I just want to pass on how much I enjoyed the memoir writing class and particularly the assistance I have got from David. He has really helped me open up and recall lots about my childhood that is important but I had forgotten. I am so excited to be able to put pen to paper more confidently than ever before. I look forward to being in David’s class again soon so I can keep improving. He has a lovely manner and gently gets to the bottom of what is important to write about.
I chose Ed’s class because I wanted the discipline of 8 weeks of writing focus and to hook up with the local writing community. I got so much more than that. Ed is a genuinely generous teacher, a little quirky and incredibly knowledgeable. I loved our discussions, the challenge of the writing exercises and the guest workshops with successful published writers. I simply can’t wait until next term. I will definitely be back!!
I thoroughly enjoyed the beginners writing course run by Ed Wright. In a supportive and relaxed atmosphere, I quickly learnt some basic building blocks of writing that years of reading about writing and personal dabbling hadn’t taught me. I am now more confident in working at my own writing.
I’ve done a number of creative writing workshops, all different in the methods they use to coax, stimulate, encourage and shape into words, the stories inside us. Wendy’s class is one of the best. No other has offered such down-to-earth, supportive and informative experiences for me as a writer. Wendy steers the class in such a way that it brings out the best in everyone. She makes you want to tell your story, and that’s a pretty good place to start.
(author to be of Revenge of the Rogue Gypsy Gene’s or the Yee Haw HA HA Lets Ride Cowgirl series)
I look forward to the workshop every single week. My time is always spent valuably because the spirit of generosity demonstrated by my classmates means I walk away ready again to write, with fresh insights and a revitalised enthusiasm. Our class has developed into a place where we all respect each other’s work and opinion. And passionately enthuse about ‘voice’ or the use of ‘dialogue’. But no matter what the subject, the discussion improves all of our writing. It adds a confidence, I for one, did not have beforehand. Wendy’s practised and inclusive approach seals the deal.
Writing was my secret and solitary passion. Secret, for fear that my efforts were truly rubbish, and solitary because isn’t that how it’s supposed to be? Then I enrolled in a Creative Wordshop Beginners class and discovered an expansive and delightful world of reading and writing fun! Under Wendy James’ expert guidance, and the constructive criticism of my fellow writers, I am becoming a more polished and productive story teller. As a bonus, I’m enjoying the process enormously and could possibly write a book about the dreaded Yellow Cards and their power to unlock creativity! Now in my third term, I’m thoroughly hooked.
The Advanced Novel Workshop really helped me to get valuable feedback on an early draft of my novel. I found workshopping in this environment allowed me to reflect on other participant’s input and how their suggestions may improve my work. Wendy’s practical advice was invaluable and will benefit my manuscript.
Writing is such a solitary task, to share work with open minds at these workshops is a wonderful motivator, educator and inspiration. Without a doubt the manuscript takes a stronger shape as a result of these classes.
I started with the beginners’ class last year, and enjoyed it so much I’m now in my third term with The Creative Word Shop. Wendy James has been an inspiring teacher; she’s down to earth and always helpful. I started just for something to do – looking for a creative outlet. Now I’m starting to have confidence that I could write something people might actually enjoy reading, and that’s all because of Wendy and the great group of supportive students in the class. If you’ve ever wondered if you could write, I highly recommend taking a class with The Creative Word Shop to learn some skills, boost your confidence and get inspired!