Workshops and Courses

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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

Publishing Options & Submitting Your Novel – 10am-4pm, 29th September. Birmingham

And once you’ve editing your manuscript, what next? We’ll look at the publishing options available in the current market and talk about crafting the perfect query letter and synopsis for agent and publisher submissions. We’ll also talk about pitching your book, social media, and getting your book in front of readers.

£60 including refreshments and lunch.

In support of wanting to hear stories from diverse voices, I currently offer 1 free place on each of my one-day workshops for a new or developing author from a lower income background, or who is BAME and/or LGBTQIA+. If you’d like to apply for a free place please contact me here explaining briefly who you are and what you think you’d get out of the course(s). PLEASE NOTE: the free place on the 29th September course has now been allocated.

To book your place complete the form:




Or download a emailable/printable booking form here. All my courses are tailored to the attendees so if there’s something you’d particularly like to cover please just mention it when you book.


Tutored Retreats

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.

Five day course with myself, Janet Gover, and special guest Jo Thomas. More details and course booking information here.


I also offer ‘off-the-shelf’ workshops for creative writing groups and classes on subjects including plot, character, setting, and editing & revising.

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.’


14 thoughts on “Workshops and Courses”

  1. 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


    1. 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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