A group of 14 delegates enjoyed an inspiring and educational day of seminars at Writing Your Book: From Start to Finish on Sunday 8 July.
The morning session, which included help and exercises on finding your voice and getting started, was presented by book doctor Andrew Wille, who has worked as an editor in a top London publishing house and taught creative writing in the UK and the US. Andrew also offered 1-2-1 sessions, which were very well received.
Michael Stewart, author of King Crow and organiser of the Huddersfield Literary Festival, started the afternoon session with a short reading and a Q&A discussion, in which he talked about his career as a writer for radio and theatre as well as his approach to novel writing.
The day finished with an overview of digital and self-publishing with Helen Stothard from HLS Publishing. Helen had some very useful practical advice to offer on this complex but growing area.
Delegates came from a broad spectrum but all had in common a wish to write a book, whether fiction, travel, educational or business.
Since the course, there has been some excellent feedback from delegates:
“On a scale of 1-10 I would rate it as at least 8. It was very helpful and it was good to talk to other writers. I found the one to one session with Andrew particularly helpful – he helped me with something that I had been finding particularly tricky. It was good to have that bit of encouragement to get on and get writing!” Karen Warren
“The course was well conceived and professionally delivered. It catered well for the diverse interest of participants, who were clearly enjoying and valuing the experience – as was I.” Terry Piggott
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