It's the perfect excuse for any writer with an addiction . . .
Monday, March 31, 2014
It's the perfect excuse for any writer with an addiction . . .
Sunday, March 30, 2014
So here, after a lovely day as a mother with The Offspring, with a card and gifts is a small memento of my mother.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
You'll remember that at Fishguard this year we had something special to celebrate - when Rachael Thomas had her first book accepted. Rachael had had the ambition to be my13th in 2013 - that means, that of the people I know I have helped to be published after they've been to one of my courses, read and worked with the 12 Point Guide, she hoped to be the 13th in 2013. Unfortunately it was a little later that Racahel got her first acceptance (but she was the 14th in 2014!) Someone else got in on that 13th place - brand new Modern Temptation author Christy McKellen. I asked Christy if she'd come on my blog and talk to you about her first book - and that journey to publication .
Saturday, March 22, 2014
1. Are there places available
2. This course says that to attend it, you need to have been on one of my basic courses first
So to answer
1. Fishguard Advanced Romance Writing Course 2015 - currently there are plenty of spaces on this one and there's plenty of time before it runs - so yes, you can book now. This weekend course will also provide you with one to one time with your tutor (ie Me!)
2. If you need the basic course first well, this next bit is for you.
After I posted about Fishguard Writers' Holiday last time, the organisers got in touch to let me know that unexpectedly there are two cancellation places available for this summer - July 2015.
The details are:
July this year has one (two if sharing a sea-view twin room!) cancellation place(s) available if you book by end of March with a place guaranteed on my course if wanted.
So if you have a partner or a friend who'd like to come to Writers' Holiday, have a week by the sea, enjoy good food, good company plus your choice of the courses b ook now - Still only £499 for the week
But if you can't manage a whole week - here's the only other basic course I'm running this year -
Last week this course was totally filled up but I have agreed to offer a couple of extra places if needed - so why not book now ?
For £240 you'll get
a weekend in 4 star hotel
a single en suite room - comfortable and lots of privacy for you to write!
Meals are provided
- and of course there are workshops, writing exercises, time to relax . . . The aim is to do exactly what it says on the tin - Relax and Write!
Writing Romantic Fiction with Kate Walker
- Dates: 16 - 18 May 2014
- Place: Weetwood Hall LEEDS
- Cost: £240
- Creating realistic characters
- Sustaining pace and conflict
- Packing emotional punch
- Writing sex scenes
- Crafting a satisfactory ending.
An introduction to journalling and the way it can help writers by looking at yourself and your life, sparking off ideas and revitalising your creativity
Details of all these events can be found on the Events Page of my web site.
And if you keep an eye on that page you'll find out anything else I have coming up - I'm working with Relax and Write to offer more Writing Events coming up soon.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
What's that they say about time flying when you're having fun?
Yes, I know it was supposed to be a writing course - and it was - but there's nothing to stop us having fun and learning at the same time. Over the years, this course - and the students - has evolved into something rather special., There's a lot of fun, laughter - discussions. . . Chocolate is often evolved , some wine and more discussions - more laughter. And yes, we learn a lot (because as well as being the tutor I often learn a lot and get inspired to write as a result of those discussions)
Of course we also had cause for celebrations because Rachael Thomas who had been there last year as a student was this year celebrating the acceptance of her very first book - as a result of the So You Think You Can Write contest.
|This year's group from Fishguard '14|
When I was planning out ways of making things clearer, driving home certain points, I wanted a system that was not just words on a page - and the post-it /emotions lesson was the result. It seemed to work well - if you want to know more about that then Johganna Grassick did a great write-up over on Novelistas Ink - with a picture of post-it notes!
But things didn't stop there - since I got back, I've had a couple of emails from another member of the group - another Jo - and she has taken the post-it note philosophy to heart. She wrote to tell me how she'd been working hard on what she now calls ' The Fishguard Aftermath, aka A Date With Post-it Notes'. She even sent me a couple of photographs to illustrate how the post-it system can work - how it's worked for her to sort out the core emotions, the way those work their way through the story - the things that change dramatically when love(see those heart shaped notes?) or sex intervene and make things even more complicated.
It's a visual - and fun way of making things clearer and helping you focus on what matters.
I'm not the only one to use sticky notes in this way - Julie Cohen has a special blog on Post-It Plotting over on her web site - even more colour, even more scheming - and a great way to keep track of everyone/everything in the story.
As a result there has been rather a rush on post-it notes all over the country (and excuse - writers love a chance to buy more stationery). I know that the place I bought the notes for this year's Fishguard is currently out of stock! They must be wondering what hit them.
Anyway - what I want to say is a great big thank you to the fabulous group I had at Fishguard this year. I had so much fun and the discussions were great, the laughter ditto - the critique session was fantastic (and the glass - or two - of wine went well too.) I'm almost ashamed to say I'm not a great chocolate lover - but the Babe Magnet was very happy to eat my share after the class.
I also want to send very special thanks to Anne and Gerry Hobbs who - as always - organised this weekend with their usual warm, welcoming efficiency, in spite of this February not being the easiest of circumstances in which to cope. I had a wonderful time and I'm so looking forward to the Writers' Holiday at Fishguard coming up in the summer. The sea, the sun (hopefully), great company, more laughter - and maybe more post-it notes.
At the moment the summer Writers' Holiday is fully booked up and has been for some time. But if you're interested in my Advanced Romance Writing Course for next February 2015 then (I can't believe I'm saying this but it's true) the time to get your booking in is now - before it fills up again.
One point - the Advanced course is just that - advanced - so if you're more interested in a basic course - or would like to learn the basics and then book the advanced (I know someone who has booked for both only this week) or you just can't wait till February 2015 then I have other courses coming up. The details should be appearing on my web site - on the Events Page just as soon as my lovely web mistress can get them up there - but I'm also going to run a couple of blogs to let you know what's coming up so watch this space.
The first of these will be a weekend course in May with Relax and Write creative writing weekends. That has basically been filled but I'm adding extra places to fit people in if I can. Details on the Events Page - or in my next blog.
I'll hope to see some of you somewhere soon at one of these courses - and I think I'd better go and buy some more post-it notes!
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
But I was waiting to see what the UK/M&B Modern cover was like. I found it last night on Amazon - and I have to say that I'm thrilled - I love it. Again Karim and Clementina look just right - but this one has more impact I think. More of the right atmosphere - more emotion.
It would make me want to pick this book off the shelves anyway. I think it's a winner.
What do you think? So- do you prefer A Question of Honor (USA)? Or A Question of Honour (UK) ?
My lovely web designer Heather has been busy updating my web site - so you can find more details about A Question of Honour/Honor - and read an excerpt on its special page here
The Good Greek Wife.
This one is out on May 1st 2014.
Monday, March 17, 2014
This evening in London, the RoNA - Romantic Novel of the Year - awards will be presented.
The shortlists were announced on February 14th and tonight the winners of the shortlist categories for the Romantic Novel of the Year and the winner of the RoNA Rose Award for shorter fiction will be announced during a glittering ceremony in the Gladstone Library, One Whitehall Place, London SW1. Former ballerina Darcy Bussell will present the prizes.
If you want to remind yourself who was on the shortlist, there are detailed lists here on the RNA's web site. You can pick you own winners from all these amazing novels.
I can't be there in person myself tonight but I'll be watching from the wings and cheering on so many friends and great writers. And I'll let you know what the results were just as soon as I know myself.
If you're on Twitter you can keep up with all the news at #RoNAs2014
Good luck tyo everyone - I'm just glad that I don't have to choose from all those great reads!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
We don't know exactly when Ruby was born, seeing as she was found as a stray, so we can only guesstimate but as it's likely she was born late September 2013, she's not coming up to 6 months old. And she's a like a firework to have around - always fizzing with energy, running and pouncing on anything that moves. She loves jumping on my toes, giving them tiny bites or attacking them with claws that are like needles - and sometimes she tries to climb up my legs from behind.
So it's been a great relief to be able to open the door and let her out into the garden to run around, chase Charlie - or be chased by him - and run off some of that excess energy. He's specially enjoyed that this week as he has had his paw ripped in a fight - or on a nail - and has been limping rather badly. Luckily a trip to the vet and the antibiotics have a done the trick and he's been pouncing on her- leaping out of the shrubbery and chasing her around for hours.
But Ruby has decided that she doesn't need him since she discovered trees. She is quite a climber and just
loves to scramble up as high as she can go. At the moment she's only trying out the bushes - the magnolia in this case - but she has ambitions for the apple trees as soon as she gets her confidence.
She is also growing like crazy - still very slim and sleek but with long legs that make her look surprisingly tall.
I've included a photo of her next to Charlie so that you can see the comparison in size - but of course he has a much longer and thicker coat so he looks huge next to her.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Friday, March 07, 2014
I had a great time teaching the Advanced Romance Writing course in Pembrokeshire - so much so that it didn't seem like work a lot of the time. I had such a great group there, with everyone gelling so well and getting on fabulously together . (And I need to add thanks to those who contributed chocolate and choc chip cookies and more chocolate to help us get through the concentrated classes for the weekend.
One of my students Johanna Grassick has written a great report on the weekend over on Novelistas Ink where she talks about the work we did with post-it notes - to add a bit of colour and extra interest into working through the emotional development of a plot - and all the rest of the course.
Still with the course in mind, I have a post over on Pink Heart Society's blog today - talking about one of the presentations and discussion we had over the weekend.
I have more plans for other classes, courses and a writing retreat in a fabulous venue coming up - so I need to get them fully organised so I can give you the details. But there's one problem . . .as soon as things are decided, they are sold out! The events listed on my Events Page - Weetwood Hall in May, Fishguard Writers' Holiday in July are now full.
So - it sounds ridiculous, but if you're interested in the Advanced Writing Romance at Fishguard in February 2015 ! - I suggest you take a look at the Writers' Holiday website and maybe think about getting your name down on the waiting list now!
I'll be posting up more details of any more courses as and when they are decided.
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