competition can help you get closer to all of these goals. In this workshop, whether a seasoned writer or complete beginner, you’ll learn how best to leverage competitions and the writing you produce for them by:

  • Exploring the importance of writing competitions
  • Considering what different competitions are looking for
  • Gaining insight into how other writers plan for and enter competitions
  • Drafting an entry for a competition of your choosing
  • Learning about the Liskeard Library Creative Writing Competition

You’ll write lots on this workshop and read anything aloud that you’d like to (no pressure if you’d rather not). Should you wish, you’ll receive positive, constructive feedback on your work and will leave with a better understanding of the important role competitions can play in your writing. You’ll also develop a framework/strategy to funnel your own competition entries through.

The Liskeard Library Creative Writing Competition closes for general entries in July 2024, however attendees of this session will – as part of the cost of their workshop – be allowed to submit one entry for judging. As a result, you may see your work distributed within the library and be paid for it too.

Session is for 18yrs +

About Your Tutor

Peter McAllister studied English Literature at The University of Cambridge and was awarded a Distinction for his MA in Creative Writing. He is the editor and co-founder of Inkfish Magazine and a committee member for the Penzance Literary Festival. With more than a decade of experience coaching creative professionals and students, Peter is proud to be helping Liskeard writers improve their skills in his role as our Inaugural Writer in Residence.

Peter’s writing blurs the boundary between novel and short story collection; it builds layers of characterisation through linked pieces that result in profound moments of self-realisation and/or dramatic action. He was shortlisted in the Hammond House International Literary Prize and the Ironclad Creative Awards in 2023. His short stories and poems have appeared online, in print journals and in numerous anthologies and his debut book is slated for publication in 2024.