18th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Goodbye For Now

Over the past 5 years, we have built up Cecile’s Writers Magazine. It has been a massive undertaking. We made new friends and learned a lot, we had our ups and downs, but all-in-all it enriched our lives. It was a journey and it has given us a wealth of experience. Thanks to you – our readers – who engaged with our content and supported us. And our thanks to all the Cecile’s Writers who contributed their writings – laboriously crafted with love and passion – for us to publish. It has been a privilege to work with you and to edit your writings.

We have reached a crossroads. Our personal circumstances demand more of our time and energy, and we find that we have little of either to spare. So, we have had to make a really hard choice: we will be taking a one-year break to attend to our personal projects. We hope to be back in 2020 with a fresher perspective and renewed motivation.

In the meantime, we leave you with our last edition for now.

Happy reading!
Cecile, Samir, Sofia, Vanessa

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Cecile’s Writers Anthology: The Voices of Many Lands

Cecile’s Writers proudly presents its first anthology. This anthology bundles stories, personal essays, and poems written by authors from all over the world and were first published in Cecile’s Writers Magazine. Each editor has personally selected their favourite works for you to enjoy – including works by Katherine Heiny and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim.

You can buy the anthology for €18,99 on bol.com: https://www.bol.com/nl/p/the-voices-of-many-lands/9200000104094381/

Kind regards,
Cecile, Samir, Sofia, and Vanessa

17th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Lost Identities

Many characters in this edition struggle with their identities or with finding their way. Who am I? Where do I belong? What is my place in society?

Some can’t face the reality they live in. Others don’t understand what’s happening around them. We see the situation objectively, like the flaws in their train of thoughts that sometimes lead to disastrous consequences.

Happy reading!

Cecile, Samir, Sofia & Vanessa

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Writing in the Digital Age

Sometimes I come across words and I think: did I miss something? Usually this has to do with digital advances. The new word I discovered recently existed well before the Internet, but I don’t think it was named until blogs began and the genre took real flight: the listicle. For those like me who have never heard of it before, it’s a mix of list and article and simply refers to a published article written in the form of a list.

It got me googling. What other new genres are out there that I’ve never heard of before. And in that spirit, I’ve written a listicle pointing out three other genres that grabbed my attention.

  1. Photo essays / Horizontal stories

I believe these are the same, although I’ve seen both names used. It’s a collection of photos on the same subject, each photo has a caption and they are presented in a specific order. The horizontal refers to swiping through the photos.

  1. Twitter Fiction

I’m not a twitter fan, so I completely missed this genre and I do realize that I’m extremely late. It’s a genre tried out by a lot of current writers like David Mitchell, Margret Attwood and Philip Pullman.

Read more on: The Rise of Twitter Fiction.

  1. iStory

An iStory is shorter than flash fiction, at a maximum of 150 words, but more than twitter fiction and the more widely known six-sentence story. Originally created for an iPod, Narrative Magazine still publishes iStory submissions.

 

Vanessa

Procrastination: Worse Than Writer’s Block

I’m supposed to be doing some freelance work today. The problem is that there’s no hard deadline (‘sometime in the coming week or so is fine’). So what do I do? Procrastinate, of course. I’m a deadline kinda girl. And while I was supposed to be working, so that I won’t have to work nights next week, I’m flicking through YouTube videos. A favourite is Ted Talks where I can convince myself that I’m actually doing something useful with my time because I’m learning something. Then I watched this one:

 

 

OMG! That’s me. That’s so me.

I realise that although I always make my deadlines and I do the work well, I’m unable to do non-deadline work. It’s the reason I still haven’t finished all those novels on my hard drive. It’s the reason I’ve hardly sent off any of the picture book stories I’ve written to publishers. It’s the reason I’m bummed on Mondays because I hardly managed to do any writing the previous week. It’s not performance anxiety. And it’s not writer’s block. It’s the absence of the panic monster.

It’s time I worked on this. Right after I’ve finished this blog post. And I’ve done the freelance work I’m supposed to do. And…

Vanessa

There Are Now 100 Cecile’s Writers!

This week our magazine has published work from the hundredth intercultural writer. We are so proud that there are now a hundred Cecile’s writers living in almost 30 countries all over the world from Algeria to Vietnam. We have authors from 44 different nationalities, showing that many of our writers are writing in their second language.

Our Cecile’s writers have the following nationalities:

Algerian, American, Australian, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Chilean, Chinese, Costa Rican, Dutch, Egyptian, Estonian, Filipino, Finish, French, German, Greek, Guyanese, Hungarian, Indian, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, Kenyan, Kuwaiti, Malawian, Maltese, New Zealander, Nigerian, Pakistani, Peruvian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, South Korean, Spanish, Sudanese, Swedish, Swiss, Taiwanese, Tunisian, Turkish, Vietnamese.

And live in the following countries

Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malta, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia, Suriname, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.

We are so honoured that these hundred writers have shared their high-quality stories and poems in Cecile’s Writers Magazine. We are looking forward to further expanding our community and publishing more wonderful works from intercultural writers all over the world.

CW Team

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Reading to Your Children: A Treat or a Chore?

The best part of my day is story time at the end of the day, just before bedtime. Of course, partly because I know that me-time is not too far off, but mostly because I love sharing my love of stories with my children. I enjoy how they laugh, gasp and sigh as I read. I even enjoy the upset faces when the chapter has ended. “No mum, just one more chapter! Please, I need to know what happens next.”

The upside of story time is that it’s really good for children’s creative and linguistic development. It’s known to improve vocabulary as well as empathy. It gives you some calm ‘together-time’ after a usually hectic day, and it will teach kids to love reading for themselves. I think this is something known to most parents, yet surveys have shown that less and less parents are doing it regularly. Read More

15th Edition Cecile’s Writers Magazine: Family Knots

December is a time when the importance of family is emphasized.  Albeit most families may not be as picture perfect as depicted in movies or in adverts.  That’s the beauty of writing — authors are able to show that beauty lies in the intricacies and flaws of family bonds.

In the past four months, we received a lot of stories about familial relationships — the destruction they can cause and also the strength they can provide when reunited.  We have loved reading all the submissions and publishing our selection.

These stories and poems will offer some relaxing entertainment in these often-stressful festive weeks.  And perhaps an insight into your own intricate and wonderfully flawed family knots.

We wish you all the best this holiday season, whether you are enjoying it with your family or simply just trying to survive through it all.

Happy Holidays!

Cecile, Samir, Sofia & Vanessa

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