Wonderful Swanwick – nearly 300 writers in beautiful surroundings, great food, and more writing input than almost any human can bear!
It was my third time there, and it has lost none of its magic. From crime to short stories, teaching methods to character psychology, and a fun-filled agenda of evening entertainment. What’s not to like?
I’m so pleased and proud. My little 99-word story, based on a prompt of ‘Watching Kettles’, has been featured on Patricia Osborne’s blog.
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I love tiny stories. It’s not quite a Drabble (which needs to be exactly 100 words), but it’s close.
I hope you enjoy it.
If this is the sort of stuff you like, head on over to Amazon, where I have a collection of short and micro fiction for sale as an ebook for only 99p!
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Yes, three exclamation marks! August can only mean one thing – the summer writing school at [ Swanwick ]. Check out the details on their website.
It’s an amazing week. This will be my third year at Swanwick, and each year, I love it a little more!
Many superb courses and workshops, fascinating and entertaining after-dinner speakers, and loads and loads of fun!
We’ve got a new gig – at [ Wrabfest ], a one-day festival in a village near to us. It is a huge affair, offering foodstalls, a beer tent, and two stages with acoustic and electric bands throughout the afternoon and evening. There’s something for everyone!
Including, of course, The Big Write, where we work with children to help them create stories aided by Ten Tin Tales, Story Trays, Story Cards and other helpful exercises.
It’s one of those months. When I look through the calendar, I see almost nothing booked for me. For my partner, [ Anita Belli ], she’s incredibly busy working in primary schools in the local area, delivering a literacy project based on several topics in the curriculum.
I’m hopping from project to project, seemingly unable to stick at one thing. The summer is nearly here, the tomatoes we planted are beginning to fruit. So that’s good.
Whilst we’re quiet, I’ll remind you that the [ writer support ] website is live, with some information on the type of services we can offer. Website design, manuscript editing, formatting and publishing – they’re all there!
It’s called “Self Publishing Pure and Simple“, and is a companion piece to my “Scrivener – Pure & Simple” book which came out a couple of years ago.
Oh my! It’s that time of year again – the time when I and the members of my writing group cast aside the shackles of normal life with its responsibilities and tedium, and head off for our writing retreat.
We spend the best part of four days together, writing, chatting, talking about writing, planning our writing, and generally relaxing in the luxurious surroundings of our own (temporary) manor house in the country!