Workshops

Voices of the Kennebec at Gardiner Public Library

Voices of the Kennebec at Gardiner Public Library

Whoops, my plan to write lots of short blog posts in order to keep up with myself hit a stumbling block last month! That block was called Handing In My Thesis for UNH, which I may also blog about one day. In the meantime, here’s a workshop I ran on October 22 at the public(…)

Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Writers’ Retreat at Gillette Castle, CT

Did you know that Sherlock Holmes, that is the original Homes of the novels and stories, did not wear a deer-stalker, did not smoke the distinctive curved pipe we associate with him, and did not ever say “Elementary, my dear Watson”? Well, you do now. Those famous attributes of the world’s most famous detective were(…)

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

“Writing People” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House

On Saturday I ran my second writing workshop at the Jewett House in South Berwick, and had a lovely time. Eight enthusiastic writers joined me for a day learning about how to develop and write  people, whether fictional characters or real folk. Their reasons for coming were diverse: learning how to make “weak” or “passive”(…)

Summer’s Almost Gone…

Summer’s Almost Gone…

It doesn’t feel like the end of summer—it’s 80F outside and I have to keep moving desks at UNH library to avoid frying in the sun—but it’s September, and just in the last couple of days our neighbor’s tree has got the message and developed a core of red, while my neighbor himself spent Saturday cutting(…)

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

The Influence of Place: a writers’ workshop in South Berwick

On Saturday, I ran my first workshop in America. As regular readers will know, I spent 5 years running writers workshops in Britain from 2010, but this was my first one in my new life, on this side of the Atlantic. And it was a great way to start. Even before we moved into our(…)