For Writers

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 the coordinator of the RNA’s highly acclaimed New Writers’ Scheme.

Writing Retreats

In 2023, I’ll be leading a writing retreat in the hills of Italy from May 6th-13th. This all inclusive retreat is at the beautiful Hotel Leone, and will involve workshops on writing, sunset discussions on the terrace about all things writing and publishing – and possibly a glass of wine or a dip in the pool.

The writing terrace.

There’ll be lots of writing time too. We are taking bookings now.  To learn more, visit the hotel site here

This retreat is suitable for writers at all stages of their career. Can  you imagine a more inspiring place to lift your writing to the next  level?

Along with fellow author Alison May, I tutor several weekend residential and online writing retreats each year. All are 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 for 2023 are…

Spring Novel Writing Retreat: 17th to 19th March 2023

Autumn Novel Writing Retreat:  6th to 8th October 2023

Places are already selling fast. For more information or to book your place, you can start 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 Zoom or Skype. Prices vary for this service, depending on the length of the work and the exact service required, but prices typically start about £300 for a novella or partial novel to £400 upwards for a full length novel. I will review and assist with a short story and/or synopsis, with price usually around bewteen £60 – £150 depending on length.

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.’