Welcome to the Blog-Space of Cath Humphris

Thank you for Visiting

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  On this page I try to keep up-dated details of my creative writing and creative reading classes. 

If you want to know more about my creative writing teaching, check out the Workshops and Courses tab above.

WEA classes are generally free for anyone in receipt of a recognised means tested benefit. 

To enrol, and to find out more, search for courses on-line: www.wea.org.uk   OR Telephone 0300 303 3464

Clevedon – CASA

Reading 1951: John Wyndam, Daphne du Maurier and Graham Greene

Discuss The Day of The Triffids, My Cousin Rachel and The End of The Affair. amongst other things, we’ll look at characters, setting, motivations and common themes. Any unabridged copies are suitable. Please read chapters 1 – 8 of The Day of The Triffids for discussion at the first session.

At: Friends Meeting House, Albert Road, Clevedon, BS21 7RP

6 sessions: starts Wednesday 19th June 2019

Time: 10.30 – 12.45

Booking information: email casa2012clevedon@gmail.com

or check the CASA website: http://www.casaclevedon.org.uk

Cost: £60

WEA Courses in Gloucestershire:

Creative Writing Taster: Writing of The Moon at Gloucester Museum. C3530651

2 hour taster session on Wednesday, 31st July.

2pm – 4pm in The Wheatstone Hall, The Museum of Gloucester, Brunswick Road, Gloucester. GL1 1HP

Translate your dreams into words on a page, and shape your ideas into a story, poem or song by sharing in a selection of lunar writing exercises. Be as creative or as factual as you prefer. We’ve all got stories we could tell, sometimes we just need a nudge to get started, NOW is the time. Join us for two hours of wallowing in words about our oldest satellite. What could be nicer than a friendly group of people creating stories? Whether you’ve not set pen to page since school, or are a seasoned scribbler – secret or otherwise, we’d love you to join in. It would be beneficial if you visited the exhibition in the museum prior to the taster session.

Free, but pre-enrolment is essential. http://www.wea.org.uk or 0300 303 3464

Reading Lorna Doone. C3530641

The Ashcroft Centre, 21 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, GL7 1RA

7 Sessions start: Tuesday 15th October, 2019. 10.15 – 12.15

Since it was first published, in 1865, R.D. Blackmore’s novel has never been out of print. We’ll be asking what makes a compelling story, how this one works, and what it shows us about Victorian Britain and developments in novel-writing as we read Lorna Doone in easy stages.

Please read to the end of chapter 6, for discussion at the first session.

Reading Lorna Doone C3530626

At: St Mark’s Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham.  GL51 8PX 

Since it was first published, in 1865, R.D. Blackmore’s novel has never been out of print. We’ll be asking what makes a compelling story, how this one works, and what it shows us about Victorian Britain and developments in novel-writing as we read Lorna Doone in easy stages.

Please read to the end of chapter 6, for discussion at the first session.

7 Sessions start: Monday 14th October 2019

Times: 2pm – 4pm  Cost: £56 – or free if on qualifying, means-tested, benefit.

Creative Writing on Mondays C3530638

At: The Roots Coffee & Community Centre, Alvin Street, Gloucester. GL1 3EH

6 fortnightly sessions. Starting Monday 23 September 2019. 10.00am – 12.30pm

Put pen to paper and write. These are practical sessions designed to get you writing, and thinking about your writing. Draw inspiration, practice key techniques and discuss theories. The emphasis is on enjoyment, and finding your own style in a friendly and positive group environment. The focus will be on prose forms, particularly short story and flash fiction, but experiments with style are encouraged. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Cost: £60 – or free, if on recognised, means-tested, benefit

Also at Roots,

Creative Writing on Thursdays. C3530604

6 fortnightly sessions starting 3 October, 10.00 – 12.30

Practical sessions designed to get you writing, and thinking about your writing. There will be writing exercises, optional homework tasks and the opportunity to share your writing with the group. Draw inspiration, practice key techniques and discuss theories. The emphasis is on enjoyment, and finding your own style in a friendly and positive group environment. The focus will be on prose forms, particularly short story and flash fiction, but experiments with style are encouraged. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Cost: £60 – or free if on recognised, means-tested, benefit.

Reading Short Stories: V.S. Pritchett and Elizabeth Taylor. C3530647

AT: The Fresh Ground Cafe, 26 Westward Road, Stroud GL5 4JQ

Discover, or rediscover, two important twentieth century authors as we discuss a selection of their short stories. Elizabeth Taylor has been described as a subtle, compassionate and deep writer. Her writing has also been described as wicked and subversive. She makes an interesting contrast to the darkly humorous view V.S. Pritchett provided of British society. We will consider their backgrounds, how they fitted into the literary scene, and discuss whether, between them, they map the changes of moral values, customs, speech, and details of everyday life from the 1930’s to the 1990’s.

6 Sessions. Starts 8th November 2019 10.00 – 12.00 

Cost: £55 – or free if on recognised, means-tested, benefit.

Pre-enrolment essential for all courses:    www.wea.org.uk    OR Telephone 0300 303 3464

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29 thoughts on “Welcome to the Blog-Space of Cath Humphris

  1. Thank you for returning the visit.
    We’re mostly dreaming about spring and summer here – that’s human nature for you, I suppose. though in our defence, it’s not so much cool as soggy here..

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    • No problem, Jenny. Start date will be 23rd October, time is 10.15 – 12.15. We’ll be reading North & South by Mrs Gaskell. More details will follow. Look forward to seeing you again then.

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