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.
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. .
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.
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.