Recently returned from another wonderful week at Writers’ Holiday in Fishguard, South Wales. I really did make a holiday of it this year, stopping overnight at Caersws on the way and visiting Powys Castle at Welshpool. The next morning I digressed to Lampeter hoping to visit the Welsh Quilt Centre but it was closed. I spent a couple of pleasant hours pottering round the town before heading to Fishguard along the coast road, arriving at Fishguard Bay Hotel around 3 pm.
I got the customary great welcome from Anne and Gerry who run Writers’ Holiday and was soon settled in my room. The Fishguard Bay Hotel is a fantastic venue for writers with lovely views across the bay and plenty of good walks round the headland. I had the first two days free before teaching my own course, so was able to take advantage of some quiet time for writing, as well as engaging in some of the taster sessions and evening activities on offer. First night is the annual quiz which I certainly didn’t want to miss, and I also took part in the poetry tea time sessions which end in a final evening performance.
The main courses consist of 8 hours teaching on specific subjects, mine was on serendipitous writing, and we had lots of fun playing word games with spoonerisms, Oulipo exercises, splicing and cut up techniques but on the serious side, some excellent plots and characters emerged and I was delighted with the work produced over the course. The courses on offer are really varied and cover many different genres, there is even a painting course for those interested.
Over the years, I have made so many friends at Writers’ Holiday and many of us keep in touch via Facebook. I would really hate to miss it. Fortunately I have been asked to lead another course next year, this one will be titled ‘Writerly Desire’ and will cover writing erotic scenes in a number of genres. For more information about Writers’ Holiday, click here