Journeys

I’m just back from a big trip to Sri Lanka with my children. We had a wonderful time in a country which was characterised for me by the way in which people of different faiths lived peacefully together. I’m so saddened by the news today and my heart goes out to the people there.

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Changes

This week in  my workshops, we’ve been writing about change which has provided some rich inspiration. After all, whether it’s internal or external, change is at the heart of all stories. As our last exercise yesterday we started writing about a character’s ordinary day and then gave each other random elements of change that we had to incorporate.

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Untranslateable words

We’ve been having fun in my workshops this week with a box of Untranslateable Words that my friend bought for me my birthday. Here are a couple of pieces that I wrote in response to the words I was given. Enjoy!

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Right Mind – Write Path

Our experienced practitioners Fiona Watson (Mindfulness) and Beverley Ward (Writer and Creative Coach) will take you on a journey of mindfulness, writing and walking in the beautiful Longshaw Estate

We invite you to a fabulous day out at the stunning Longshaw estate where we will teach you the joy of mindfulness practice and creative writing submerged in nature!

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Create Your New Year workshop –

I’m not sure when or where it started, but it feels like I’ve always made a collage around New Year. An ex-boyfriend tells me that I introduced him to my New Year collages back in the late 1990s so I must have been doing it for at least twenty years.

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Santa Claus is coming to town

My writing groups have been writing Christmas stories, inspired by song titles. Here’s one of mine. Happy Christmas. x

Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list and checking it twice. And then he checks it three times just to be sure. Three is a lucky number after all.

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Pitching notes

Thanks to funding from Off the Shelf, I was able to run a workshop on pitching to agents as part of the festival this year.

Over thirty people turned up and the feedback from the event has been very positive.

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My Sheffield Story

I don’t typically write short stories but during the workshops that I run, I often begin pieces that could be short stories so I’m trying to challenge myself to type them up and submit them more often.

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Get Writing Online – Coming Soon…..

“Beverley’s writing group is the highlight of my week. It feels wrong if I ever miss the class, like something’s missing. I immensely look forward to the writing activities that Beverley suggests: they’re creative, and guiding both in my writing and in my life.” ~ Delaina Haslam

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Create Your New Year

I’ve been making New Year’s collages for as long as I can remember. I do it in place of making resolutions, enjoying the opportunity to reflect on what I want from the coming year in all aspects of my life.

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Writing for Wellbeing

In the autumn I completed a course in Using Writing for Therapeutic Purposes with The Writers’ Academy which has ignited a long-held ambition to run  more workshops with a more explicitly therapeutic purpose.

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Festival time

This is my new author photo. I found it amongst the photos taken by my partner, Paul, following his death in March. This year has mostly been about processing my grief at his loss and at the loss of my mum, but I am gradually remerging and will be putting on my brave author face this autumn at the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield.

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Writing about grief

I’ve not been updating my website much recently because my partner died in March, just three months after the death of my mum. I thought I knew a lot about grief but this grief has been on a scale unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

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Writing on schedule

I’m sitting in The Rude Shipyard cafe with poet, Suzannah Evans, at the moment. It’s our usual Monday rendezvous in which we commit to our writing in one of Sheffield’s cafes. Although we spend a fair amount of time talking and lavish money on lunch and pots of tea, I cherish this time as it’s the one day of the week when I can guarantee that I will at least write something.

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Writing retreat at Ty Newydd

I began my first working day of the new year thinking that my favourite writing retreat run by NAWE at Ty Newydd wouldn’t be happening this year owing to lack of funding and by the end of Monday, I found myself volunteering to run it with my colleague, Liz Cashdan.

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Happy New Writing Year

2015 was a good writing year for me. I published my first book which included a launch in Waterstones in Piccadilly and media coverage in the Observer and the Guardian and the Daily Mail.

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