Mentoring and Workshops

I have twenty years’ of experience teaching fiction writing in workshop and academic settings, along with experience as a publisher’s reader in the UK, and as a fiction editor in Canada, and  an MA in Creative writing.  I’m happy to  tailor workshops to suit particular needs or topic.  Depending on my  other commitments, I  can also offer offer manuscript consultancy, or mentoring: honest, practical and sensitive feedback on fiction or creative non-fiction manuscripts and project ideas, along with more general advice about writing and the writing life.

Writing Workshops with Kathy Page

  “Kathy is an interested and generous teacher. She can see people’s individual strengths and she can step you around obstacles in the creative process in a very skilled way. You leave one of her courses with a lot of confidence and a sense of direction in your own work.
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WRITING LIVES: memoir, creative nonfiction, fiction – a weekend workshop with Vicky Grut and novelist Kathy Page

Vicky Grut has been a friend and colleague of mine for almost as long as I’ve been writing. We first met when I was living at Carlton Mansions in Brixton, and later lived next door to each other. She’s a wonderful teacher and writer , and even though we live thousands of miles apart we … Continue reading WRITING LIVES: memoir, creative nonfiction, fiction – a weekend workshop with Vicky Grut and novelist Kathy Page

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Writing Workshops with Kathy Page in 2013

I’m looking forward  very much to workshops in Scotland, Norwich and London all taking place in June 2013.  I’m delighted to be co-tutoring with Marilyn Bowering at Moniack Mhor, and with Vicky Grut in London.  3-8 June 2013:  Work in Progress, with Kathy Page and Marilyn Bowering, an Arvon residential course at Moniack Mhor, Scotland  http://www.arvonfoundation.org/fiction-work-in-progress … Continue reading Writing Workshops with Kathy Page in 2013

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Workshops, Mentoring and Manuscript Consultancy

Mentoring & Manuscript Consultancy Workshops & Courses When I began to teach fiction writing in the UK there was a still a lingering prejudice against doing so. Shakespeare and Dickens had never signed up for creative writing courses and so, the argument went, why do we need them now? Isn’t writing a matter of talent … Continue reading Workshops, Mentoring and Manuscript Consultancy

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Mentoring and Manuscript Consultancy

  Manuscript Consultancy (Closed for 2015/2016) Depending on other commitments, I can sometimes offer to read a manuscript, or part of it, and provide a written report which covers characterization, structure, dialogue, setting, story-line, voice, language, and anything else relevant to the piece, along with detailed notes and editing suggestions on the manuscript or Word … Continue reading Mentoring and Manuscript Consultancy

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On the Write Track/Ticket to Write

This is an  eight session online course during which participants create a complete narrative (fiction or non-fiction)  that centres on a journey of some kind.  It was developed for a group of writers in the UK, and seems to be going very well, so  I think I’ll offer it again. Please use the enquiry form … Continue reading On the Write Track/Ticket to Write

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Writing Workshop with Kathy Page on Salt Spring Island, 8th & 9th October 2011

Storylines: a Workshop with Kathy Page How does an idea become a fully-fledged short story, novel or non-fiction narrative? We’ll experiment with new ways to find and develop story ideas, and then begin to create the story itself. This workshop is an opportunity to start fresh work,  to develop something you have had in mind … Continue reading Writing Workshop with Kathy Page on Salt Spring Island, 8th & 9th October 2011

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Workout for the Novel (Online Writing Workshop)

  For those contemplating,  or already embroiled in, a novel, Workout for the Novel offers a series of exercises to help you think through and develop your idea, as well as an invaluable forum for feedback and discussion. Each week we focus on a particular aspect of the novel you are developing:  your main characters, … Continue reading Workout for the Novel (Online Writing Workshop)

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Resources for Writers

Books on Writing The Art of Fiction, John Gardner:  “Whatever the genre may be, fiction does its work by creating a dream in the reader’s mind.” Steering the Craft, Ursula  K  Le Guinn:  pithy observations, examples  and great exercises. “The sound of language is where it all begins and what it all comes back to.” … Continue reading Resources for Writers

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