Writing Course for Beginners
(normally Monday or Tuesdays 7-9pm)
A ten week group for women who have never written
before or want to get started again. Each session is made up of on-the-spot
exercises to stimulate ideas. Handouts are given to support various
themes each week and generate discussion. Work is normally shared
from the first session but only as much as you feel ready to read
out. There is a small amount of homework.
All you need is a commitment
to write. You will be asked to draw on your imagination, senses,
experiences and memories. What is important is the process of freeing
yourself up to write, not worrying about grammar, punctuation, form,
or spelling. Initial fragments can be shaped into something more
polished if you wish to develop your writing further. The purpose
of the writing sessions is not to interpret or analyse your work,
it is to rekindle lost creativity, to free up your voice and get
the words onto the page.
The course will be made up of:
- an introductory session from 6.30pm-9pm at Chapter
Arts Centre, Cardiff
- 4 weekly sessions at Chapter 7-9pm
- an all day workshop
to be held on a Saturday or Sunday
either at St Fagans Museum in
Cardiff or another suitable venue
- a final 2 hour session
at Chapter 7-9pm
The course will focus on: how to get started; freeing up your
voice; working with your senses; autobiographical writing; working
with photographs & images;
developing a sense of place and setting for your work; developing
characters; the importance of reading and the relationship between
other writers' work and your own-finding your writing family; exploring
different forms of writing to include work with more fragmented
experimental texts; the importance of research; we will also look
at outlets for your work, courses, competitions, publishing; dreaming
up your book and developing a writing plan and project/s
week writers’ workshop
A follow on group for
those who have completed the 10 week Beginners’ Course. The
emphasis is on sharing your work and ideas, and receiving written
and verbal feedback from the group. There will also be an on-the-spot
exercise each week to generate new writing.
Usually for those who
have completed the Beginners Course or have some writing experience.
I have run several writing weekends and 10 week day courses from St Fagans.
several weekend workshops at St Donats, Atlantic College; The National
Museum of Wales, Cardiff; The Old Library-The Museum Of The Moment-
part of "The
Arcades Project: A 3D Documentary" by Jennie Savage.
Also at Belle Vue Park, Newport and Cardiff Bay
Art Gallery working with artist Mary Husted.
have a body of work they wish to shape and prepare for publication,
or who wish to use creative writing in a more exploratory way.
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For those who may be too busy to see me personally
or cannot find time to attend the groups. The one to one working
can be tailor made to your needs. Please email or telephone to discuss.
Please note: this does not include a copy editing service
Sessions for Groups
of Professionals or Organisations
For those who wish to know more about creative writing,
either to work with their clients in this way or to reflect on difficult
issues associated with their own work.
I have run a variety of writing groups for organizations such as Mind, The Women
Safety Unit, Age Concern, Occupational Therapy Dept, and University Hospital
Ten women who have attended the writing courses have gone
on to complete Masters Programmes in creative writing, several of whom are now
teaching creative writing themselves.