My Year of Living Dangerously Begins!

I am currently feeling the most excited that I’ve felt since my first novel was published in 2011.

The reason is that I’ve focused on what I really want from my writing – and I’m going for it with all my heart and soul. I realised I didn’t want what everyone else seems to be chasing – an agent and a big publishing deal. I can see that these things come at a price and I don’t want to be pigeon-holed or tied into someone else’s production schedule or agenda.

I have a list of books that I intend to publish over the next year under my Toadstone Press imprint. (A toadstone – for those who don’t know – is a precious jewel said to be found in the heads of very old toads. The possession of one is said to give the person protection from all evil, wealth and creative energy). As one of my power animals is a toad – this seemed to fit the bill.

I don’t care if my various projects attract no interest or if people think I’m crazy. My energy and focus is on ‘doing.’ However, I have a feeling that because I feel so much better spiritually having made the decision, that this will work out.

The books will be a mixture of novels, poetry and publications aimed at helping other writers. My (very short) book on Synaesthesia is nearly ready to go!

More news soon.


Sensory Workout for Writers – Thursday 8th November – The Almonry, Evesham – 11.00 – 1.00

There are only ten places available – so book your place now!

The Workshop will take place in the atmospheric setting of The Almonry, Evesham.

I will be giving tips on how to nurture the writer within, maintain creative energy and be more productive.

The morning will also include short writing exercises aimed at creating unforgettable characters and settings.

The cost is £15 to include tea, coffee, biscuits and home-made cake.

Creative Writing Workshop – Saturday 6th October – The Commandery, Worcester

I am very much looking forward to running this workshop at The Commandery in Worcester on Saturday 6th October from 10.30 – 1.30.

The cost of the workshop is £20 and I will be donating all the money to the Battle of Worcester Society.

Since I became a self-employed writer in 2005, I have donated a workshop every year to a good cause. (It is my way of ‘giving back’ because I feel very fortunate to be spending all day, every day doing work that I love). I have a passion for history and am currently making notes for a series of projects that will centre on the English Civil War, so it seems fitting to make the Battle of Worcester Society my good cause for this year.

The workshop will be suitable for all writers – from beginners to the more experienced. The cost of the workshop includes tea, coffee, biscuits and home-made cake.

To book a place, please contact Christine Shaw on 01905 358640 or email her on seashells84@sky.com



Flash Fiction & Poetry Workshops – Cheltenham – Second Tuesday of the Month

I run these workshops with Joy Thomas at The Suffolk Anthology Bookshop, Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham on the second Tuesday of the month from 10.30 – 1.00.

The cost is £12 and this includes a cup of tea or coffee.

For further information and to book a place, please contact me: sue.r.johnson@outlook.com


Right to Write Workshops – Tesco St Oswalds, Gloucester

Joy Thomas and I offer a monthly workshop in the Community Room in Tesco, St Oswalds Road, Gloucester – usually on the second Wednesday of the month.

The workshops run from 10.30 – 12.30 and cost £8.00.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

The next workshop is on Wednesday 12th September. For further details and to book a place, please contact Sue on 01386 446477.


Evesham Festival of Words Flash Fiction Group – Brew Bear Cafe – Monday 10th September

If you’re anywhere near Evesham, come and join us. Bring a short piece of writing to share with the group. We meet at 2.00 for one hour. The prompt for this meeting is: ”Time for the reaper…”  Don’t worry about going off at a tangent or if the finished piece is miles away from the starting point. The key thing is to write. If you live nowhere near Evesham, then feel free to try this prompt anyway. Let me know how you get on with it.

The next meeting will be on Monday 8th October and the prompt is: “It was a season of mists…”


Meet the Authors – Evesham Festival of Words – Next event Friday 14th September

The next session will be on Friday 14th September starting at 11.00 a.m. The visiting authors are:

Stan Brotherton

Alice Castle

Jo Rowe

The idea of these sessions is that people have a chance to meet some of the writers involved, buy their books and ask questions. We are especially keen to help and encourage new writers and nurture local talent. The sessions are free and coffee, tea and biscuits are provided. For further information, please contact the Library or Sue Johnson 0n 01386 446477.


Evesham Festival of Words – Meet Up for Local Writers, Readers, Artists, Song Writers – First Wednesday of the month

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th September at Jellypicklejam in Vine Mews.  The meeting is for anyone who is interested in anything creative – and we also welcome readers. (Every writer needs readers!) We start at 10.30 and stay until about midday. The aim is to give people a chance to network, discuss ideas and promote anything they may be doing. Please bring any leaflets, business cards, books – and come and enjoy great company, good coffee and lovely cake. For more information, please contact me on 01386 446477.


Happy Friday 13th!

Today is the day I’ve made a major decision with regard to my work – more news later.

It is also a new moon – so a great time for starting new projects and planting seeds.

Write a wish list. Visualise it all manifesting itself.


A Town Like Evesham

Local singer-songwriter Colin Pitts, Evesham poet Bob Woodroofe and I have united to produce a CD of poems and songs called ‘A Town Like Evesham.’

The CD is available from The Almonry Tourist Information Centre, Evesham, Jellypicklejam café and by getting in touch with Colin at www.colinpitts.co.uk or Bob at www.greenwoodpress.co.uk or email me at sue.r.johnson@outlook.com