For writers’ groups, festivals and conferences

I offer a number of ‘off the shelf’ workshops that I can deliver to your writers’ group or at events and conferences.

One hour sessions

Generating Ideas



Show, don’t tell

How to Edit your novel

The Perfect Synopsis

Agent Hunting

Adapting the Classics – how to take novel inspiration from classic literature


Half Day sessions (2-3 hours)

Plot and Character

Writing Wonderful Dialogue

Show, Don’t Tell – making sure your story happens on the page

The Perfect Synopsis (extended version)

Editing Your Novel


Full Day sessions (5-6 hours)

Developing Your Novel – from idea to first draft

Revising Your Novel – from draft to finished manuscript

Publishing Options & Submitting Your Novel – from manuscript to book


Please contact me if you wish to discuss workshops for your group or event.


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.

Writing as Alison May and Juliet Bell, 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.

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