Workshop at Nottingham Writers’ Club

Last Saturday I delivered a workshop, on characterisation and dialogue, to members of the Nottingham Writers’ Club – and a visitor. I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did. They were a lovely group of people who remained good natured despite me working them quite hard and being very strict with the time limits.

Two of the attendees hadn’t been writing much for a while, but I was pleased to see everyone scribbling away furiously during the exercises. I could feel the combined concentration!

The beginnings of several interesting sounding stories emerged. It’s amazing what people can produce in just a few minutes. Hopefully some of the notes made on the day will be expanded into longer pieces.

Here are some of us. (A couple of people had appointments to keep, and one was persuaded to wield the camera.)

The club’s Twitter account reported, “From the comments on our feedback forms Patsy received the equivalent of 5 stars for her workshop.” I’m so pleased people found it worthwhile.

Thanks to Carol Bevitt (far right) for arranging everything.

Nottingham writing workshop

I’m presenting a writing workshop in Nottingham on 7th September.You can book tickets here.

Moments of joy

My story, Moments Of Joy, is in the current issue of My Weekly. Isn’t the illustration lovely?

As you’ve probably worked out, the story involves someone blowing bubbles. It was inspired by a visit to York Minster. It was a sunny day and the streets were full of happy tourists enjoying the history and beauty of the city.

As I walked round I saw bubbles drifting down the road at about head height. They were very pretty, but such an odd contrast to all the stone buildings I looked around to make sure other people could

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Bargain Escape

My romantic novel Escape To The Country is on special offer at 99p this week. I’m hoping that a boost in sales, and maybe another nice review, will give me extra motivation for my current novel in progress, which is also set on a farm.

Read the reviews here.

Blurb –

Leah is accused of a crime she didn’t commit. Dumped by Adam, the man she planned to marry, she escapes to Aunt Jayne’s smallholding in the Kent village of Winkleigh Marsh. Heartbroken and homeless, she strives to clear her name and deal with her emotions.

Jayne treats Leah’s unhappiness with herbal remedies, cowslip wine and common sense in equal measure. In return Leah works hard for the delicious home-cooked meals they share. She wrestles with sheep, breaks nails and gets stuck in the mud – learning as much about herself as she does about farming. Soon Leah is happy milking cows, mucking out pigs and falling halfway in love with Duncan, a dishy tractor driver.

Back in London, steps are being taken to investigate what’s happened to the missing money. It looks as though the real embezzler must soon be unmasked and Leah will have to choose between resuming her old life or starting a new one.

That’s when her problems really start.

Escape To The Country is available in ebook and paperback forms. It can be read free if you have Kindle unlimited (along with all my other books) and is available from some libraries.

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