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Rachel Ward

Rachel is one of our favourite workshop leaders and led a brilliant workshop on plotting. Her book ‘Expiry Date’ is published by Sandstone Press and is one another in her cosy crime series of Ant and Bea mysteries. Watch my interview with Rachel below.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to submit your short story by December 2nd for possible inclusion in a simple lockdown anthology.

ANTHOLOGY UPDATE February 2021. All profit is going to one of our favourite charities, Young Carers. BLINK OF AN EYE is now ready and is being posted out to all those who pre-ordered. If you would like a copy please email and see below.

BLINK OF AN EYE – 26 great stories. We have a few spare copies to buy. £5.50 a copy plus postage which is £1.53 for one or two. Payment is by bank transfer. If you would like a copy please email me with your address and i will see if we have any left. All profit is going to Young Carers charity, children who look after their parents or siblings who need a bit of care themselves.

As a project for this second lockdown, we invited you to submit a short story in any genre of up to 600 words. This was not a competition but we selected 26 of the best and published them in a booklet.

Below is the list of a dozen words. The story had to incorporate at least 5 of the words in any way you like. If you want to try this, give your story a catchy title

Here is the list of words – Remember to use a minimum of 5.

Bluebottle Clock Fur Lavender Train Ella Fitzgerald Nylon shirt High heels

Seaweed Turpentine Burnt Toast Bonfire

Ready, steady, GO… ENJOY! Alex writingeventsbath@gmail.com

Also, see the new video i made, in between lockdowns, of Rachel Ward and her new book – Expiry Date. Please scroll down.

4 MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOPS – cancelled but will be held at a later date.

Im afraid this workshop is cancelled but I may do another workshop on the same theme later in the year, or next year – Please email if you would like to be on a list of interested people.

Meanwhile, Mary Griese, a favourite workshop leader, has had her first novel published by Y Lolfa and my conversation with her on video is below, so please scroll down, and get the book! It’s dark (Welsh Noir) beautifully written and a good read.

These workshops with Alex and her guest authors, are for anyone interested in writing a memoir, or wants to in use their own life as material in a novel or short stories. If you are writing fiction, the exercises will give you plenty of material for those telling details that bring a work alive.

We will do writing exercises to trigger memories, and look at examples of different types of memoir.

Just as in a novel we enjoy a beginning, middle and end, a memoir needs a structure. We will look at the different structures you can adopt to help shape your narrative and help you plan your project. Lots of hands-on creative writing exercises to get you going, or keep you going. Beginners and experienced writers very welcome.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS JANUARY/FEB 2020

THIS SERIES IS NOW FULL UP – … please sign up for emails if you would like to hear about the next lot.. thanks

Dates: Thursday 23rd Jan, 30th Jan, 6th Feb and 13th Feb.

GET WRITING IN THE NEW YEAR with Alex and guest authors – Thursday mornings 10.30-12.30pm

PLEASE EMAIL TO BOOK AND YOU CAN EITHER DO A BANK TRANSFER OR SEND A CHEQUE, THANKS

Venue: Bath Library £76 for 4 sessions. Sorry, no refunds but you are welcome to send a friend.

These sessions are to motivate, inspire and to enjoy. There will be lots of creative writing exercises as well as focussing on various aspects of writing. Complete beginners are very welcome but also experienced writers who like the company of other writers and who may need a nudge to keep them going.

Guest writers Mary Griese, Christine Macfarlane, Andrea Harman and Tracy Darnton will share their expertise on creating character, language, writing from your own life and writing for young people,(not in that order!)