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September 4, 2013 8:30 am

5 Fun Word Games for iPhone

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to improve your vocabulary. Yes, you could flipMan and woman play word games on iPad and iPhone. through a “word of the day” calendar or study the dictionary every night before you go to bed, but we think games are so much more fun – and effective. Your brain absorbs much more information than you likely give it credit for, so have some fun while you’re learning and  kill two birds with one stone. The following 5 fun word games for iPhone are Winghill’s office picks. Read on to learn why we like each and try them out yourself by using the App Store on your iPhone!

1. Scrabble – $0.99

Scrabble is a classic favorite when it comes to word games, and the electronic version is pretty good too. We like Scrabble because it’s easy to play, the app is easy to use, and it allows you to connect with friends and ask them to start a game with you. Search “Scrabble” in the App Store on iPhone to download the game for yourself. There are a few free versions, but we like the 99 cent version the best.

2. Hexalex – $1.99

If you like Scrabble, you’re going to love Hexalex. It’s the world’s first hexagonal crossword game! We could sit and play for hours on end (or until our phones died, at least). We like this game because it’s challenging, fun, and lets you apply in three directions instead of just two – like traditional crossword puzzles. Search “Hexalex” in the App Store and grab the version for $1.99. It’s worth it!

3. Word Solitaire Light – $0.00

Word Solitaire Light is one of two free picks on our list and is a great starting point if you’ve never played a word game on iPhone before. The game works much like classic Solitaire, except for you build words. In the game, you want to reveal all the cards and build the longest words you can. Search “Word Solitaire Light” in the App Store and grab this one for free.

4. Bananagrams – $0.99

Bananagrams is so much fun, you might have to call in sick to work just to spend the whole day playing it. Much like a classic anagram game, Bananagrams will cause you some frustration but will have you feeling incredibly accomplished once you’ve won! Search “Bananagrams” in the App Store and grab the 99 cent version. It offers different modules so you can pick the game that’s right for you and play anywhere, anytime.

5. Moxie – $0.00

Another freebie, Moxie is sure to get you loving the world of online word games. To play the game, you need to know the Moxie rules – but a quick demo will have you turning into an expert in no time. The whole point is to make meaningful words within the boxes you’re given. Search “Moxie – Free Edition” in the App Store for this gem!

Do you have a favorite word game for iPhone or Android? Let us know in a comment!

If you have a passion for the written word, you’re sure to love Winghill. Winghill Writing School offers even comprehensive at-home writing courses to help you improve your skills and get published.


July 10, 2013 8:00 am

Our Favorite Childhood Books List

Our Favorite Childhood Books List

We all have them – a favorite childhood book or two. Whether it was Five Beds for Bitsy or Cinderella, chances are at least one of these book covers will bring back some memories from your childhood! We know they certainly do for us. This post is all about the QC staff’s favorite childhood books list. We’d love to know if yours is on our list, so be sure to leave a comment at the end and let us know which book you most remember – or couldn’t get enough of – as a kid. Happy reminiscing!

Five Beds for Bitsy tells the tale of a puppy growing up and needing multiple beds as she grows larger. Although we don’t think buying a child a puppy for her birthday is necessarily a good idea (they’re a LOT of work!) we’ll never forget this heart-warming tale.

Who doesn’t remember Cinderella?! We loved this tale as kids and love it just as much now. Who wouldn’t want a prince to go to any length imaginable to find you, the girl who lost a beautiful glass slipper?

The Giving Tree is still often a topic of hot debate, as it can be read positively or negatively. Whatever you choose to take away from this book, we do know that we love Shel SilverStein!

Charlotte’s Web still makes us cry! With that being said, we do love the tale. How could you not love the adorable little piglet?

We kind of feel that this book has become the story of our lives, and we really feel for Jesse Bear not being sure what to wear!

We remember reading Shiloh back in grade school and falling in absolute love with it. It’s the first of a trilogy about the boy and his dog. We’d take good care of Shiloh, we promise!

Anything by Dr. Seuss could easily be here as well, but nothing stands out to us as much as Green Eggs and Ham. Does anyone else remember making food colored eggs at school? We don’t know if we could quite stomach them now…

Don’t see yours? Leave the title in a comment so we can have a look! We hope you enjoyed this post.


June 13, 2013 8:00 am

Submit a Writing Sample to Winghill

Winghill Writing School offers seven comprehensive writing courses. That’s quite a lot of courses, particularly if you’re not sure which is right for you. That’s why our director, Alex Myers, regularly accepts writing sample submissions and replies with her expert course advice. She’ll help you decide which course is best suited to your current skill level and goals. Interested in learning how to submit a writing sample to Winghill? Read on.

Submit a Writing Sample to Winghill

Before you submit, it’s a good idea to understand the seven different offerings from Winghill. They are:

1. Creative Writing

The Creative Writing course is the perfect choice for anyone looking to explore different writing styles, lengths, and who want a fully customized learning experience. Your personal tutor – a published author – will provide you with guidance and individualized assignments throughout your course.

2. Novel Writing

The Novel Writing course is an excellent choice for anyone who has a story in mind and wants help with character development, plot, formatting, and anything else novel-related. If you choose this course, your goal should be to finish the course with a novel ready to be published.

3. Romance Writing

This one’s pretty clear! If you’re interested in writing romance stories, novels, or anything else – this is the course for you.

4. Children’s Writing

The Children’s Writing course is designed for the student looking to become a children’s author. Whether you want to focus on creating text for a picture book or want to write a short story for kids, this course will help you achieve your goals.

5. Memoir Writing

The Memoir Writing course offers you the chance to either a) write a memoir or b) write a family history piece. Your tutor will be able to customize your experience and assignments to suit your goals and help you retell the tales you most want told.

6. Writing for Business

The Business Writing course is for those looking to improve their technical and business writing skills.

7. Screenwriting

The Screenwriting course is the newest addition to the Winghill course lineup and will help you prepare a story to pitch for the big screen.


If you’d like help deciding which course is for you, click here to submit a writing sample now.




June 1, 2013 9:30 am

Joan Hall Hovey Publishes Again!

Winghill Writing School tutor, Joan Hall Hovey, has published another of her works. This time, it’s a novella called Defective. We are so excited for Joan and want to wish her congratulations from all of us at the school!

Defective tells the story of Melanie Snow, a therapist who was recently involved in a car accident that left her blinded. As she works to re-open her practice, it becomes known that a murderer is on the loose and targeting physically disabled women. As a detective fights to keep Melanie safe, Melanie also decides to start her practice up once again within her basement. When the killer can walk right through her door at anytime, how is she ever truly safe?


Joan Hall Hovey’s latest novella is available now on Amazon. We are truly excited for her and encourage you to download the book! If you have a story in mind and want to get your own work published, you should check out our seven comprehensive writing courses. Who knows, maybe we’ll be congratulating you next!

If you’d like to learn more about our current Winghill Writing School tutors, we’d love to tell you about them. Whether you’re looking to write a novel, short stories, a children’s book, or otherwise – one of our tutors can help you achieve your goal. Click here to email us now!


May 1, 2013 9:00 am

We want you to caption this!

Here at the QC head office, we take any chance we can to have some extra fun. One of the games we love playing the most is Caption This. Check out the picture we recently posted on our Winghill Facebook page asking for caption submissions!

woman on a camel caption this

Below, you’ll find some of our favorite responses. Want to see yours added? Leave it in a comment at the end!

She spots an object heliographing in the sun. Could it be? It sure looks like it. No, wait, these weren’t the droids she was looking for. She moves along. – Darcy D


What the heck had happened?! Just two minutes ago she was in an antique shop, next thing she knew she was sitting on a camel in the middle of a the Gobi. Maybe she should have listened when the shop keeper had yelled at her not to open that book. But she had felt so strange and everything, including his voice had faded into a haze. Now blinding light and over powering heat. – Roxanna A


She had no idea where she was and how she sat atop a camel, no less. Her heart pounded as the Camel bellowed and began moving forward. She was jerked backwards, but had the presence of mind to hold onto the reins. It was so hot and she was thirsty, so she pulled on the reins to stop the camel, and peered from beneath her hand for any signs of a watering ground. At that point an oases would have offered some form of escape. – Eurika N


Dressed in these clothes Fatiema felt like she was in another world. The camel was the only reminder of her hopefully former life. Her family was way over that hill, she could see the palace in the distance. Her decision to walk away from a very lush, extravagant lifestyle was not easy. That same lifestyle was degrading, stifling and made a woman feel less than a woman. She did not want to be an object a possession anymore. This camel was her freedom. One last look at her past was what she needed to ride into her future. – Tersha M


Where was the valley of the kings? She knew it should be close. Maybe, she thought, the shiftings sands would show more of its secrets. – Mary M


No sign of life. No sign of clouds up ahead. Is that a cactus over there? Maybe, it’s just an old man by an oasis. Or, maybe, I’m going mad. – Adriana G


“I don`t know Toto, this isn`t looking anything like Kansas.” Felicia looked in every direction and all she could see was sand. Sand in front of them and sand behind them. This was nothing like the wizard of Oz, and she was no little girl with shiny red shoes.This was the only plan of escape , and she was lost , really lost, and she sure didn`t plan on being lost inthe desert. How come nobody has found her yet? Were they even looking? – Carol D

See your caption added to our favorites! Leave it a comment below or write it on our Facebook page here.

We’re always overwhelmed with pride and happiness when a graduate of our writing school publishes a book. In this post, we want to share one written by Winghill graduate, Lisa Collicutt. Lisa is the author behind The Gathering Darkness, a story about a young girl named Brooke and her encounter with evil.

When Brooke is forced to leave Boston for a small town named Deadwich, she begins to notice how strange her new friends act. They’re acting beyond strange – they’re acting completely evil.

the gathering darkness

Just when Brooke thinks her life is over, she meets a boy named Marcus Knight. It turns out, they’ve shared the same experiences and have even experienced shared dreams. The rest you’ll have to find out by reading the book! If you love fantasy, dark fiction, and love – this book is just what the doctor ordered.

Lisa Collicutt’s The Gathering Darkness is available on in paperback and Kindle edition. You can read more about it and place your order by clicking here.



April 5, 2013 10:00 am

The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

The Shadow of the Wind, written by Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon, is an addictive modern gothic novel you must read. Read on for a brief review of The Shadow of the Wind. The moment I started reading it, I knew I would not be able to put it down until I finished. The author introduces you to so many different characters, and each character introduces a whole new sub plot to the story. It’s an intricately-woven, gripping read that anyone in search of a great evening read will positively love.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon also wrote two accompanying books called The Angel’s Game and The Prisoner of Heaven. Technically, the three books form a trilogy, but you don’t actually have to read them in order to stay on board with the story. I first learned of the books from British beauty and lifestyle blogger Katie Snooks and have since recommended the trilogy to a dozen of coworkers, friends, and family members.

The trilogy is available at Chapters Indigo, Barnes & Noble, and nearly anywhere books are sold. You can also download at least the first book on your eBook reader. Personally, I read through the first two books in paperback and the third book in hardcover.

Have you read any books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon? Do you have any suggestions as to what book I should read next? Help me out, wonderful readers!