September course full: another now scheduled for October 28

wsfc oct 2018The 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.

Writing Stories for Children starts 16 Sept

sept course correct

The next course at Bute Park will be Writing Stories For Children – 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.

 

The Night Fogs – first post-Brexit novel?

night fogs launch 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a new relevance after the referendum, one reason why publishers Holland House were keen to sign up this previously unpublished author.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.