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
Writing Wonderful Dialogue – 11th November, 10am-1pm, Birmingham
Dialogue is a central part of any novel, and many short stories, but many writers struggle to get to grips with the rhythms, vocabulary and feel of real speech. This workshop will focus on finding what’s unique in each character’s voice, and look at niggly questions of punctuation, laying out dialogue, and what dialogue tags to use.
The Dreaded Synopsis – 11th November, 2pm-5pm, Birmingham
Writing a synopsis fills many writers with dread, but there is no need to be afraid. This workshop will focus on how to go about writing a synopsis – proving that you really can boil 100,000 words down into a single page – and will also look at ways make your synopsis a valuable creative tool to help you edit, revise and focus your novel.
Writing Wonderful Dialogue and The Dreaded Synopsis are £20 each, or £36 if you book both together. Download the booking form here. BOOKING CLOSES 29/10/17.
Spring Novel Writing Retreat, 16th-18th March 2018
Writing Popular Fiction, Ty Newydd, 15th-19th October 2018
Developing a novel from the original idea to a completed manuscript is no mean feat, and it can be a very solitary process. This course offers a chance to share the experience with other writers and experienced tutors. You will develop the building blocks for your novel looking at plot, character, setting and point of view. Tutorials and exercises will help you cultivate the skills to complete and polish a manuscript to a publishable standard. The tutors will look at your work and offer constructive advice on avoiding plot holes, saggy middles and other writing pitfalls. We will also discuss today’s rapidly changing publishing world, and how to get your book in front of agents, editors and readers. The course is suitable for writers across any genre, whether you are just starting to pursue your writing goals, or already have a manuscript nearing completion. There’ll be a mixture of group workshops, discussions, one-to-one tutorials, and lots of time to write.
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.