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 Autumn Courses are Now Signing Up:

Why Not, dust off your notebooks and join in?

creative writing advert

WEA classes for Autumn 2018.

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


Telephone 0300 303 3464

Courses in Gloucestershire.

writers-notebook-001FREE Creative Writing Taster. C3530060

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

Two hours, starting 10 am.

If you’re wondering what can happen in one of my creative writing workshops, this is an opportunity to experience it for yourself.  I’ll be setting a series of inspirational writing prompts and short exercises.   I aim to offer a friendly and encouraging environment for those new to writing creatively, and more experienced writers looking for a fresh direction.

This is intended to be a fun, but productive session, where ink will flow and stories will emerge. Hope to see you there.

Pre-enrolment essential.    www.wea.org.uk


Telephone 0300 303 3464


turn of the screwFREE Reading Group Taster: C3530211

The Turn of The Screw by Henry James – Literary trailblazer or Potboiler?

At: Kingshill House Arts Centre, Kingshill Lane, Dursley GL11 4BZ

1 Session on Friday, 30th November 2018.

Time: 10 am – 12 pm.

Arguably, this is the most popular piece of fiction written by Henry James.  What do you think? We’ll explore some of the questions it has given rise to, as we discuss our own responses to this haunting and challenging story.

Pre-enrolment essential:    www.wea.org.uk


Telephone 0300 303 3464


north and southRead & discuss North & South, by Elizabeth Gaskell.

At: St Mark’s Methodist Church, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham.  GL51 8PX  Course code: C3529551

7 Sessions start: Monday 22nd October 2018.

Times: 2pm – 4pm  Cost: £56


Also, at: The Ashcroft Centre, 21 Ashcroft Road, Cirencester, GL7 1RA  Course code: C3529523

7 Sessions start: Tuesday 23rd October 2018.

Times: 10.15 – 12.15  Cost: £56

At one time, it this was classified only as a ‘condition of England novel’.  More recently the story of Margaret Hale, and her movements between the rural south and the newly industrialised north, has been re-evaluated.  We will be looking at Gaskell’s role as a novelist, her portrayal of mid-Victorian England and the literary themes and characterisations, as we discuss the novel in comfortable sections.

Creative Writing C3529636

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

6 fortnightly sessions. Start: 4th October.  Finish: 13th December 2018

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. The emphasis is on enjoyment and finding your own style in a friendly and positive group environment.  Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Cost: £60

Courses in Herefordshire

From Vicarage Gardens to Mean Streets – enjoying Crime Fiction. C3126066

book coverAt: Ewyas Harold Baptist Church Hall, The Manse, Ewyas Harold, Herefordshire. HR2 6ET

Six sessions, start Tuesday 18 September 2018.  Finishes Tuesday 23 October 2018.

Time: 2.30 – 4.30

Each week we will look at two stories from the Anthology, A New Omnibus of Crime, in detail.  We will identify writing techniques and developments and compare and contrast the readings. We will think about what makes a good mystery or crime story; how the examples reflect their period of writing; what kind of world they represent, and considering the differences – or shared traits – of ‘cosy’ crime and crime of the ‘mean streets’.

In week one we will discuss The Man Who Knew, by Dorothy L Sayers, and The Girl with the Silver Eyes, by Dashiell Hammett

Cost: £46.50


gaskell.jpg2North & South by Elizabeth Gaskell  C3126145

At: Most Holy Trinity RC Church Parish Room, 20 New Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2EE

Seven sessions start: 4 October 2018.  Finishes 22 November 2018

Times: 2pm – 4 pm

This classic novel examines the progress of the industrial revolution through the perceptions of a fictional heroine, Margaret Hale.  We will be looking at Gaskell’s role as a novelist, her portrayal of mid-Victorian England and the literary themes and characterisations, as we discuss the novel in comfortable sections.

Cost: £54



Clevedon – CASA

gaskellNorth and South: Elizabeth Gaskell

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

6 sessions: starts 7 November 2018.

Time: 10.30 – 12.45

Booking information: email casa2012clevedon@gmail.com

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

Cost: £60



Do get in touch with me if you would like more information on any of these courses, or to talk about other opportunities.


27 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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