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Post-Swanwick Boost

Last year after returning home from my first Swanwick experience I wrote about the post-Swanwick blues. I was bracing myself for the same deflated feeling this year but actually I’m feeling something else. The post-Swanwick boost. I did wonder whether attending again as a fully fledged delegate (after being privileged enough to receive a subsidised… Continue reading Post-Swanwick Boost

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The importance of artists’ dates

Is Whitby the most inspirational place on Earth for artists? Well I think so… I love Julia Cameron’s concept of the ‘artist’s date’. A solo trip to somewhere that interests you to spark imagination, whimsy and play. She suggests doing it weekly. I need to buck my ideas up! But I have just returned from… Continue reading The importance of artists’ dates

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Post-Swanwick blues

We’ve all heard of the back-to-work blues. Well I’ve got a serious case of it. More specifically, the post-Swanwick blues. Until a few months ago I had never even heard of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Fast forward to June and a lovely email arrived in my inbox to say I’d been accepted onto this… Continue reading Post-Swanwick blues

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Review: My DIY Writing Retreat in Whitby

I’m sure you’ve seen the adverts for those dreamy sounding writing retreats in rural Cornwall or sunny Provence. Well, I wanted in on that. But unfortunately my budget and diary wouldn’t quite stretch. I wasn’t going to let a couple of minor details like that stand in my way, though. So, I decided to try… Continue reading Review: My DIY Writing Retreat in Whitby

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Planning my DIY writing retreat

I keep fawning over adverts for writing retreats in beautiful remote places, dreaming of the escapism, the torrent of ideas I’d come up with and the pages of stunning prose I’d produce away from the daily grind. Whilst unfortunately I don’t have umpteen hundred pounds and unlimited days to spend researching and drafting, I have… Continue reading Planning my DIY writing retreat