By popular demand there’s been a rejigging of courses this summer. The Writing Short Fiction course has been postponed to the autumn so as not to take up so many June weekends, and in its place will be a number of one-off workshops. The first will be a taster workshop for the Short Fiction course: Writing Monologues will take place on Sunday June 2, 1.30-3pm and cost just £12. Anyone who then books onto the autumn course will get a £10 discount from this.
Your tutor is a BBC Talent award winner for radio comedy and a Writers Guild award shortlisted television scriptwriter, besides being the author of over sixty titles. Feel free to email me or ring 07599 203480 if you have any questions about the workshop, which will be suitable for writers of any experience or none.
To book onto the course go here. .
The next course at Bute Park will be Writing Short Fiction, running on Sunday afternoons from 12 May to 16 June. I’ve run numerous Writing Short Stories courses, which have always proved popular, but now I’m introducing the option of writing dramatic monologues as well. This opens up the possibility for students of getting their work performed online or onstage.
As always, the workshops will run from 1.30 to 3pm in the Bute Park Education Centre, and writers of any or no experience are welcome to take part. You’re guaranteed to find the sessions both relaxed and businesslike; your tutor has forty years’ experience of guiding creative writing and a long successful track record as both an author and playwright. If you have any questions, feel free to email me or ring 07599 203480.
Course postponed – see above
This year I celebrate 35 years as a published writer, 40 years as a qualified teacher, and six years of running courses in Bute Park Education Centre. The popularity of classes in this fantastic venue means that I am now running more of them than ever. So hot on the heels of January’s Creative Writing for All, here comes Writing Stories For Children, starting March 3 – always a popular course, so book early!
Over six Sundays we will look at the basics of plot, character and voice in writing stories for children of all ages. The price will be £95 (£85 if you’ve previously taken a course), with concessions for the unwaged if spaces are available. As always the course will be suitable for adults of any experience, and if you are beset by doubts about putting pen to paper, fear not! Just give me a ring on 07599 203480 to discuss the course, or email me. You can hear tuition from a previous course on this page.
Creative Writing for All, the 22nd course to be be held at Bute Park, is now full – but fear not, there will be plenty more courses to come this year to satisfy the demand for top quality creative writing tuition at a reasonable price. Follow this blog to hear of courses as soon as they are announced, or click on the links to Facebook and Twitter.
The next course at Bute Park will be a six week general creative writing course, Creative Writing for All. The price will be £95 (£85 if you’ve previously taken a course), with concessions for the unwaged if spaces are available. As always the course will be suitable for adults of any experience, and if you are beset by doubts about putting pen to paper, fear not! Just give me a ring on 07599 203480 to discuss the course, or email me.
Places on Bute Park courses are limited; they’re very popular and early booking is always advised. Book here.
The Writing Stories for Children course starting September 16 is now full, but due to demand I’m now running the same course from October 28 to December 2. Once again it will be suitable for adults of any experience and early booking is advised. As usual the price will be £95 (£85 if you’ve previously taken a course), with concessions for the unwaged if spaces are available.
You can hear tuition from a previous course on this page.If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me or ring 07599 203480.
Please note: there will be another Creative Writing for All general creative writing course starting Jan 13 2019 and you can now book for this on the booking page.
Octavos Bookshop in Cardiff Bay was packed to the rafters yesterday for the launch of The Night Fogs, Dale Frances Hay’s dystopian fantasy of a future Cardiff attacked by mysterious fogs. The first draft of the novel was written before the Brexit vote but thr story attained a new relevance after the referendum, one reason why publishers Holland House were keen to sign up this previously unpublished author. It’s a highly original work, touching on paganism, militarism and psychotherapy, and anchored in the relationship of two very different sisters.
Like many novels, The Night Fogs went through various revisions before reaching a publishable form, and it was a course at Bute Park which played an important role in this. Carry On Writing, run in the spring of 2016, was aimed at writers who already had works in progress. It attracted a fascinating mixture of writers, all very different yet equally interested in each other’s work, and the discussion and development of Dale’s novel was a demanding yet thoroughly rewarding aspect of the course.
I’ve not yet decided whether to run another Carry on Writing course, but if there is sufficient demand I shall certainly consider it. In the meantime I shall be running more of the other courses which have proved popular: Creative Writing for All, Writing Short Stories and Writing for Children. The next one will be in September. You do not have to be an aspiring novelist to take part. The aim of all courses is to take you forward as a writer: to motivate you and to increase your understanding of the art of writing. But if you do really want to get published, I shall certainly do my best to help you.
The Night Fogs is available at various outlets including Amazon.