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Updated: 26 November 2021

I email my list at most once a month or so with a summary of the news and advance notice of special offers. If you’d like to be one of the first in the know, click here.

Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat

10-13 March 2022

  • Needing time away from everyday life, to make progress on a writing project?
  • Looking for good company, fellow writers, to help you to find your muse?
  • Excited by the prospect of a few days of unadulterated writing?

The Hope Cove Writers’ Retreat Weekend is designed for you!

Places limited to 12. Taking bookings now. Full details here.

RedPen Editing

Keen to start editing?

You are welcome to join the RedPen Editing Facebook group.

And you can learn all about my RedPen Editing cycle in my book: Editing the RedPen Way: 10 steps to successful self-editing.

And, my courses are now available!

Click here for details.

RedPen Mentoring

Space within the RedPen Mentoring group is limited. For details of what’s available, at what price, click here.

Dates for your diary


Another series of Zoom workshops hosted by me and featuring guest presenter Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

Final one for 2021!

  • 1 Dec: Creative Non-fiction

10am-12.30pm GMT (UK time).

£30/class. Full details here.

Provisional dates for 2022

2 February, 2 March, 6 April, 4 May, 8 June, 6 July, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November, 30 November


60 minutes Q&A with Anne Rainbow, ScrivenerVirgin.

ZOOM session at 4pm UK time on Tuesdays.

2021: 7 December

Even if you can’t attend live, register anyway and you will be sent a link to the recording. Members of RedPen (free to join) have access to all previous recordings, dating back to January 2018.

In 2022, I’m cutting back on my workload so there will be no group sessions. However, if you need one-on-one help, you can book a 30-minute Zoom session with me via the RedPen Shop.

And members of RedPen can still access the recordings of previous events.

Simply Scrivener Special


You can now ‘hire’ me via Fiverr. Click here for details. NB you may need to register as a buyer …


Links: in case you missed them …


Read all about my short life lessons on the World Class Performer’s website.

In discussion with Jo Parfitt on 2 July

Using Scrivener for Memoir, Fiction and Non-Fiction: click here to see the recording.

In discussion with Jo Parfitt on 4 June

60 mins talking about Story Arcs and Themes in Fiction and Memoir – and answering questions. Hosted by Jo Parfitt.

To see the slides, click here. To watch the recording, click here.

In discussion with Jo Parfitt on 7 May

60 mins talking about editing – and Scrivener – and answering questions. Hosted by Jo Parfitt. Click here for the recording. 
Jo Parfitt recording

Scrivener 101

On 21 April, I spent an hour with Lisa Lepki (Director of Marketing at ProWritingAid) presenting my slides on how to get started in Scrivener, how to use Scrivener when editing/publishing, and answering questions.

Join the ProWritingAid Facebook group to view the recording.


Interviews on SoundArt radio

Christine Cooke and I visited Dartington to talk about Wednesday Writers with Dave Clarke ( on SoundArt radio . You can listen to that interview here.

Autumn 2019, I was interviewed by Dave Clarke and we talked about writers’ retreats. You can listen to that interview here.

Guest interview on JoinedUpWriting podcast #88 16 October 2018

Hanieh Vidmar interviewing me about how and when to write your book. Click here to listen.

Brace yourself for the very excited Marc Guberti interviewing me about NaNoWriMo! Click here to listen.

Guest interview on the JoinedUpWriting podcast.Joined Up Writing Podcast

Guest posts

A guest post on the NaNo blog. Click here.

A guest post on Dan Buri’s NothingAnyGood website.Dan Buri Guest Post