Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

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5/5

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Swanwick Writers' Summer School

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August, 2016

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Still got that secret novel you’ve always wanted to write stuffed away in a notebook? Then consider being inspired to actually get it started (if not completed) at a week- long Writers’ Summer School in Swanwick, Derbyshire.

I have just returned from a great week at the Hayes Centre and can confirm it really is inspiring. The week is made up of workshops, presentations, talks by well-known authors plus 1-1 sessions with a tutor if you prefer.

Into crime writing? Meet published and aspiring authors, chat about how to dispose of a body during breakfast, and hear about real detective work from police officers themselves. Love poetry? Join the sessions with other poets, and if you yearn to write books for children, experts are here to help. There is always the novel – creating realistic characters, exploring plot and psychology. And if your niche is writing for performance, there are plenty of opportunities “from page to stage” including the end of term – oops, the end of week pantomime!

I presented two one-hour sessions on writing non-fiction, and the wider opportunities for having it published and sometimes longer shelf-life than fiction. Everyone seemed to go away fired up to extend their writing further into unknown territory.

As a full-board special interest break, this is exceptional value at around £450 including the full programme of events, freely available tea and coffee, huge desserts at lunch and dinner, and a reasonably priced bar open lunchtime and evening. They are particularly helpful for wheelchair-users. So, whether you are just starting out or a published author, Swanwick Writers’ Summer School is a fantastic venue to meet like-minded people and actually get some serious writing done. Next year 12th-18th August 2017.

www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk email [email protected]

Jacqueline Jeynes

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