TIH 080: V. H. Leslie on Writing Residencies, The Benefits of Writers’ Retreats and Writing Routine

TIH 080 V. H. Leslie on Writing Residencies, The Benefits of Writers' Retreats and Writing Routine

In this podcast V. H. Leslie talks about writing retreats, gender, writing routine and much more. 

About V. H. Leslie

V. H. Leslie’s first book, Skein and Bone, a collection of strange and supernatural tales, was released by Undertow Publications in July 2015. V. H. Leslie’s stories have appeared in a range of speculative publications, including Black Static, Interzone, Shadows & Tall Trees, Weird Fiction Review and Strange Tales IV and have been reprinted in a range of “Year’s Best” anthologies. She is a Hawthornden Fellow and was awarded a place at the Saari Institute in Finland, where she worked on her forthcoming novel concerning various strands of Nordic myth and folklore. She was the winner of the Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013 and a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award in the category of novelette. When Victoria isn’t writing, she is drawing or etching and is a member of the Omega Printmakers. Her debut novel, Bodies of Water, is due out in May 2016.

Show notes

  • [01:24] First experiences with story.
  • [02:30] Transition to horror genre.
  • [03:30] First horror story read.
  • [05:20] University.
  • [07:20] Gender.
  • [18:40] Pseudonyms
  • [20:25] Graham Joyce
  • [25:00] Writing routine, discipline and prioritisation
  • [34:00] Writing residencies
  • [42:00] Benefits of writers’ retreats and impact on writing
  • [44:45] Applying to writing residencies and retreats
  • [47:25] Lessons learned from writing residencies

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