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 classes. 

If you want to know more about my creative writing teaching, check out the Workshops and Courses tab I’ve added (above).

The Spring Courses are Now Signing Up:

Why Not, dust off your notebooks and join in?

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Sign up for WEA classes in 2018

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

To enrol, and to find out more, see on-line: www.wea.org.uk


Telephone 0300 303 3464 (this is a manned line, so 10.00am – 04.00 pm, weekdays is advisable.)


Courses in Gloucestershire.

How Short Stories Work 1892 – 1925  C3528863

penguin british short story coverAt: The Ashcroft Centre, 21 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, GL7 1RA

7 sessions, starting Tuesday 6 February 2018.

Time: 10.15 – 12.15

Each week we will look at two stories from The Penguin Book of the British Short Story: 1: From Daniel Defoe to John Buchan.

We’ll discuss writing techniques and developments and compare and contrast stories.  Key questions will include: ‘What makes a good short story?’ and, ‘How does this story work?’  At the first session, we’ll be talking about Silver Blaze, by Arthur Conan Doyle, & Behind the Shade, by Arthur Morrison.

Cost: £50


arnold-bennett-wives-talesArnold Bennett, Old Wives Tale.  C3528858

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

7 Sessions starting Monday 29th January 2018.  2 – 4 pm.

Read and discuss a novel that charts the changes of the nineteenth century through the lives of Constance and Sophia Baines. Bennett’s aim was realism and naturalism. Some critics call this novel a forgotten masterpiece, what will you think? We will be reading at home in comfortable stages so that we can share our ideas and reactions to the story developments, and investigate the historical and literary context for this novel. We will look in detail at selected passages, and think about the overall shape and scope of the story.

Cost: £56


Creative Writing Workshop: creating stories C3528998

DSCF5009At: The Roots Coffee & Community Centre, Alvin Street, Gloucester. GL1 3EH

6 sessions.

Class dates: 12 Feb, 26th Feb, 12th March, 26th March, 9th April, 23rd April.

Time: 10.15 – 12.30

For inspiration, encouragement & improvement:

Discover and develop your story-writing skills in exercise-based workshops. Draw inspiration, practise techniques and discuss theories to expand our understanding of the writing process. Sessions will include feedback and advice on marketing opportunities. Suitable for beginners and improvers

Cost: £60.00

AdEd class imageCreative Writing Workshops.  C3528859

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

6 sessions.

Class dates: 15th Feb, 1st March, 15th March, 29th March, 12th April, 26th April.

Time: 10.15 – 12.30

Discover and develop your writing skills in fortnightly exercise-based workshops. We will be practising techniques and discussing theories that can be applied to fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose. The course will begin with a series of starter exercises designed to create a friendly and positive group environment. This will be followed by exercises that encourage experimentation in form and style. There will be optional homework tasks, and regular opportunities to discuss writing theory. Sessions will include advice about competitions and other submission opportunities. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Cost: £60




Do get in touch with me if you would like more information.


21 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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  2. Sorry to have had to miss last two classes of very enjoyable Cirencester class. Could I have details of next Cirencester class please?


    • 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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