The Writing Retreat 2020 

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 the pandemic we are now offering retreats online via Zoom. During the recent lockdown we have run three online half-day retreats, and are planning more for autumn 2020, and 2021. Read more about our 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. During the Coronavirus lockdown these meetings are taking place via Zoom but I hope to be able to offer face to face meetings with social distancing one lockdown guidelines allow, with online meetings continuing as a alternative for hose who are further afield.   

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, payable by bank transfer in advance.  Just bring your pen and notebook; new faces are always welcome. In non-lockdown  times we meet at Tremayne Hall on Lemon Hill, Mylor Bridge TR11 5NE. There is free parking and level access to the room. Online meetings take place on Zoom.  

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 finding the answer with a group of volunteers and others more widely in the community around the Parish of Mylor.  The novel, entitled Trevow, is being 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 wellbeing

One of my passions as a writer is the way writing can help people as part of their health and wellbeing. 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 meetings 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.