Thursday 24 May 2018

Could you write the next 'Me Before You'? Best-selling author JoJo Moyes offers up her idyllic cottage, free of charge

Novelist Jojo Moyes.
Novelist Jojo Moyes.

Alice Vincent

Writing huts have been the envy-inducing preserve of authors since Henry David Thoreau holed himself up in one and wrote Walden about the experience in the mid-19th century.

Since, authors such as Dylan Thomas (Laugharne), Roald Dahl (Buckinghamshire), Philip Pullman (Oxford) and Virginia Woolf (Sussex) have famously taken to small wooden structures to create their best work.

Now JoJo Moyes, author of the bestselling romance novels Me Before You and After You, has offered writers, published and otherwise, the opportunity to use her writing cottage for a week, free of charge.

Moyes has written 11 novels in the past 25 years after becoming a professional novelist following a career as a journalist. 

She made the offer on her Facebook page, before taking a photograph of her post and sharing it on Twitter. She offers the use of a fully furnished and "welcoming" cottage in Suffolk for writers to "kick-start or finish their work" before the end of this year.

All writers have to do is email with an explanation of "why this would make a difference to you" in no more than 500 words:

The offer has been greeted with a mixture of gratitude, amazement and a little well-intentioned skepticism on social media – although it appears that Moyes may be sifting through quite a lot of applications.

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