Plans to restart courses (see below) have once again been set back by our viral enemy, but in the meantime I’ve launched a new website which I hope will be of use to writers amateur or professional. This is Adventures in the Wriggly Pig Trade, which discusses how I came to write some of my sixty-four books, provides insights into the life of a writer, and discusses issues relating to publishing for children and young adults. It’s a work in progress and I welcome comments and questions (just email me). I shall do my best to respond to any queries about writing, from the very basic to the mind-blowingly sophisticated.
Sadly the dreadful mishandling of the covid pandemic continues to make it impossible to meet in the Bute Park Education Centre, but it is still my plan to resume these popular courses in the new year, if necessary in an alternative venue, and anyone is welcome to contact me to book a place on the first available course without needing to pay up front.
In the meantime I have a new book out! The Thimble monkey books have been widely praised for teaching children about disability while actually making them laugh. The fourth in the series, Thimble and the Girl from Mars, is aimed squarely at those girls who mistakenly thought that the first three books were only for boys (they certainly weren’t, check the reviews!). TATGFM is my 64th book, and hopefully proof that I do have something to teach those of you who also aspire to write. You can buy signed copies at my author site.
Hoping to see you in the park eventually!
With courses still suspended, I am now offering a new way in which writers of any ability can develop their craft. For just £85 I will take you through a guided process which will end with the completion of an accomplished short story for children or adults. Tuition will be by email and (if you so choose) video calls over a six week period. While you may miss out on the sociable aspect of being part of a Bute Park course, you will get greater individual attention and the same well-established teaching methods from a highly experienced tutor and successful author.
Update: both live and online courses are currently suspended: see above for individual tuition. Enquiries are always welcome.
Trapped in the house? That need not stop you learning the art of creative writing! Courses in Bute Park, Cardiff may be temporarily suspended, but the workshops are simply shifting online, which means that anyone, anywhere can now take advantage of top-quality tuition at a bargain basement price: just £85 for six weeks. It is possible to take a general creative writing course, or a writing for children course, or even propose a course of your own choosing, and if enough people are interested, I will set up an online class. Virtual workshops normally take place on Sundays at 1.30pm, but with so many people off work or working at home, other times may be arranged to everybody’s convenience.
Check out the reviews and the other information available on this website, and if you’re interested, simply email me telling me what you want to study. When there are at least half a dozen people ready to study the same course, I’ll set it up and you can book here. You’ll get the same tuition as hundreds have received over eight years at Bute Park.
Writers of any experience, including beginners, are welcome. Numbers are inevitably limited, so if you fancy having a go, don’t delay!
The first course of the year is fully booked now, but never fear, here comes another. The ever-popular Writing Stories for Children (adult course) starts March 1st for six weeks, once again taught by the author of the 250,000-selling You’re A Hero Daley B, Children’s Book Award runner-up Little Stupendo, and 2017 Laugh Out Loud awards shortlisted Thimble Monkey Superstar. Experience is not necessary: wherever you are in terms of writing experience and confidence, the course will take you forward. As usual there will be six Sunday afternoon workshops, starting March 1st and ending April 5th, all for the modest price of £95, with two concessionary places for the unwaged. There are no lectures, just the opportunity to write and then get feedback on how to take that writing to the next level. You can hear a recording of part of a workshop here. Email me if you have any questions, or ring 07599 203480. Numbers are limited and early booking is always advised.
The next Bute Park creative writing course starts January 12. You can book a place here.
Please note: this course is now full but other courses will follow shortly: Writing Stories for Children (adult course) and another Creative Writing For All. Email me if you want to book a place on one of these.
The next course at Bute Park will be Creative Writing for All, a general creative writing course which as always will be tailored to the interests of the participants. The course starts on Nov 3, the price as usual will be £95 for six Sunday afternoon workshops and as usual you will have the services of a highly experienced tutor who also happens to be a prize-winning author and playwright! No experience is necessary: the course will build your know-how and confidence from whatever level you are presently at. Check out the reviews of past courses and email me if you have any questions, or call 07599 203480.
Numbers are limited so early booking is advised to guarantee a place. Some concessionary places are available for the unwaged.
The next Writing Stories for Children course starts on 15th September for 6 weeks.
The course had been scheduled to start on 8th Sept but has been put back owing to a number of students being unable to make the first workshop.
Workshops take place on Sunday afternoons in the beautiful setting of Bute Park, require no previous experience, and cost £95, with concessions for the unwaged if there are spaces available. You will have the services of Cardiff’s most widely published children’s author, a teacher of over forty years’ experience (read reviews of previous courses here). Call me on 07599 203480 if you want more info on the courses or simply need reassurance that creative writing is for you – people of any level of experience are welcome.
This summer I am bowing to numerous requests and organising writing masterclasses for children. These will be held at Insole Court, Llandaff, where I recently hosted a number of workshops for the Brilliant Books event. The first class will be on Tuesday 23 July, from 10.30am to 12 noon. It is aimed at young writers from 9 to 12 years old and costs £15. As with all of my workshops there will be a strict numbers limit, so early booking is advised.
It is not necessary for your child to be a genius to take the workshop, merely keen to write. I’ve been a qualified teacher for forty years and a published author for thirty-five: my successes include the picture book You’re A Hero Daley B (worldwide sales of over 250,000) and the junior comic novel Thimble Monkey Superstar, recently shortlisted for the Laugh Out Loud Awards (Lollies). I am a regular visitor to schools and libraries and hold a disclosure certificate.
Please feel free to email me or ring 07599 203480 if you have any questions, or if you’re interested in workshops for children of other ages.
For adult courses this autumn, see below.
It’s now possible to book for this autumn’s writing courses in Bute Park. Writing Stories for Children begins 8 September for 6 weeks; Creative Writing for All begins 3 November, also for 6 weeks. Workshops take place on Sunday afternoons in the beautiful setting of Bute Park, require no previous experience, and cost £95, with concessions for the unwaged if there are spaces available. You will have the services of a highly experienced tutor with over thirty-five years of experience as a professional author and scriptwriter. Call me on 07599 203480 if you want more info on the courses or simply need reassurance that creative writing is for you!
Creative writing courses in Bute Park have run successfully for over six years and are generally fully booked, so early booking is advised. Read reviews here. Listen to a workshop here. Follow us on facebook here.