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.

October 01, 2013

Theme - the second building block

One of the hardest subjects to cover in creative writing. You have to creep up on it, sort of sideways, because it won't be tackled head on. It's the soul of a novel and why the writer wrote it in the first place. It goes to the heart of why anyone wants to tell stories and it can take a while to figure out what your theme or premise is. See what I mean?

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