Category: 2013

  • Sitcom collaborations – Keith Lindsay

      Keith Lindsay has very kindly written a guest post for us. Keith is a TV comedy writing veteran. He has worked on projects including Birds of  Feather, Green, Green Grass, TV sketch shows and he has also written for stand-ups. Keith’s thoughts on sitcom collaborations To be perfectly honest all Situation Comedy is collaboration; yes there’s […]

  • Notttingham Festival of Words – running our collaborative writing workshop

    We’ve run our collaborative writing workshop a few times now, so we were looking forward to its first outing of 2013 at Nottingham’s first Festival of Words. There was a system of pre-booking, so we asked the day before how many people had booked onto our workshop. Two, they said, and one of those hadn’t […]

  • 6 and a half collaborative novels worth knowing

    `From the best to  the worst, to the most magical collaborations to the most underhandedly devious, here are 6 (and a half) co-authored books that you ought to read (or know to avoid!) Good Omens A 1990 book, co-written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, in which the Antichrist is a scabby-kneed scamp in […]

  • What are you bringing to the party?

    An extract from “How To Write A Collaborative Novel” by Heide Goody and Iain Grant – published by Pigeon Park Press in 2013 Have you ever been at a party or other social situation and spoken to a married couple who seem bizarrely mismatched? The kind of marriage that seems horribly one-sided? Have you, once […]

  • Getting to know your co-writer

    An excerpt from ‘How To Write A Collaborative Novel’ by Heide Goody and Iain Grant, to be published by Pigeon Park Press in 2013. You’ve found someone who has the time, inclination and ability to collaborate with you. It’s celebration time! Mission accomplished. What’s stopping you from starting right away? Well, just stop and think […]

  • ‘Stories in Winter’ reviewed

    Stories in Winter on 30th January was a second great success for Pigeon Park Press’s programme of spoken word events. However, why should we tell you how fantastic it was when we can let other people do it for us? UoB Blogfest said: “…a rich and varied bill kept a full house for the duration […]

  • Are you collaborating with the right person?

    An excerpt from ‘How To Write A Collaborative Novel’ by Heide Goody and Iain Grant If you’ve found a candidate for your collaborative endeavour, what aspects should you examine before you leap into a project? Think about who they are and what they do. Get some understanding of these, and then compare with who you […]

  • Finding a writing partner

    You need to find someone who not only wants to write, but wants to write collaboratively with you. If you’re planning to split the writing in an even way, then they should be matched with you in terms of ability, experience, and perhaps some other ways that we’ll explore later. By the way, for the […]

  • Pigeon Park Press to host Sitcom Writing Workshop

      Pigeon Park Press will be hosting an exciting one-off workshop. “Comedy and Other ‘C’ Words – How to Write a Sitcom” Keith R Lindsay will be running the workshop, bringing years of accumulated wisdom. He has written for on Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses and The Green, Green Grass. He has […]

  • Full Fathom Five – What can it teach us?

    I recently ran a short story project with the members of Birmingham Writers Group. The concept was pretty much identical to Ten To One but it was a short story (12,000 words) called Full Fathom Five. In Full Fathom Five, five people each handled a character apiece and wrote in chapters of approx. 500 words. […]