Patrice Lawrence, author of the shortlisted Costa Book Award, Orange Boy, attended Almasi League’s last session of 2016, to give a talk about her writing journey to publication.
She discussed how much of her life experiences had been used to influence her writing; this included her passion for music, the influence of others with different life experiences, and overheard conversations during bus journeys. She explained that being part of a strong writing group, with focus and goal setting, played an important role in developing her writing. She stressed that, in fact, her successes would have been unlikely to happen if it were not for the group! Patrice was fortunate to find an agent who was not only interested in her writing but in developing her career as a published author.
Patrice read extracts from her latest book, Orange Boy and gave a generous Q & A session, which was well received.
This week we looked at Salina and Sulaxana’s submissions. They both offered interesting pieces of work, and insights into topics that are not generally written about. Salina’s work dealt with young adult themes and homelessness, whilst Sulaxana provided a short story with insights on the Sri Lankan diaspora.
Both writers received feedback from the group and in return gave their thoughts and reasoning behind their submissions.”