17 - 19 May 2013
Storytelling for Fact or Fiction Abingdon, Oxon, UK
8 - 15 June 2013
Novel Retreat in Catalonia
Write Now! in New Mexico
Las Cruces, NM, USA
25 - 27 October 2013
Write Now! in the Algarve
Armação de Pêra, Portugal
10 & 17 November 2013
Fiction Masterclass Intensive
London, WC1, UK
17 Oct 2012 - 13 March 2013
Creative Writing in the City
Ernest & Young, London SE1
Wondering what special gift you might give to someone who writes or wants to? Why not give a place on one of our upcoming writing courses? There are a wide variety of workshops for all levels of ability, from beginners to published authors.
Go to the Gift Certificates page to see what you need to do to delight that special writer in your life.
Emma Healey is one of the stars of 2013 London Book Fair, her novel, Strange Companions being bid on by a number of publishing houses. In the "So You Want to Write a Novel", "Fiction Masterclass" and "Workshop Your Fiction" courses, I always knew her book would go places. High five, Emma! Read the Guardian article about her here.
Lezanne Clannachan's first novel is out! Jellybird is published by Orion, publication date: 14 March. I couldn't be happier for her, especially as I watched her manuscript progress over a number of workshops. Yay for you Lezanne! You can order Jellybird here.
I am thrilled to hear from Tom Hill that "Head Over Heels", an animated film he was the script editor for, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Short Animation Category. High five to you, Tom! Watch the Oscars, but even better, watch the video here. Read the Guardian article about how this film came about. Here's wishing and hoping it will beat the Disney and Simpson films it is up against!
Debbie Martin had a book signing in Bournemouth for her first novel in January 2013. Chained Melody is a story about childhood friends, one of whom later changes gender. You can buy it from Amazon here.
In June 2013 Anne will be leading a 7-day writing retreat in Spain in the countryside outside Girona. This "So You Want to Write a Novel Intensive" has morning workshops, afternoon 1-2-1 tutorials and evening sessions to showcase your work and receive constructive criticism on your writing . . .
Guardian journalist Trevor Baker in Writing Magazine on Anne's 2012 October workshop in Portugal: "By the end of the course I've come up with more characters and plots than in the last thirteen years." Read the PDF
Anthea Norman-Taylor is hosting two Russian cultural weekends in Oxfordshire on 6 and 20 April. Anne's new residential workshop, "Storytelling for Fact or Fiction" will also be held at Stonehill House on 17 - 19 May.
When people who’ve never written before come to one of my workshops they, understandably, can feel nervous. What I say to them is that everything we need to know is already inside us. All we need to do is drop into that calm, still place where our wealth of experience, intuition and insight can safely emerge.
"It really is appallingly difficult to do something which is complete in every respect, and I think most people are content with mere approximations. But I intend to battle on, scrape off and start again. I would love to paint the way a bird sings."
Anne Aylor is a professional writer and teacher who has had short stories and poems published by the Arts Council of Great Britain, Oxford University Press, The Literary Review, London Magazine and Stand Magazine.
Her first novel, No Angel Hotel, was republished in February 2012. Her second novel, The Double Happiness Company, was published in 2011. She is 90,000 words into her third and is working on a fourth.
In addition to being a runner-up in a Radio 3 competition, a number of her stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and in 2011 for the Fish Short Story Prize.
Her stage play, Children of the Dust, won a playwrighting competition and was co-produced by the Soho Theatre and Theatre Warehouse, Croydon.
She worked in post-war Bosnia where she practised Chinese medicine and taught ballet. She teaches ballet at Morley College in London and is a member of PEN and 26. In 2007 she was a shortlist judge for the story competition held by the Wimbledon Book Fest and in 2011 she was the judge in the Peter Barry Short Story Competition.
This incident happened when I was practising as an acupuncturist in the West End of London. It is the first of two blogs about horses in the street.
13 January 2004. An injured horse isn’t something you expect to see at 9.30 in the morning, but it is why police have cordoned off the road . . .
August 2012 marked the US launch of No Angel Hotel, sponsored by the Border Book Festival. To see a 3.21-minute video of the celebration of a novel that been called "a tour de force of passion and longing", click here.