Writing: Class W4

From kitchen table to bookshop — here’s an exciting chance to get going on your creative writing dream in a fun private writing class in Chiswick, west London. My colleague Diane Chandler, author of Moondance and of The Road to Donetsk is running an introduction to creative writing session. With her, @Blackbird_Bks publisher and author Stephanie Zia. They’ll be using some exercises and ideas from Creative Writing: the Matrix. And if you can’t make the November date, there’s December and January too! #amwriting  Kitchen table writing class, click here for info

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Writing workshop

How do you write about a place you’ve never been to? How do you write about a time you’ve never lived in? Or how do you bring your writing to life? Come and hone your writing skills, and acquire new ones, with Susan Lee Kerr, local author, haiku poet and creative writing tutor. Susan, known to She Voices members, was born in West Virginia, raised in New York, and is now a dedicated Londoner. Her novel, The Extraordinary Dr Epstein, is the true life of an astonishing 19th century immigrant. As his great granddaughter, Susan drew on family tales, fact and imagination to tell the turbulent story that she draws upon in her workshop.

SHE VOICES WOMEN WRITERS welcomes newcomers to this workshop on Saturday morning 17th June 10.30 – 12.30 At Richmond Library, Little Green, Richmond Upon Thames TW9 1QL.

And I thank She Voices for this lovely opportunity!

Writing and gin

The joys of being a local author. Not sure what great grandfather Ephraim M (click here) would say, but he is coming with me to the start of the Chiswick Book Festival. And you can come too, if you can get to Waterstones, London W4 on Wednesday 14 Sept, 7-9 pm. The idea, organised by The Chiswick Calendar, is lubricated by Sipsmith, our local ginnery. Lots of local authors, loads of local readers, meet, mingle, and chatter.

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The Chiswick Calendar by the way is doing wonders for the local creatives — vid-interviews with local authors, local photographers, local artists, whole galleries-ful. Plus of course weekly handsome newsletter of what’s on. And great daily local photos. Have a look Here.

Writing locally

Strolling around in summerly bliss imbibing local sights. This stone sculpture I love, on someone’s lawn for all to see.  At the moment I’m thinking it could be an image of inner creativity. Wish I knew the sculptor’s name. My new novel is set right here where I live; makes me hyper alert to my surroundings.2016-08-06 16.12.13

There’s going to be a whole mass of public creativity at a mingle of Local Authors at Waterstones W4 on Wednesday 14 September 7-9 pm. I’ve got to polish up a 1 minute wowzer for the occasion, and so do all the other local authors. It’s going to be a pitch-off! Or a pitch slam? It’s a kick-off to the Chiswick Book Festival featuring some local and many national authors. Click here for The Chiswick Calendar freebie local authors evening and here to connect with the book fest.

Writing from Life

Fascinating ancestor? Fantastic life experience? In a convivial evening, two local authors in conversation reveal decision paths, sources and insights into weaving together fact, memories and imagination.

That’s me for fascinating family story into gripping novel. And buddy local author Diane Chandler for fantastic life experience, the journey of an overseas aid worker from idealism to realism. A friendly new bookshop is kindly hosting this evening next week, 15 March — a new angle, new double act. Now we are calculating how much wine to supply… click here for where and when

Aids to refreshing creativity? See my new page here on Sculptural Papiermache… I’m so glad to be a member of the wild and wonderful PapierMachistas.

Writing festival rewards

The writing world, cold and lonely? Or fun and friendly? A local festival made it fun and friendly for me last week. I went to one Famous Author talk (Max Hastings) and bumped into local friends. Next day went to two ‘inside the writing-and-publishing business’ talks which included, in total, four local authors, three of whom selling in mega-quantities even though not yet household names. More friendliness encountering two former Writers at Work students of mine, including the recently published Diane Chandler. Following that I went to an evening of another Writers at Work student, the now very published Louise Voss sharing the discussion of writing modus operandi with SJI Holliday otherwise known as Susi. They are both ‘killer women’ and that’s a whole organisation of criminally inclined (so to speak) writers, friends and supporters to each other. I’m interested in aspects of the genre for an idea I’ve been noodling with for a while.

As for my part as a local author in the local festival, The Chiswick Calendar interviewed me for The Extraordinary Dr Epstein along with two other authors at Waterstones bookstore. That was friendly too, including friends in the audience.

But there was a spillover reward I have to share with you. The next afternoon after the Joy of Crime Writing event I was taking a local train. I glanced as I headed along the platform and saw a young woman deeply engaged in a paperback book, a good quarter-way in. Glanced closer and saw it was Black Wood, the SJI Holliday book. Surprise! Glanced even closer and recognised the young woman as one across the aisle from me who asked about how the authors researched police stuff. And so I spoke to her (saying she had asked the question I wanted to ask). We had a good crime writing chat, trading authors for three stops until she got off the train. Esther is a philosophy student at Bristol and a mad keen crime writing fan. A reward to warm the heart cockles of any writer who gives talks at festivals and a friendly titbit I passed on to Susi. The reward I liked most of all was the wider friendliness of reading-passion.