The Writing Retreat –  dates for 2020 coming soon

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 are putting the finishing touches to our programme for 2020; residential week-long retreats in spring and autumn plus winter and summer Sundays at Devoran Village Hall and Mylor Yacht Club, near Falmouth. More news about those soon. 

Creative writing in Mylor Bridge – dates for autumn 2019

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. If you’re in the area and would like to join this friendly, informal ‘drop in’ group, our next meetings are on 7 September in Tremayne Hall on Lemon Hill, 5 October at the Ord-Statter Pavilion on Watering Road in Mylor Bridge, and 2 November and 14 December back at Tremayne Hall. Both venues have free parking close by.

There is no critiquing, 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, which includes coffee, tea and some scrumptious biscuits. Just bring your pen and notebook; new faces are always welcome.

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

Writing a community novel

In October 2017 I embarked on a three year research project to create something I am calling 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 ‘Can the novel be a vehicle for community participation?’ Two years later I am having fun finding out with a group of volunteers and others more widely in the community. Together we are planning and drafting a story which is set in a place not entirely unlike the villages and coastal area in which we were working, and with a cast of fictional characters and some strong themes that have arisen from what we see around us. We are using a mix of pens and paper, laptops, smart phones and apps, finding out what works and what a novel can be when it is written not by one author but many, with others in the community contributing ideas and inspiration. 

If you live in the Parish of Mylor, or have a personal connection to the community, you can be involved as a writer, information-gather or reader. We meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons and there are opportunities to get involved online too. Contact me for 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 general health and well being, 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 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 well being, find out more here.