Sunday, 29 January 2017
I've been hibernating this week. Its been a cold, so I've stayed close to home, looking ahead at writerly things that are happening around the UK in the coming months.
Getting out and about meeting other writers is good for the soul, it's a way of making friends with like minded individuals and hearing about what's going on in the writing world. Courses and workshops are a great ways to learn something new, but care must be taken when choosing.
Definitely do your research, find out as much as you can before making a booking. Look the tutor up, and send them a few questions. Ask what the focus is on? What materials will they be using? Powerpoint or white board? Will there be handouts to take away? Are there any one to one opportunities? How many will be in the workshop? Good tutors don't mind you asking questions, and they'll be ready with answers. Seek others opinions of the course or workshop, ask around in your circle of writing buddies.
Here's a few I found...
Malaga Workshops UK weekend residential courses are all run by published award winning authors, there's a diverse list of topics and locations. A quick check reveals tutors such as Simon Whaley, check his website out here, who is doing a 'Write a Short Story' workshop this in Cirencester.
Kate Walker, author of over 65 Romance books will be teaching a 'Romantic Fiction Repair' weekend, check out her website here, or maybe you fancy 'Turn Your Local & Family History Into Stories' with Stephen Wade.
Writers Holiday offers a whole week away in Wales in July 2017 with lots lined up for writers.
Alison May runs workshops and courses in novel and short story writing, starting in February 2017 - I did her Developing Your Novel workshop last year and found it very informative.
And for something different there is Mindfulness & the Art of Writing a weekend course in Brighton.
There are lots of workshops and courses for writers out there - Do share any events or workshops in your area. Or any that you've been on and can recommend.
In other news...
January's been an odd month, I've had an ear infection since late December, and it's only in the last week I'm beginning to hear properly, and feel more like myself. Staying motivated and on track with my writing goals has been very difficult.
It's been a good month for reading and listening to podcasts. I'm hopeful February will energise me, and I'll begin to power up with many more of my 15 minute writing sessions again.
Things I've enjoyed in January in no particular order
#Listening to the album Love in Portofino by Andrea Bocelli
#Watching Andre Rieu's concerts on TV, and Blindspot. And YouTube videos of David Bowie performing many of his songs.
#Reading Your Complete Mindfulness Handbook, Woman & Home Magazine, A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, and The Successful Author Mindset by Joanna Penn.
#Nordic Pole Walking
# Tea and cake (you didn't doubt that would be on my list did you?)
# Podcasts from The Worried Writer & The Joined Up Writing Podcast & The Creative Penn Podcast
# Chicken & Chorizo Risotto
What I've given up this month...
# Buying Take A Break Fiction Feast
# Watching and listening to the news every day.