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Bookings are now open for my Online Writing Lab, under the auspices of the Romance Writers of Australia. It’s all about editing and polishing your work to give it the best possible chance in a competitive world. Make your book the best it can be. You don’t have to be in Australia to join in. Details here.  

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.

Online Writing Lab

In June 2019 I will be presenting an Online Writing Lab, under the auspices of the Romance Writers of Australia.

It’s about self editing. We all do it – but do we do it right?

Here’s the blurb…

Self editing is the key to giving your work the best possible chance in a highly competitive environment. This course outlines a four step approach to polishing your work:  from big picture structural edits to the fine detail of line edits and proof reading. Make sure your plot and characters work. Tighten that saggy middle. Find your voice and your characters voices. Fine tune point of view.  Avoid repetition, cliché and inconsistency.

The course will include tips and tricks to help you find your strongest and weakest points. Crutch words, repetition and extra sparkle are all on the table in this four week course. You may even find yourself moving scenes and chapters.

You don’t need any special computer skills or software to join the course. Nor do you need to be in Australia or an RWA member.

If you are interested – bookings are now open. You can book here.

Writing Retreats

Along with fellow author Alison May, I tutor during two writing retreats each year. In 2019,  the Spring Writing was held from March 16th to 18th. A second residential course is held at in the Autumn. In 2019, this will be from October 11- 13.

These 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.

More about the next retreat can be found here.

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.


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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