The Writing Retreat

The Writing Retreat is a collaboration between me and Kath Morgan, a fellow writing tutor in South Cornwall. Pre-pandemic we offered day courses and fully residential writing retreats of five nights several times a year. Covid has changed the way we work and our retreats are now online with a choice of short courses, three-hour workshops and live events on Zoom. We hope to resume ‘real’ activities in 2022 and if you sign up to receive our news you’ll be among the first to know when residential events go on sale again.

Sign up for The Writing Retreat news here, and you’ll also receive some free tips and an example of one our our introductory workshops.   

Mylor Writers

I run a monthly Saturday morning writing session from 10.00am to 12 noon in Mylor Bridge, on the Cornish south coast near Falmouth. These meetings take place face to face with appropriate social distancing. If you are unable to attend in person you can attend the Zoom session, which has similar content, on the following Wednesday evening.  

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, 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. Dates for winter and spring 2022 are here

If you’d like to receive regular alerts about these sessions, including details of how to pay, directions to the venue in Mylor Bridge, and Zoom links, please contact me here.

‘Trevow’, the community novel

In October 2017 I embarked on a PhD 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 a coastal parish in Cornwall. 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 can help people as part of their health and wellbeing; something which is more important now, as we live through a pandemic, than ever before. I’m a member of Lapidus UK, which runs events to raise awareness of writing for wellbeing, encouraging more people to try it. We have regular meetings in Cornwall with workshops led by Lapidus members, and a chance to share 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 is 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.