The Writing Retreat 2021 

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 running our Sunday retreats online and we will be offering further online courses shortly. We hope to resume our five-day residential retreats later in 2021 when lockdown restrictions have been lifted.

Read more about our programme here

Mylor Writers dates for 2021

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 meetings are currently taking place on Zoom but I hope to be able to offer face to face meetings again once the Covid 19 restrictions are lifted. When that happens I shall continue to offer Zoom meetings as well as ‘real’ meetings, so that people can attend from further afield.  

There is no critiquing in our Mylor Writers 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 to make time for your creativity and boost your wellbeing in 2021, these relaxed monthly get-togethers are the perfect way to make writing part of your regular routine.

The fee is £8.00 per person, payable in advance. Just bring your pen and notebook; new faces are always welcome.

If you’d like to receive regular alerts about these sessions, including details of how to pay and Zoom links, please sign up here.

‘Trevow’, the community novel

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

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 in Mylor, a coastal parish near Falmouth.  The novel, Trevow, is being serialised and shared online as it develops.

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 helps people as part of their health and wellbeing. I’m a member 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 trained in bereavement support through Cruse Bereavement Care and my book Writing in Bereavement, A Creative Handbook provides a guide for counsellors and volunteers supporting people after someone has died. I run training sessions for counselling teams and organisations looking to introduce writing into their methods of support in this field. 

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.