Workshops and Courses

Workshops & Courses

I offer workshops in novel and short story writing. Details of my upcoming workshops can be found below, or you can contact me to join my mailing list for advance notice of future sessions.

One Day & Half Day Courses

11th February – Writing Romance

2pm-4.30pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham – £19.50

This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in writing romantic fiction, or in incorporating romantic subplots into their fiction. We’ll look at how to match up the perfect fictional pairing, how to put emotion onto the page, and how to write sexy scenes.

To book download the booking form here.

 

4th March – Developing Your Novel

10am-4.30pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham – £48.50

This day is for anyone who wants to write their own novel – whether you have nothing more than an initial idea or most of a manuscript in your drawer. We’ll talk about characterisation, plotting, setting, dialogue, point of view, and any other novel-writing topics you want to focus on.

10th June – Finishing Your Novel

10am-4.30pm, The Priory Rooms, Birmingham – £48.50

This workshop is for anyone who has written the bulk of a novel already, and would like to know how to get across the finish line. We’ll talk about editing and revising a manuscript, how to approach agents and publishers, writing the perfect synopsis and query letter.

If you book the March and June workshops together there’s a discount price of £90.

To book on either Developing Your Novel or Finishing Your Novel download the booking form here.

 

 

Weekend Retreats

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Download the retreats brochure           Download the retreats booking form

I also offer one off workshops for creative writing groups and classes on subjects including plot, character, setting, and editing & revising. If you would like to arrange a tailored workshop for your writing group please contact me.

Comments from past students

“The event was tailored to the needs of the group, well structured and expertly delivered. We managed to cover a great deal in the time and there were a few light bulb moments for all of us. Alison is very engaging as a tutor and brought the theory to life with some fairy-tale examples that everyone could relate to. However, I will never look at Snow White the same again! Thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you.”

“Alison’s courses are friendly, supportive, and constructive. The exercises were great… highly recommended!”

“Alison’s courses encourage creativity and build confidence. These skills continue long after the course is complete. An excellent start for any writer.’

About Alison – the tutor

I am a qualified teacher, specialising in teaching adults. I’ve been teaching creative writing since 2009, and have taught community groups, one-off workshops, adult education courses, and a University of Worcester undergraduate creative writing module. I have also led workshops for the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and Worcestershire LitFest and Fringe.

I am a published novelist, novella writer, and short story writer, and a former winner of the Romantic Novelists’ Association Elizabeth Goudge Trophy. I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Creative Writing with the University of Birmingham in 2008. In addition to the Romantic Novelists’ Association, I am also a member of the Society of Authors.


11 thoughts on “Workshops and Courses

    Elizabeth Smith said:
    October 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    When you say “any stage” – does, I have had the idea for 2 years, recently attended a Guardian Masterclass with Lucy Coats (to find out the rules), and have the first para pretty much cracked count, please? If so I’ll definitely book a place. Thanks Lizzie

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      Alison May responded:
      October 3, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Lizzie,

      That sounds absolutely fine. There will probably be people on the course who are further down the writing path than you, but so long as you’ve got a strong idea there’ll be plenty that you should find useful.

      Alison x

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