The next course at Bute Park will be Creative Writing For All, a general creative writing class suitable for people of all ages and experience. As always, the emphasis will be on learning through doing; writing in a relaxed and encouraging environment and having fun doing it. The course will be tailored to the interests of those taking part; you will be able to write for whatever age-range and genre you prefer. It will run on Sundays from June 5 to July 10, 1.30 to 3pm, and the price will be £95 (£85 for those who’ve done a previous course). There is a numbers limit on courses to ensure that everybody gets sufficient attention, so it’s a good idea to book early. Check out the other pages here for details of the venue and tutor, and book here. Ring Jon Blake on 07599 203480 or email for further details.
Please note: owing to a large increase in room hire rates I’ve made a small increase to the concessionary rates. Email me for details of how to enrol if unwaged.
Sorry – workshop now full. Next course starts June 5.
On Sunday 15th May I’m running a workshop for anyone who is interested in writing for children. Can You Write A Children’s Book? will look at the basics of plot, character and voice, giving participants the chance to write a story under the guidance of Cardiff’s most successful children’s author for the past thirty years. The workshop will run from 1 to 3pm in the beautiful and spacious setting of the Bute Park Education Centre – and should you choose to take the six-week course on writing for children which will start soon after, I’ll discount the £12 from the price.
As always with my courses, experienced writers and novices are equally welcome. If you’re full of doubt, fear not! You won’t be by the end of the workshop. Any questions, give me a ring on 07599 203480 or email me.
Numbers are limited to ensure everyone gets enough attention, so book early.
Stop press: the next course will be now be a general creative writing course which will include writing for children if there is interest in this. Students can use the £12 discount on this or wait for the next Writing for Children course.
The next course at Bute Park will be slightly different from its predecessors. It’s an opportunity for those with work in progress, or planning to write a story, novel or script, to get expert feedback through a series of six workshops, at the usual price of £95 (£85 for past students, further concessions if you’re unwaged). This in my opinion is a better option than paying an editor for online feedback, besides being considerably cheaper!
If there is anyone who wants to write, but it is not sure what, you are also welcome: you’ll get the support and inspiration you need.
As always, I welcome writers of any experience. Numbers will be limited; you can book a place here. Email me if you have any questions, or phone 07599 203480.
Please note: this course will now run till May 1st. If you want to attend any of the remaining workshops, it is now possible to book by the week.
This month Creative Writing in the Park reached 5000 unique visits. The current course is number thirteen and Bute Park Education Centre has also hosted a number of one-off events: don’t miss the next one, Meet the Publishers, on Feb 28th.
The Bute Park courses have been designed to suit writers of varying experience. However, as there are now so many ex-students wanting to continue writing, I’m now planning a course, Advanced Creative Writing, which will give more experienced writers the chance to workshop work in progress or gain the motivation to get going with projects they are planning. As always I promise a standard of tuition equal to that which you would expect at a university, at a price most can afford (there are also concessions for the unwaged).
The provisional starting date for this six-week course is March 13th (excluding Easter Sunday), so if you are interested, drop me a line to a reserve a place or ask any questions you may have.
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In response to popular demand, I’ve organised a question-and-answer session with Susie Wild, publishing editor for Parthian Books, on Sunday February 28th. There will be a numbers limit, so as always it’s best to book well in advance: the cost is just £10. Once you’ve booked, feel free to email me with any question you may have: that way I can collate the most common questions and make sure these get covered.
The session will start at 1pm in the Bute Park Education Centre and last about one and a half hours. Details of how to find the centre can be found here.
I can now confirm that the next course at Bute Park, Writing Short Stories, will begin on Sunday January 17th, running as usual for six Sundays from 1.30 to 3pm. You are welcome regardless of experience. The cost is £95 (£85 for those who’ve done a previous course). Early booking is advised as there is a numbers limit on all courses to ensure everyone gets sufficient attention.
Update: the course is now underway but I can take two more students at £16 per week: email me or ring 07599 203480.
The next course at Bute Park will be Creative Writing For All, a general creative writing class suitable for people of all ages and experience. As always, the emphasis will be on learning through doing; writing in a relaxed and encouraging environment and having fun doing it. The course will run on Sundays from November 1 to December 6, 1.30 to 3pm, and the price will be £95 (£85 for those who’ve done a previous course). There is a numbers limit on courses to ensure that everybody gets sufficient attention, so it’s a good idea to book early. Check out the other pages here for details of the venue and tutor, and book here. Ring Jon Blake on 07599 203480 or (029) 20213053 if you want to know more.
Our first writing weekend in the Beacons, back in May, was a fantastic success. Now I’m holding another, between 4-6 September: once again the venue is the lovely Cilwych Farm Cottages, near Bwlch, and as always I shall be promising high-quality tuition tailored to each individual’s needs.
You may be aware that the cost of most writing weekends is between £300 and £400. This does not reflect the cost of staging them but the greed of those eager to cash in on the many people eager to improve their creative writing.
I do not want to see a world in which we only read the words of the wealthy. That is why the cost of my writing retreats reflects the cost of accommodation (you’ll get your own room), evening meals, and the minimum tuition rate recommended by the Society of Authors. The Brecon weekend will therefore cost £150.
For more details of the retreat please visit www.writingweekends.co.uk. Numbers are limited and many places are already taken, so early booking is advised. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Following the success of the writing workshop for 8-11s in May, I’m holding another, this time for 8-12s, on Thursday July 30th. The session will run from 1 to 3pm at the Bute Park Education Centre and the cost will be £10. Parents/carers are welcome to watch, or even join in! To book go here.
For more details about my record as a writer and tutor, go here.
The next course at Bute Park Education Centre will be on scriptwriting. It will run for six weeks, from 13 September to 18 October, and cost £95 (£85 for those who’ve done a previous course). Classes will take place from 1.30 to 3pm.
The course is open to all regardless of experience and as ever I shall adapt it to the interests of those taking part. However, I expect us to look at writing for TV, radio and live performance, as well as the new areas opened up by the internet.
I wrote my first play for television in 1986 and have since written numerous tv plays, animation scripts, radio scripts and playscripts for use in schools. In 1996 my play “Life” was shortlisted for the Writers Guild Best Childrens TV Script and in 2001 I won a BBC Talent award for radio situation comedy. I’ve previously taught scriptwriting for the Universities of Newport and Glamorgan, and Script Cymru. But nowhere in my opinion rivals Bute Park as a venue for creative writing workshops!
Places as always are limited so that everyone can get sufficient feedback on their writing. To book, go here. If you have any enquiries, email me or ring 07599 203480.