Life has been full and interesting over the last few weeks so I have made some changes to the dates of workshops. From now on both the "Write Your Life Story" and the "Gwrych Writing Group" will meet during the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. This gives some continuity to my life as well as yours
Occasionally I send letters to those on my mailing list via Tinyletter.com. I have had to do the GDPR thing and hopefully have deleted who I should and kept who I should but you can never be too sure. Not that I would share any contact details with anyone without their permission. But I thought I would share the newsletter :)
I always say that to attend my writing workshops it does not matter what level of writing you are at - beginner or already published - because they are fun and pull ideas out. But what amazes me is the standard of storytelling that I get to hear. People are amazing storytellers. Someone said that the thing that makes humans different from animals is their love of story telling. Whatever we do we have to turn it into an event.
But what I see week after week is these amazing people who can write so well that really all I am there for it to get that out of them.
Last night I had three amazing ladies at the workshop. One who has been with me since I started, one that joined last summer and one who is relatively new. The standard of work that comes from the rough work we do is amazing. As I have to keep saying this is unedited, raw work and yet some of it would win competitions even before editing.
But if you have not attended a Barefoot At The Kitchen Table workshop before do not be put off. Come and see what you have hidden inside that you were not sure was there. Each session stands alone so do not feel like you are coming on a course. Just come and see what comes forth :)
Every other Wednesday from 11am-12.30 "Write Your Life Story" at Pensarn. £5 per person per session - plus bring an extra £2 for delicious cake and tea or coffee
Thursdays - afternoons from 1.30-3pm and then 6.30-8pm in the Countess's Writing Room at Gwrych Castle, Abergele. £7.50 per person per session with £2.50 going to The Gwrych Preservation Trust.
All of us need routine and discipline but we also need support. I always think for those of us who are writers but also have other jobs (for myself I have 2 self-employed jobs plus 1 volunteering job) that finding that time and space to write is so hard. And as I was saying to my class yesterday to be a good writer you also need to find time to read, which is something people again push to one side and don't see as important.
So my routine ...
No matter what you say we all have insecurities that inhibit our writing. Perhaps one day I should set a workshop that just gives us writing prompts on our insecurities. My friend Jan from Cinnamon Press gave the prompt "Why do I write?" the other day. That can cause great angst even though it was meant to encourage; why do I bother to write? what is the point of writing? etc
As i said in my last post I'm editing a novel and writing a book about a project. It all sounds so simple when put like that but the "how?" question comes to mind and as I've just had a revelation in how to make my novel come together I thought I'd share it. There nearly as many ways to write a novel as there are novelists so for each of us we have to pick the one that works for us.
Happy New Year and welcome to a wild and windy 2018!
Hope you haven't made too many resolutions you aren't going to be able to keep. My big ones this year are to keep this website more up to date with a weekly blog post and dates of up and coming workshops on it. As well as writing at least 500 words each morning before breakfast. That isn't a punishment. It is because I'm most creative over that first cup of tea. I do need to be more focused on my writing because I have a novel that I have been writing that needs to be pulled together and found a publisher, and have been commission to write a book about a project I'm doing called "Gwrych and The Great War: People and Place". I have mentioned before about looking for writers to help me with this. If you are interested please let me know.
So start dates:
Gwrych Writing Group - restarts on Thursday 18th January.
The afternoon group - 1.30-3pm will be at The Countess's Writing Room at Gwrych Castle where we'll make sure the fire is burning bright and warm.
The evening group - 6.30-8pm will be at my house in Sea Road, Abergele, from 18th Jan until the group decides it is light enough to go to Gwrych in the evenings, which is much more atmospheric than my dining table
Cost - £7.50 with £2.50 going to Gwrych Preservation Trust (whilst the evening sessions are at my house the cost will be £5 but with the opportunity to donate to Gwrych Preservation Trust if you wish
As each session is stands independently feel free to come when you can but do let me know with 24 hours notice if possible (though I do understand things happen both making it possible to come and also not possible) on firstname.lastname@example.org so that I know numbers and can let you know if there is a session that week as there will be gaps due to holidays and other commitments from me :)
Write Your Life Story - restarts on Wednesday 24th January and runs fortnightly (but please email to check dates)
We will continue using the lovely room at Gwesty Glyndwr in Pensarn with the chance to enjoy their wonderful cakes made fresh that day and good coffee and tea.
Time - 11am - 12.30pm
Cost - £5 per session plus bring extra for the lovely refreshments
Again each session does stand independently but please do let me know if you're coming giving 24 hours notice is possible by emailing me on email@example.com
Hope to see you at one of these. And if you can't come then do tell a friend
Hello and welcome to Autumn,
This is a time of year I love though as I look out of my study window to the rain streaming down this morning I do wonder. I do love the nights drawing in and the trees turning colour but I must say I do prefer if to be dry and sunny when it does this. Though to look with a writer or artist's eye at the clouds I realise that they aren't that solid block of grey but are multi-layered with some darker greys rushing over lighter grey. But all still grey none the less. I think there is a bit of a life lesson in this too. Sometimes we look at our darker times of life as being solid gloom when in fact they are multifaceted. Note too that this word when broken up says "multi" - many, "face". Many faces. In fact the whole of life is like that - a time of many faces.
This last month has been amazing and so full it is hard to know where to start. I could list everything in bullet points but that would not show the excitement of it all. I could chatter on and then you'd get lost. So I'll do what I do best and write a bit and see what comes out.
I've put in the picture of my dog because he is certainly one who lives life to the full. Everything he does he loves doing and he's always up for whatever is suggested.