Author Archives: Jon

Creative Writing for All starts Jan 14

I’m happy to announce that creative writing courses in Bute Park get back on track in the new year with a Creative Writing For All course starting on January 14 for six Sundays.  Classes run from 1.30-3pm and the cost … Continue reading

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More courses in the new year

Once again I apologise to all those who’ve contacted me asking about courses recently.  At the moment I’m fully engaged in the campaign for my children’s book Thimble Monkey Superstar to win the 2017 Lollies, for which it was shortlisted … Continue reading

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Oct 8: free talk by Jon Blake on writing for children

As you’ll see from the previous article, your Bute Park tutor has been shortlisted for the Lollies (Laugh Out Loud awards) 2017 for Thimble Monkey Superstar.  It’s also 30 years since I came to Cardiff – years in which I’ve … Continue reading

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Cardiff author shortlisted for Lollies

I’m delighted to announce that your Bute Park tutor has been shortlisted for a major award, the 2017 Lollies (Laugh Out Loud awards), for Thimble Monkey Superstar. Fear not, this will not affect the price of creative writing courses in … Continue reading

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More courses planned

Can You Write For Children? has now drawn to a successful conclusion but I shall be running more courses this year. As always I am interested to hear what you are looking for – I’m qualified to teach novel or … Continue reading

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Due to demand, another Can You Write For Children? course starts March 5th

Can You Write for Children?, starting Sunday Jan 8th, is now fully booked, but as demand has been so strong I am running a second course after the current one ends. The course will begin on March 5th for six … Continue reading

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Can You Write for Children? Jan-Feb 2017

By popular demand, the next course in Bute Park will be Can You Write for Children?  Over six Sundays we will look at the basics of plot, character and voice in writing stories for children of all ages.  The price … Continue reading

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Jon Blake at Waterstones, 8 October

Besides teaching creative writing at Bute Park I do occasionally write books (60 at the last count) and for this reason will be appearing this Saturday (8 Oct) as part of the Firefly Day at Waterstones Cardiff.  I’ll be reading … Continue reading

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Writing Short Stories starts 25 Sept

The next course at Bute Park will be Writing Short Stories, running from Sunday 25 Sept to 30 October.  Classes will be from 1.30 to 3pm each week.  The course will be suitable for people of any experience and the … Continue reading

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Free author visits by Jon Blake

This summer it will be thirty years since my first YA novel, Yatesy’s Rap, was published by Penguin Books.  Fifty-nine books have followed, including the 200,000 selling You’re A Hero Daley B (Axel Scheffler’s first picture book), the 70,000 selling … Continue reading

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