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 Gloucestershire Courses

Spring 2020

To enrol, and to find out more, search for courses on-line: www.wea.org.uk   OR Telephone 0300 303 346

Reading 1968: Three short novels; Muriel Spark, Barry Hines & Elizabeth Taylor C3531059

Join us in discussing three short novels that present contrasting portraits of the late 1960s. We will be comparing and contrasting their shape and scope, and thinking about how the characters are presented, as we ask, what is good fiction? Carol Shields once said that on a first reading, she had “mistaken Spark’s amusing style for a lightness of subject matter”; Barry Hines has been described as ‘the voice of his community’; Elizabeth Taylor was often dismissed as a ‘demure’ writer, ‘too civilised’ to be considered as a ‘serious’ writer. We will consider these ideas, and many more as we investigate what each of the novelists has to say, and how they say it.

Please read to the end of chapter four, of The Public Image by Muriel Spark for discussion at the first session.

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

7 Sessions start: Tuesday, 18th February 2019. 10.15 – 12.15

Reading 1968: Three short novels; Muriel Spark, Barry Hines & Elizabeth Taylor C3531053

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

We will be comparing and contrasting the shape and scope of these three novels, and thinking about how the characters are presented, as we ask, what is good fiction? Carol Shields once said that on a first reading, she had “mistaken Spark’s amusing style for a lightness of subject matter”; Barry Hines has been described as ‘the voice of his community’; Elizabeth Taylor was often dismissed as a ‘demure’ writer, ‘too civilised’ to be considered as a ‘serious’ writer. We will consider these ideas, and many more as we investigate what each of the novelists has to say, and how they say it.

Please read to the end of chapter four, of The Public Image by Muriel Spark for discussion at the first session.

7 Sessions start: Monday 3rd February 2020

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

Creative Writing

On Mondays, Creative Writing: Shaping Stories C3531060

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

6 fortnightly sessions. Starting Monday 27th January 2020. 10.00am – 12.30pm

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills further. The course will begin with a series of starter exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. The following sessions will include guided exercises that encourage experimentation in form and style. The emphasis is on enjoyment and finding and developing your ‘writing voice’. There will be optional homework tasks, and regular opportunities to discuss writing theory. Sessions will also include information and advice about competitions and other submission opportunities.

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

Creative Writing on Thursdays. C3530604 – Now Fully Booked.

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

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

34 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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  2. Wow Cath, you’re a DIAMOND! 💎 You’re brilliant. I love how you sparkle so beautifully, and generously cast your beauty on the rest of us. Thanks with much love and admiration! ❤️

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  3. Dear Cath
    The WEA website tells me that your Thursday morning Creative Writing course is fully booked already. I had to wait till I had the funds but now I think I’m too late. I can’t do Mondays sadly. I don’t suppose you do another such course anywhere else? Sorry to bother you.
    Jenny Bradley

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