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Treat Yourself to a Break, and Focus on Your Writing

September 9th, 2016

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200Still 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 Writer’s Summer School in Swanwick, Derbyshire. This has been going for over 60 years now so clearly provides the right environment for everyone who has the urge to write, whatever genre that might be. The week is made up of workshops, presentations, talks by well-known authors plus one-to-one  sessions with a tutor if you prefer.

Interested in crime writing? You can meet published and aspiring authors, chat about fascinating ways to dispose of a corpse during breakfast, and hear about real detective work from police officers themselves. Love poetry? Join the sessions with other poets, working on new themes in a supportive group setting. If you yearn to write books for children, experts are here to help you identify the best way to structure and illustrate a book that children, and a publisher of course, will love.

There is always the novel – lots of sessions to choose from for creating realistic characters, exploring plot and the psychology behind the action. And if your niche is writing for performance, there are plenty of opportunities “from page to stage” – you can submit work for this before you arrive – including the end of week pantomime.

Having just returned from a great week at Swanwick, I can confirm it really is inspiring. I presented two one-hour sessions on writing non-fiction, the wider opportunities for having it published and with topics related to work, leisure and travel, everyone has something to write about. Participants all seemed to go away fired up to extend their writing further into unknown territory.

As a full-board special interest break, it’s great value at around £450. It includes accommodation, the full programme of events, freely available tea and coffee throughout the day, huge desserts at lunch and dinner, and a reasonably priced bar open lunchtime and evening. So, whether you are just starting out or a published author, Swanwick Writer’s Summer School is a fantastic venue to meet like-minded people and actually get some serious writing done.  Next year it will be 12th-18th August  – put it in your diary now!

www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk  email secretary@swanwickwritersschool.org.uk

Dr Jacqueline Jeynes is an author of several business books and courses, including health and safety in small firms, a long-term tutor and writer of history of art distance learning modules currently with Aberystwyth University, and travel writer currently writing a series of books on Walking Wales: the art lover’s Guide to ( first one is on Wye Valley Way). Last year her book on Far East Prisoners of War was published based on 25 years of research. She won the Writers Bureau ‘Writer of the Year 2015’ award for her non-fiction writing.

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