We’ll be providing a series of playful and practical creative writing workshops exploring character, setting and things that go bump in the night.
The retreat, running from the 24th to October 29th, will be fully catered (from afternoon tea & supper on Monday till breakfast on Saturday – and lots of cake in between) with a vegetarian menu (although other dietary needs can be met).
The group will be taught from 10am till 12:30/1pm every day with the afternoons free for walks, group activities, or writing. There will be a programme of evening entertainment including a ‘night walk’ looking at the sights and sounds of the night-time outdoors, and readings. There will also be the opportunity to submit a sample of your work for one-to-one feedback.
You might also like to bring along a‘ haunted object’ of your choice…
I’m not going to mention anything that’s been happening, and is still happening, in the world right now, but on a personal note, after disappearing into a new novel for what feels like an absurdly long time, I’m very happy to be emerging, dazed and blinking, back into the land of short stories.
As I leave the novel to percolate (or fester) for a while before I attack a second draft, it’s been a total joy reading and writing short stories once more. I’m also looking forward to leading a course, ‘Short Story Success’, running over two consecutive Saturdays in March. If you fancy joining me, please visit NTU’s Short Courses for further details.
Totally delighted that ‘We Wait’ has made it through the first round of this year’s BBNYA! Fingers crossed for the next stage, but whatever happens, I’m thrilled. Thank you to all the dedicated book bloggers, and of course to the wonderful Eyrie Press 🙂
I’m delighted to have been asked to interview amazing author and poet, Rosie Garland for Five Leaves Bookshop. We’ll be chatting online from 7pm on May 5th. Tickets are available from Eventbrite. We’d love you to come along!
I’m delighted to have some more great writing news as we head towards the end of this long, long year. My short story, (‘imaginatively’) titled The Hitcher Story is part of The Invisible Collection, which has just been released by the brilliant Nightjar Press.
Filled with practical exercises, useful techniques and advice, the course covers the essential elements of writing short stories, from getting started to submitting. If you’re interested in writing along with us, you can find an introductory video here…
The clocks are turning back, the dark is seeping in and a small, cold fist is knocking at your door…
As we enter October, the spookiest of months, ‘We Wait’ is slinking out from the shadows to celebrate.
Over on my Twitter account – @meganjstaylor – I’m having a lucky dip, with three intrepid Retweeters winning a copy of ‘We Wait’. I’ll be drawing names from a bowl of gruesome gunk on October 13th so that my ghosts will arrive well in time for Halloween.
And later in the month, I’m delighted that my brilliant publisher, Eyrie Press, are sending ‘We Wait’ off through the gloaming on a blog tour! More about that very soon…