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Writing Inspiration – June

Inspiration is all around you. Take time to slow down for a few minutes every day and just observe what is going on around you. I find characters for my stories and poems on trains and buses, in cafes and in museums and libraries. Carry a notebook wherever you go. Jot down any brief details […]

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Evesham Festival of Words – Meet Up for Local Writers, Readers, Artists, Song Writers…

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 5th July 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 […]

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Writing Inspiration – May

Wherever you are – switch your phone off, make sure you are fully paying attention to what is around you and go for a short walk. Take note of any people you walk past, together with houses or shops. Notice colours, sounds, smells and textures. Find a café you haven’t been to before. Order a […]

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Writing Inspiration – April

The more you create – the more ideas you will find! Every idea can be recycled and used in different ways, so there is no reason to ever suffer from the dreaded ‘writer’s block.’ If this does happen, it can often be due to exhaustion – you’ve been working too hard and haven’t made time […]

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Writing Success: poetry, flash fiction & short story exercises

This book was published a year ago and is available in both paperback and Kindle versions.  You can buy it using the flash ‘buttons’ on the publications page of my website! “Writing Success” is a useful book for all writers. It encourages you to take the Alice in Wonderland approach – grow your words and […]

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Writing Retreats

We all need to re-charge our batteries sometimes! As a writer, a good way to do this is to go on a writing retreat. This is different from a workshop in that more time is allocated for you to explore your own ideas and gain some much-needed breathing space. Many people turn down the opportunity […]

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Writing Inspiration – March

Go shopping for interesting characters. Sit in a shopping mall or café and, without making it too obvious, note down a few details about the people around you. See if you can use all the senses! Think about : The colour a person is wearing – or are they wearing something that clashes? What is […]

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Writing Workshop – Tudor House, Friar Street, Worcester – Saturday 7th October

Unfortunately, the workshop planned for Saturday 4th March had to be postponed. This will now take place on Saturday 7th October from 10.30 – 1.00. There will be more news about this soon – but for further details and to book a place contact www.tudorhouse.org.uk or phone 01905 612309. No previous writing experience necessary – […]

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Writing Inspiration – February

For this exercise you will need a notebook, pen and kitchen timer. Allow fifteen minutes. Pick a colour. Set the timer for two minutes. Free-write (this means write as quickly as you can without crossing out or censoring) until the time runs out. Pick a sound. This could be something you can actually hear at […]

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A New Challenge 2017

My partner Bob Woodroofe has set me an interesting challenge for this year. As many of you know, I started writing a poem a day as my personal challenge for 2013 – and I found it generated so many great ideas that I’ve carried on doing it ever since. Obviously, not all the poems are […]

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