For Writers

Developing Your Novel Retreat - May 2016 (photo by Alison May)
Developing Your Novel Retreat  (photo by Alison May)

One of the best things about being a writer is working with other writers.

I have presented workshops on writing in the UK and abroad – and am also a mentor on the RNA’s highly acclaimed New Writers’ Scheme.

Writing Retreats

Along with fellow author Alison May, I tutor several weekend residential and online writing retreats each year.

We are pleased to say we’ll be holding three writing retreats in 2022. Government Covid regulations permitting, these will be in-person events. All will be held at King’s Court Hotel near Stratford Upon Avon. 

The retreats are aimed at both new writers and published authors who are starting a new work and need to focus on story structure, characters and writing basics. Each course is different – tailored to meet the requirements of a specific group of students and includes a one-to-one session with a tutor about your work on progress, and a chance to chat informally with fellow writers about all things writing related. 

The dates are…

Spring Novel Writing Retreat – 1st-3rd April 2022

Summer Novel Writing Retreat – 17th-19th June 2022

Autumn Novel Writing Retreat – 30th September-2nd October 2022


Places are already selling fast – so book early to ensure your place. 

Manuscript Appraisals

I take a select number of private clients for manuscript appraisal and assistance. These would typically be an in depth written evaluation of all or part of a novel, novella or short story. I will also give one-to-one discussion of the manuscript via Skype. Prices vary for this service, depending on the length of the work and the exact service required, but prices typically start about £200 for a novella or partial novel to £300 upwards for a full length novel. I will review and assist with a short story and/or synopsis, with price usually around £100.

If you are interested in having me work with you, please contact me to discuss your requirements.


I frequently run individual workshops, day long courses and give talks to writers and writing groups. Writing topics include plot and story structure for short stories and novels, locations and characters, dialogue, editing and the manuscript submission process.  I also draw on my background in television to give sessions on how to work with media and I give technology tips for writers.

Workshops can be tailored to individual requirements. If you would like me to give a workshop, please contact me.

What people have said :

‘Your workshop was the highlight of the conference.’

‘Excellent value for money.’

‘Learned so much and had a great weekend’.

‘Fabulous. We learned so much. Highly recommend it.’

‘It was splendid. You have inspired me.’

‘You provided some very good ways forward for me, for which I am extremely grateful.’