Bridget Whelan

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Bridget is a novelist, prize winning short story writer and creative writing lecturer who has taught on undergraduate courses and in adult education. She has also been Writer in Residence at a community centre for the unemployed and low waged.

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"It's more than a writer's handbook - it's a book which anyone could read and if they did they would probably find their pleasure in words and the world heightened.”
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Find A Good Place To Write and Stick To It – Twyla Tharp QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment … Continue reading →
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Description: FROM BOOKLIST USA Fans of heartwarming romances will enjoy Whelan’s tragic love story set in 1960s England and Ireland. When Cathleen Brogan’s husband dies unexpectedly, she is left impoverished, with two young daughters to raise. But the warm empathy of Father Jerry, a distant cousin revered by Cathleen’s family for his success in the church, helps at least a little. But as she sees more of Father Jerry, Cathleen realizes she feels more than friendship for him. She is falling in love with a Catholic priest. Even while knowing any relationship is doomed, Cathleen can’t stop her passionate feelings and doesn’t know whether to be thrilled or shocked when Jerry confesses he feels the same about her. A chance return to Ireland gives the pair a chance to be together, but can their forbidden love survive the harsh judgment of the church, their families, friends, and society? Whelan has created a richly textured plot with pathos, humor and charm, flawed but likable characters, and an ending that, though not exactly happy, is at least satisfying. An excellent read for romance fans.
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“Write about the world where that name was first spoken. Write about the questions it throws up. And the answers you don't always have.”
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“The best bit of writing advice I ever got was if you do something, something happens.”
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“Good people do bad things sometimes: bad people can have genuine warmth and charm.”
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“This machine kills fascists.”
Woody Guthrie

“The first draft of anything is shit.”
Ernest Hemingway

“Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very;' your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.”
Mark Twain

“She's got a big belt around her hips. It has a shiny buckle with PRADA on it, which is Italian for insecure.”
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“Hugh Laurie (playing Mr. Palmer) felt the line 'Don't palm all your abuses [of language upon me]' was possibly too rude. 'It's in the book,' I said. He didn't hit me.”
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