Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Here is yet another picturesque scene from my morning run which didn't even put me out of breath today but only because I had to keep stopping. The paths around the block were too icy and the fields slippery with soggy mud so walking was much safer.

The run gives me time each morning to think about the tasks ahead and today I had yet more paperwork to do and my teaching plan for the WEA to finalise ready for the first of my creative writing courses which begin tomorrow evening.

One is held at Sleaford RC Church Hall on Wednesday evenings between 7pm and 9pm starting January 16 and the other is at Fydell House, Boston on Tuesday afternoons between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The aim is try and get people writing and confident to write. I'll be teaching them how to generate ideas, develop characters and themes, plus how to plan their writing and learn to critique effectively - which is always useful in helping your own writing to come along as well as that of other people whether the work is a short story, a script or a poem.

Fydell House is also the setting for the 20th Century Crime comparative literature course I'll be running from next week, Tuesday, January 20th, between 10am and 12 noon. We'll be looking at the crime novel past and present and comparing novelists Peter Robinson, Raymond Chandler and Val McDermid and how their work differs, or is the same in parts. Much has changed since Chandler penned his first novel in 1939 and it will be interesting to compare his work to that of the two modern bestselling authors - both, like Chandler, have seen their work adapted to the screen.

I hope the snow stays away, or at least doesn't get any worse. One thing that does put people off from going out is bad weather, especially on Lincolnshire's rural roads, and attendees are vital for the courses' success.

The Boston Standard gave the courses a mention HERE so if you live in and around the neighbourhood why not drop in and get involved. I guarantee you will be inspired.

More information about courses, how to enrol, fees and concessions, can be found at the WEA link above.

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