I’m Off To Swanwick!

I’m packed (well nearly) and ready to go. Yep, it’s that time of year again where I go off to The Writers Summer School for a week 🙂 This will be my 3rd year at Swanwick and the programme looks as action packed as ever!


Highlights from the programme that I’m looking forward to this year are:

Screenwriting with James Moran who’s written episodes of Dr Who
Fashioning Fiction from Fact with Syd Moore author of The Drowning Pool & Witch Hunt
How to Write a Self Help Book with Felicity Margolis
Talk from Deborah Moggach writer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
The plays put on by the other students and the busking night.
Plus meeting up with friends I haven’t seen for a year!

I’m a big believer in every writer attending conferences, courses, workshops and summer schools. Last year I wrote a post for Sue Howe’s blog, where I tried to persuade her to join me at Swanwick. If you want to join me for 6 days of writing fun (and 6 evenings spent in the bar!) you’ll have to be quick…..it starts tomorrow afternoon, and I’ll be doing me Steward bit, checking people in as they arrive 🙂

If that all seems too much you can attend as a day visitor or stay for 1 or 2 nights.

Right, gotta dash, need to finish packing. I’ll be posting daily about what I’ve been up to but apologies in advance if I get even more behind with blog reading….I usually fall into bed every night exhausted 😉

Have you ever attended a Writers Summer School? I’d love to hear your experiences 🙂

35 thoughts on “I’m Off To Swanwick!

    • It’s a fantastic place Jenny 🙂

      I can highly recommend going to one of these type of events. You learn so much and meet such great people. I did manage to get a bit if writing done 😉



  1. I’ve done a few! But I feel greedy if I do more than one a year so last year’s was Swanwick 🙂 (Yay, I loved it – great courses, great people, wrote 10k words and met with the lovely Meg Davis – I think you said you’re meeting with her? – and had just the most wonderful hour long chat about my novel – whoopee!) and this year’s is The York Writers’ Festival in September. I went to the first one a few years ago which just blew me away so, much as I’d love to return to Swanwick, I’m really looking forward to this one, too. I look forward to hearing about your week and best of luck with your agent slots.


    • I know exactly what you mean Jackie. I did 2 last year and felt incredibly guilty 😦

      Meg was great! 🙂

      Oh wow, so we were both at Swanwick last year….you must come back!

      Hope York is good.



  2. I echo Jackie’s sentiments. Good luck ! Above all else though have fun. Though the days are long and action packed, seeing old friends will be great for you. I envy you and wll expect to read all about ot on your return.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx


  3. Have a great time. I’ve attended a few day conferences in London but nothing as big as that. I’d like too, but I have it on my head that I need to finish my ms and hone my small talk skills first.


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