The Writing Retreat 2020 Corvid-19 update 

The Writing Retreat is a collaboration between me and Kath Morgan, a writing tutor and coach from South Cornwall. Here is what guests at our recent retreats have said about their time with us. In normal times we offer fully residential retreats of five nights several times a year, in which you need not lift a finger other than to hold a pen or tap on the laptop. In the winter and summer we run monthly mini retreats on Sundays in venues near Falmouth. Because of Corvid-19 we are now offering retreats online and considering other ways to bring writers together using the magic of Zoom. Read more about our 2020 programme here

Creative writing in Mylor Bridge – dates for 2020

I run a monthly Saturday morning writing session from 10.00am to 12 noon in Mylor Bridge, on the south coast between Falmouth and Truro. These are usually on the last Saturday morning of the month. In the current lock down situation these meetings are taking place via Zoom but I hope to be able to resume face to face meetings with social distancing, once the lock down is lifted.  

There is no critiquing in our meetings, but lots of stimulus for new writing with prompts and triggers that get the creative juices flowing in a mix of prose, poetry, life writing and fiction. If you want more time for your 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.  Just bring your pen and notebook; new faces are always welcome. In non-Corvid-19 times we meet in the Pope Room at Tremayne Hall on Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge TR11 5NE. There is free parking and level access to the room. For the moment we meet online and I can provide the link to Zoom by email. 

If you’d like to receive regular alerts about these sessions, sign up here.

‘Trevow’, the community novel

In October 2017 I embarked on a three-year research project to create something I call a ‘community novel’. I’m based at Falmouth University and I’m grateful to the Arts and Humanities Research Council for funding me full time for three years.

My question is ‘How can the novel be a vehicle for community participation?’ I am having fun finding out with a group of volunteers and others more widely in the community around the Parish of Mylor. Together we have planned and drafted a story using a mix of pens and paper, laptops, smart phones and apps. The novel, titled Trevow, is serialised and shared online as it develops. Many people are contributing, whether as writers, or by providing other kinds of help as readers, researchers and community participants.  

You can read it here and contact me for more information here.

Writing for health and well being

One of my passions as a writer is the way writing can help people as part of their health and wellbeing, and as part of counselling. I’m a member of  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 Cornwall with workshops led by Lapidus members, and a chance to swap information and inspiration about expressive writing.

I am not a qualified counsellor but I am trained in bereavement support through Cruse Bereavement Care. I run training sessions for counselling teams and organisations providing support to bereaved people, and those with a general interest in writing for well being.

I tutor a Special Study Unit in journal writing for personal development with junior doctors at the Peninsular Medical School and I am a Director of Arts Well, a Community Interest Company promoting the arts as part of health and social care in Cornwall.

If you’re interested in writing for wellbeing, find out more here.