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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Away Day

Hello to all my lovely followers and commenters, if you're wondering where I am today (and part of yesterday) I'm attending this course (above) in Bournemouth run by the writing Guru, Della Galton.

I decided I needed my short story/novel writing whipping into shape and apparently this course is 'not for the faint hearted'.   Should I be quaking in my boots?

So have any of you attended this course or something similar and how much did it help your writing success?

Once again, I'm all ears...

Having completed my 4 submissions for January, here's this month's round up so far for the Write1 Sub1 Challenge : I completed a 150 word flash fiction for a competition this week, while last week I sent of 3 poems and 3 haikus to a magazine.
 I'm still feeling rather washed out, so I'm hoping my 'vim and vigour' will be restored by next week.


  1. Looking forward to hearing all about the course.

  2. Well done keeping up with Write 1 Sub 1! Hope the course helps with what you need, I'm looking forward to hearing all about it.

  3. I don't know how you're doing it! I'm totally whipped and it's only February!!! Good luck with all the subs and hope the class not only helps, but that you find it much less intimidating than you expect :)

  4. Oh wow!!! Enjoy your course!! Awwww you'll be fine - you have a writer's heart and passion and are pretty darned good too with your stories, so there!!!

    Yay for your write1sub1 challenge too!!! Here's hoping this weekend will imbue you with vim and vigour!! Hey, the sun's out!! Yay! Take care

  5. Well done, fellow Juggernaut! No writing courses for me yet, but I've been to a writers' conference here in San Diego and it was very encouraging to hear tricks of the trade from published authors.

  6. Hope you will share the insight you gain. I've been to a couple of workshops. I entered nervously but left happily. You meet so many nice people there's no edge to being there. Enjoy!

  7. Della's the queen of short story writing so I'm sure you'll learn a lot. Although I haven't attended a course I did meet her briefly at The Winchester Writer's Conference a few years ago and found her very helpful :o)

  8. Hoo-boy, I can't begin to tell you how much a two week live workshop I went to helped me. It definitely took me to the next level.

    My writing became crisper and more deliberate. It was liberating to be around people you could talk to face to face.

    It was also very hard and sometimes ego-crushing. But I wouldn't trade that experience for anything. It changed me as a writer.

    I hope your experience is the same.

  9. I hope you enjoy the course. I have never done anything like that, so I shall be very interested in what you think of it. Well done for all your submissions!

  10. I've not attended anything yet but am looking into some workshops and retreats in my area. Best wishes.

  11. Hi Madeleine

    Hope the course went well ... looking forward to hearing the wisdom!

    I'm thinking I need to be thinking about doing something like this!

    I hope you are not feeling too whacked.


  12. I've learned so much from the classes I've taken over the years. I also enjoy the scads of concentrated info I get from writers' conferences. This year I'll be attending two -- the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in Fort Collins in March and the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Conference in Denver in September.

  13. So how did it go? Did you come away quaking or full of renewed vigour?


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