The Writing Retreat –  just two rooms left for autumn 2017

The Writing Retreat is a collaboration between me and Kath Morgan, a writing tutor and mentor from South Cornwall. Here is what guests at our recent retreats have said about their time with us.

We run retreats throughout the year on topics such as the Craft of Writing, Narrative Structure, Life Writing and Time to Write. We provide an all-inclusive residential week in which you can write in peace and quiet, with delicious food, good company, a mid-week guest author and the support of me and Kath as resident tutors. Places fill up quickly and many of our guests return regularly. Our Life Writing week from 31 October-5 November at Bosloe – a beautiful National Trust house overlooking the Helford Passage –  has just two lovely rooms left. Find out more and book your place here.

Creative writing in Mylor Bridge – autumn dates

I run a monthly Saturday morning writing session in Mylor Bridge, on the coast between Falmouth and Truro. If you’re in the area and would like to join this friendly, informal ‘drop in’ group, our autumn meetings are from 10.00am-12 noon on 7 October, 11 November and 9 December. The group meets in Tremayne Hall, in the centre of Mylor Bridge, with free parking available across the road in the village car park.

There is no critiquing, but lots of stimulus for new writing and the chance to share and compare responses to prompts and triggers that get the juices flowing. If you want to make more time for your own creativity, these relaxed monthly get-togethers are the perfect way to make writing part of your regular routine. The fee is £7.00 per person, which includes coffee, tea and biscuits. Just bring your pen and notebook – new faces are always welcome.

If you’d like to receive regular alerts about these sessions, contact me here.

Writing for health and wellbeing

One of my passions as a writer is the way the pen can help people as part of general health and wellbeing, and as part of counselling. I’m involved with the Cornwall branch of Lapidus UK, which runs events to raise awareness of this sort of writing, encouraging more people to try it. We have regular get togethers in Truro, with workshops led by Lapidus members, and a chance to swap information and inspiration about expressive writing. I am not a counsellor myself but I am trained in bereavement support, through Cruse UK. U run training sessions for counselling teams and organisations providing support to bereaved people, and those with a general interest in writing for wellbeing. Find out more here.