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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 Autumn Courses are Now Signing Up:
Why Not, dust off your notebooks and join in?
Sign up for WEA classes in Autumn 2017
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.
Childhoods in Literature: Behind the Scenes at the Museum & What Maisie Knew. C3528472
At: The Ashcroft Centre, 21 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, GL7 1RA
7 sessions, starting Tuesday 24th October.
Time: 10.15 – 12.15
Compare and contrast the novels ‘What Maisie Knew’ by Henry James and ‘Behind the Scenes at the Museum’ by Kate Atkinson and think about how they reflect their eras. Read in comfortable stages at home, then share ideas and questions about characters, developments, historical and literary context. We’ll be thinking about childhoods, past & present.
A Revolution in Reading: Mary Webb, Compton Mackenzie & Dorothy L. Sayers. C3528456
At: St mark’s Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham. GL51 8PX
7 Sessions starting Monday 23rd October. 2 – 4 pm.
These are three of the first ten penguin books, published in 1935. We will read them in comfortable stages at home, then discuss characters, developments and the historical context for each of the novels. Can they be easily classified? What are the standards we use to define our reading?
Creative Writing Workshop: Working with words C3528466
At: The Roots Coffee & Community Centre, Alvin Street, Gloucester. GL1 3EH
Class dates: 5th Oct, 19th Oct, 2nd Nov, 16th Nov, 30th Nov, 14th Dec.
Time: 10.15 – 12.45
For inspiration, encouragement & improvement:.
Exercise based writing workshops suitable for beginners and improvers. Write stories, true or fantastic…or something in-between. We’ll be thinking about how to shape them.
Practice techniques and discuss theories as you create fiction. The emphasis is on enjoyment and finding your own style. Advice on entering writing competitions and submitting to magazines. Suitable for beginners and improvers.
Courses in Herefordshire.
The Penguin book of World War One Stories. C3125124
At: Ewyas Harold Baptist Church Hall, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire
Class dates: Starts 19th September 2.30 – 4.30pm
Read and discuss two stories per week from this intriguing collection that includes stories of war by combatants, support staff, those on the home-front, and those who were born after the event. How does war impact on the individual? Often, with surprising, and even challenging forms of writing. We’ll be thinking about what the stories are doing, and how that impacted on the shape of the modern short story.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy C3125252
At: Most Holy Trinity RC Church Parish Room, Ledbury, Herefordshire.
Class dates: Starts 5th October 2 – 4pm
Read in comfortable stages at home, then join us to discuss characters and developments. We’ll be thinking about the historical and literary context for this novel, looking in detail at selected passages, and thinking about the overall shape and scope of the story. We’ll be discussing ‘part one’ at the first meeting.