Taking time out from family and work, by enrolling on writing courses has been one of the best things I’ve ever done, after joining the RNA, that is. Over the past five years I have attended quite a few, from afternoon workshops in libraries to week long courses in faraway places.
One of the great things about taking a course aimed specifically at your chosen genre is meeting other writers from all walks of life, who are just as passionate about writing. There will also be all levels of experience from those just starting out to those who have just sold their first book.
Earlier in the year I attended a weekend course with Kate Walker in Fishguard, organised by Writers Holiday. This was an intensive weekend aimed at romance writers who had already attended courses and therefore knew the basics. The weekend flew by and I’d caught up with writers I’d met there before and made new friends too. There were also other courses available, from poetry, short stories to painting. Luckily for me, it wasn’t too far away, but many travelled miles to be there.
At the beginning of May I sampled the delights of Tuscany, as I took a week out from daily life on the farm and joined Sharon Kendrick for her romance writing course. This course is held at The Watermill, a stunning location where we enjoyed the good food and sunshine. We were guided through how to create a story from beginning to end. This was a truly inspirational and special week, which allowed time to focus on my own writing too.
Both courses offered that invaluable one to one time with the tutor. A great chance to get feedback on your writing, find out what is working and what isn’t. But by far the best bit, is talking with other writers, bouncing ideas off each other and sharing recent reads you’ve loved.
So if you are thinking of taking a writing course, I can wholeheartedly recommend it. Even if it’s only a day out locally, it will be invaluable to your writing. It will inspire you and boost your confidence.
Happy Writing,


7 thoughts on “Courses

  1. Thanks for sharing Rachael. Loving the sound of Tuscany. Really looking forward to the opportunity to meet like-minded writers at the conference … although also a little scared. I expect some of my favourite writers will be amongst the delegates and i’m worried I may get a little starstruck!!!


    • How amazing to go to Tuscany, and do a writing course. You sound as though you have got so much from it. Next year I have decided to do one myself.
      Lorraine x

  2. I was scared when I first went to the conference Julie, but you will be fine. It’s an amazing weekend.

    You really should Lorraine, there is so much to gain from a course.

  3. Hi Rachael

    Thanks for sharing this. I was really envious when I read on your other blog about all the great courses and wonderful places you have been in pursuit of your writing career. That’s on top of the gorgeous location that you can call home, of course!

    The RNA conference will be my first residential writing course, although I completed a two year distance learning uni diploma. Even if Sheffield is not a patch on Italy, I am really looking forward to meeting you and some of the other Write Romantics and your encouragement about attending the courses has been no small part of my decision to attend.

    Jo x

  4. I’m very envious Rachael, I have attended a couple of day courses at Theakston’s Crime Festival and one which was run locally by R.J. Ellory but I’ve never had the pleasure of attending a residential course because of family commitments.

    Helen xx

  5. I am so jealous Rachael 😉

    I did a short course with Kate at Caerleon but couldn’t make Fishguard, and again, a shrt course with Sharon at Swanwick, both are EXCELLENT teachers 🙂

    And I totally agree, spending time with other writers away from “real life” is just the icing on the cake with a writing course 🙂


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