Dr DeAnn Bell, Creative Writer & Lecturer English, Home Page

Welcome to my webpage.

Here are a few pages of information about me and my interests. I hope that you will find them interesting.

Feel free to drop me an email, there is a message form on the contacts page.


Teaching Creativity through Third-Opting Thinking, #NAWE2018
November 9th 2018
Catch my workshop Teaching Creativity through Third-Opting Thinking at the 2018 NAWE conference taking place November 9th, 2018 at Park Inn by Radisson, North Street, York, YO1 6JF. The formal process of learning creative writing at university often assumes writers on the course know how to create original ideas. Books addressing creative writing further mystify the act of creating by claiming that creativity itself can’t be taught. This writing workshop consists of taking apart four basic types of writing prompts through third option thinking in order to demonstrate innovative idea generation. By learning how to rethink and relink causal connections inherent in the prompts, writers learn how to create on command rather than to wait for inspiration. Catch the Tweets: @NAWE #NAWE2018 and @DeAnnWrites

Book Launch for Normal Deviation!
June 30th, 2018
Normal Deviation published by Wonderbox Publishing and edited by myself and Lyle Skains launches Saturday, June 30th, 2018! The speculative fiction short story anthology is available for purchase now. My short story "Blind Date" is second in the collection. Get a copy and see for yourself what happens when you give a load of writers a single image and tell them to develop their third option idea. I am very pleased to be a part of this project. Normal Deviation: A Weird Fiction Anthology Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Normal-Deviation-Weird-Fiction-Anthology/dp/1912110679/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530282582&sr=8-1&keywords=normal+deviation Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1912110679?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=49FH3QT5858RMN6Q47RS

Normal Deviation Anthology Kickstarter Launch
First and foremost, the funding is for the authors of these stories. As authors ourselves, we know how much writers get exploited. So much of what we write is "on spec" - writing in fits and starts around full-time jobs and families and responsibilities for just the hope that some editor somewhere might pay us a measly fee for the hours spent creating. We asked writers - established, new, young, old, white, black, human, lizard, and breadbox - to respond to one weird-ass pic (which was selected by the public) with stories in whatever genre they wanted. We collected the best of them into a full-length anthology, and we're delivering that straight to you, reader and lover of weird and fantastic stories. The stories include absurd aliens, philosophical questions about life and death, Death itself, befuddled activists, prophecies, and post-apocalyptic pigs. What to Learn More? Check out our Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/335044740/normal-deviation-the-completed-weird-fiction-antho

Mentoring with Young Critics North Wales at Tŷ Newydd
December 1st-3rd, 2017
This weekend I am mentoring Venue Cymru's Young Theatre Critics North Wales writing retreat with Guardian critic Lyn Garner and Theatre Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey. Hosted at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales, this is a fantastic opportunity for young writers. Interested in being a part of the scheme? All you need is to have an interest in theatre and be between the ages of 16-24. For more information: https://venuecymru.co.uk/young-critics

"Crone Maiden" appearing now in Sage Woman, Issue 92
October 2017
"Crone Maiden" is a creative nonfiction response to “The Giantesses Apron” collected by P.H. Emerson. Now available in Sage Woman: Embracing Change. http://www.bbimedia.com

Flash fiction story "The Missing" accepted for publication by Open Pen
September 19th 2017
Limiting previous cover authors such as myself to writing a twenty-word story, Open Pen Magazine of London has accepted "The Missing" for a microfiction project in celebration of their 20th issue. This is an innovative magazine encouraging a wide range of short story fiction in addition to digital fiction and podcasts. For more information about submissions and subscriptions see: http://www.openpen.co.uk/

Bare Bones of Horror with the Llandudno & District Writers Club
September 13th 2017
In preparation for their upcoming November horror story competition, the Llandudno & District Writers Club invited me to teach a session on the bare bones of horror. We worked together to break horror down into its most basic components and reinvigorate old horror tropes. Looking forward to working with this group again and getting my hands on the stories from the November contest winners! Looking to join an innovative writing group in Llandudno? The link to their website is: http://llandudnowriters.weebly.com/

Helping out at Anglesey Môntage Writing Festival
September 9th 2017
The Anglesey Môntage Writing Festival will take place this Saturday at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge, LL59 5SS. Registration starts at 9:30, daytime events running until 5:00 pm. I am helping out with the set-up and looking forward to attending the event as a guest. Tickets are still available for both the festival and the festivities afterwards. Check it out and join me. For more information see: http://www.angleseywritingfestival.co.uk/

Blogging for Normal Deviation
July 2017
I am now writing a bi-weekly blog alternating writer focused information with my co-editor, Dr Lyle Skains. Sign up for our weekly information updates on writing, publishing and the publication progress of our new speculative fiction short story anthology Normal Deviation. http://normaldeviation.wonderboxpublishing.com/

Open Submission Call for Normal Deviation Anthology
June 1st through August 31st 2017:
DeAnn is co-editing the anthology Normal Deviation with Dr Lyle Skains and Wonder Box Publishing. Check out my Writing Desk page for further details:

'The Empire Builder' accepted for publication
May 2017:
DeAnn's personal essay 'The Empire Builder' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine Sage Woman.

'Fallow Times: Understanding the Ebb and Flow of Personal Magic' accepted
March 2017:
DeAnn's article 'Fallow Times: Understanding the Ebb and Flow of Personal Magic' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine Witches&Pagans.

Take pART 2017 at Venue Cymru
14th & 15th January 2017
I will be running 3 collaborative writing workshops on Sunday 15th January 2017 titled "A funny thing happened on the way to Take pART". Workshops are for ages 10 and up, and are free. They will be held at 10:30, 13:00, & 15:15 in meeting room 4 at Venue Cymru.

Want To Get In Touch? Then Send Me A Message...
7th January 2017
Go to the Contacts page and fill out the email form, I'll be pleased to hear from you.

Cats page updated
6th January 2017
Check out my cats page: Cats have a long and celebrated history in writing, here are pictures and information about my cats...

DeAnn Presents @SCSM_Bangor 's Media Sandwich
November 16th 2016
DeAnn presented a successful short talk today to Bangor University's School of Creative Studies & Media - (SCSM, twitter: @SCSM_Bangor) titled 'Teaching Creative Non-Fiction Outside the traditional workshop'. The talk was well received with interest generated from a number of delegates pertaining to engaging and motivating students.

DeAnn Presenting At NAWE 2016
November 11th-13th 2016:
DeAnn is attending the NAWE conference at Stratford Upon Avon and presenting a talk on 'Teaching creative non-fiction'

'Crone Maiden' accepted for publication
November 2016:
DeAnn's latest short story 'Crone Maiden' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine SageWoman

www.DeAnnBell.com launched
November 2016:
DeAnn's personal website www.deannbell.com is launched. The site will be updated as time allows, watch this space

Dr DeAnn Bell