Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

August 13, 2009

Chance exposures

Exposing yourself to new situations will inevitably fuel the creative process and when opportunities arise don’t be shy - take them. A chance to observe how any work, social or public event works close up is invaluable. Capturing the atmosphere, characters and dialogue will give you details that make a scene solid, tangible, real.

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