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For Writers

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

Developing Your Novel Retreat – May 2016 (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 during two writing retreats each year. In 2018,  the Spring Writing will be held from March 16th to 18th. This retreat is 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.

More about the next retreat can be found here.

From October 15th to the 19th, Alison and I will be holding a week long residential course in Writing Popular Fiction for Literature Wales at their beautiful facility at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre. Our special guest for this course will be novelist Jo Thomas.

This course would suit both new and more experienced writers, and will help you develop the building blocks for your novel looking at plot, character, setting and point of view. Tutorials and exercises will help you cultivate the skills to complete and polish a manuscript to a publishable standard. We will look at your work and offer constructive advice on avoiding plot holes, saggy middles and other writing pitfalls.

For more details about that course, or to make a booking, visit the Tŷ Newydd website. 

I am also available to lead writing retreats as a single tutor or in association with other tutors.

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 £175 for a novella or partial novel to £250 upwards for a full length novel. I will review and assist with a short story and/or synopsis, with price usually below £100.

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

Workshops

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.’

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