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Monday, 10 December 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
Now there's a brilliant opportunity to attend a course at Chez Castillon led by the talented and inspiring Jane Wenham Jones.
Is There A Book In You?For anyone who longs to be published, whatever stage of the journey they are at.
|Tutor||Jane Wenham Jones|
|Date||Saturday 6th October – Friday 12th October 2012|
|Course Fee||£825 per person.|
Thursday, 16 August 2012
Saturday, 14 July 2012
'My new novel Prime Time was inspired by some of the bizarre things I’ve got up to, in the name of publicity for my various books. This has included appearing on a variety of TV programmes which has sometimes been huge fun and sometimes led to me watching the re-run through my fingers…
A British romantic comedy by Jane Wenham-Jones, author of 'Perfect Alibis'.
Laura Meredith never imagined herself appearing on TV, she's too old, too flabby, too downright hormonal, and much too busy holding things together for her son, Stanley, after her husband left her for a younger, thinner replacement. But best friend Charlotte is a determined woman and when Laura is persuaded on to a daytime show to talk about her PMT, everything changes. Suddenly there's a camera crew tracking her every move and Laura finds herself an unlikely star. But as things hot up between her and gorgeous TV director, Cal, they're going downhill elsewhere. While Laura's caught up in a heady whirlwind of beauty treatments, makeovers and glamorous film locations, Charlotte's husband, Roger, is concealing a guilty secret, Stanley's got problems at school, work's piling up, and when Laura turns detective to protect Charlotte's marriage, things go horribly wrong. The champagne's flowing as Laura's prime time TV debut looks set to be a hit. But in every month, there's a "Day Ten" ...
Prime Time is published by Accent Press, and is available from Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Waterstones.com all other good book retailers.
You can buy Prime Time here ...
Saturday, 19 May 2012
You can also find my review of The Cornish House over on Bookersatz. I highly recommend it.
Monday, 7 May 2012
If you want a writing retreat or course in incredible surroundings with wonderful company, I highly recommend Chez Castillon.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Two of the loveliest people you could hope to meet have got together to release a book of short stories. They are Caroline Smailes and Nik Perring, and I am delighted to be hosting one of the stories on my blog today.
As well as stories by Caroline and Nik, there are fab illustrations by Darren Craske.
You can buy Freaks here and here.
But in the meantime, here's a little taster for you.
[Super Power: The ability to make oneself unseen to the naked eye]
If I stay totally still,
if I stand right tall,
with me back against the school wall,
close to the science room’s window,
with me feet together,
if I make me hands into tight fists,
make me arms dead straight,
if I push me arms into me sides,
if I squeeze me thighs,
stop me wee,
if me belly doesn’t shake,
if me boobs don’t wobble,
if I close me eyes tight,
so tight that it makes me whole face scrunch,
if I push me lips into me mouth,
if I make me teeth bite me lips together,
if I hardly breathe,
if I don’t say a word.
I’ll magic meself invisible,
and them lasses will leave me alone.
Many congratulations to all involved in Freaks!
Sunday, 8 April 2012
I'm pleased to announce my very first ...
Day Retreat For Writers – 28 April 2012 - at Delapre Abbey in Northampton
Ideas are everywhere – an interactive session focussed on sourcing ideas and making them work.
Free writing session. Take one of your new ideas and start turning it into a story.
Question and answer session. Group discussion of markets, subbing, other directions for your writing, or anything else.
A chance to read out work and get feedback. You can read out what you wrote earlier, or bring something along with you to read out if you prefer.
What next? Goal setting and any final questions.
Please get in touch, by emailing me via my profile, if you'd like more information or a booking form.
You can also find details of my other courses on my website. www.helenmhunt.co.uk
Friday, 24 February 2012
You might be interested to know that there is a Limited Special Edition Hardback of Death Bed, individually signed and numbered. It is available only on http://www.noexit.co.uk/
Leigh has also let me know about a great new service she is providing for writers.
OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS WORKING TOWARDS PUBLICATION
Internationally bestselling crime writer LEIGH RUSSELL is offering expert critique to published and aspiring authors.
Benefit from Leigh’s experience of writing a bestselling series, combined with her skills as a creative writing tutor.
Leigh runs regular workshops for The Society of Authors, and for the annual Get Writing Conference hosted by the University of Hertfordshire.
Leigh will highlight the positive aspects of your writing, while suggesting ways you can improve your manuscript to make it fit for successful submission to agents and publishers.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR MANUSCRIPT
For details of submission and fees contact http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/contact.php
Leigh Russell’s novels have attracted glowing reviews in many publications around the world, including The Times, US Publishers Weekly and Star Magazine and have been:
o shortlisted for a CWA Dagger Award
o in Top 50 Bestseller list on amazon
o a Top Crime Book on Crime Time (voted by readers)
o a Top Read on Eurocrime
o No. 1 international bestselling female detective on kindle
o a Great Crime Sleuth on Lovereading
You can hear Leigh talking about crime fiction, how to get published, and many other topics, as well as reading from her books, on her Author Channel http://www.youtube.com/user/LeighRussellAuthor
For details of submission & fees contact http://www.leighrussell.co.uk/contact.php
Thursday, 9 February 2012
I'm delighted to now be able to share full details of my courses and workshops for early 2012.
Participants on 2011 courses said:
‘Very good value for money’, ‘The course is excellent and a must for anyone wishing to break into the women’s magazine market’, ‘Very supportive and constructive feedback’, ‘A fantastic day’.
Insight Into The Women’s Magazine Fiction Market – 3 March 2012
This workshop will look at writing for the increasingly tough and sadly shrinking women’s magazine market. So if you’ve been writing for a while and want to find out more about this market, this workshop could be for you.
This one day workshop is aimed at people who are interested in writing for the women’s magazine market. It will assume some existing experience of writing short stories and offer help to those who have not yet started to submit stories but would like to, and people who have been submitting for a while but want to increase their chances of success.
The market at the moment is very tough, and there are no guarantees of success, but you can maximise your chances by finding out as much about the market as possible.
We will cover:
• The current state of the market;
• How to tailor stories for particular magazines;
• Making sure your story stands out from the rest;
• What to avoid doing;
• Rewriting stories for a different market.
Lunch and light refreshments are included. The cost of the course is £35 which also includes a critique.
Moving On Short Story Workshop – 31 March 2012
This course will be practically based and will help participants work towards the first draft of a story for their chosen women’s magazine market. They will receive a critique of their story once they have had a chance to finish it after the course.
We will cover:
Coming up with a killer idea including mind-mapping and treasure-mapping techniques;
Thinking of a great title, but not being afraid to let go of it;
The difference between a twist and a surprise;
Creating great characters and writing convincing dialogue;
Using themes and motifs to lift your story out of the ordinary.
Lunch and light refreshments are included. The cost of the course is £40 which also includes a critque.
New for 2012
Day Retreat For Writers – 28 April 2012
Come and spend a day with fellow writers being inspired, exercising your writing skills and sharing your work in a supportive atmosphere at Delapre Abbey. I’m a short story writer, but all writers are welcome to come to this one and benefit from meeting other writers in a supportive atmosphere.
The cost of the retreat is £22. Lunch is not included but you’ll be able to purchase refreshments from the Abbey Tea Room.
All these courses are held in Northampton. Full venue details and maps provided on booking. Please email me for a booking form.
If you can’t make it to a workshop, don’t forget I now offer the totally flexible Hop On Hop Off online course (details here http://www.helenmhunt.co.uk/?
If you have any queries about any of the above, please feel free to email me via my profile or leave a comment here.
Monday, 30 January 2012
I've been aware of Sarah England for a while now as an extremely talented short story writer. Her stories regularly appear in all the magazines and are always a fabulous read.
Sarah's also written a novel, and today I'm thrilled to have her as my guest to talk about that. This is what Sarah had to say about 'Expected'.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Insight Into Writing Short Stories For The Women’s Magazine Market will run in Northampton on Saturday 3 March.
Moving On In The Women’s Magazine Fiction Market will run in Northampton on Saturday 31 March.
New for 2012:
Day Retreat For Writers
Come and spend a day with fellow writers being inspired, exercising your writing skills and sharing your work in a supportive atmosphere.
The retreat will be on 21 April 2012 in Northamptonshire. Exact location to be confirmed.
Further details of the two workshops can be found under the ‘Workshops’ tab on my website. For a booking form, or if you have any questions, please get in touch via the contact page on my website.
And now for something completely different ...
If crime writing is more your thing, the fantastic Adrian Magson will be offering a course at Chez Castillon in April. Adrian really is a fantastic tutor, I've been taught by him so I speak from experience. And it's in France. What could be better?
More details can be found here