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Updated: 4 December 2023

I email my list every now and then 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

29 February – 3 March 2024

The November 2023 retreat was enjoyed by all … and now it’s time to book for 2024. Booking your accommodation ahead of time is essential.

  • 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 for both March (29 Feb – 3 March) and 14-17 November retreats. Full details here.

RedPen Editing

Keen to start editing?

You are welcome to join the RedPen Editing Facebook group where I post an editing tip every day ….

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

Click here for details.

And my courses are available in my Shop.

Dates for your diary


6 December 2023: 10am-12.30pm

Zoom meeting hosted by me: an opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of self-publishing and to share experiences to date

Join the Facebook group here. We share information and support each other in our publishing journey.


These Zoom workshops are hosted by me, Anne Rainbow, and presented by novelist Kerry Hadley-Pryce, a creative writing lecturer at Wolverhampton University who specialises in psychogeography.

10am-12.30pm GMT (ie UK time).

£30/class. Full details here.

Dates for 2024:

  • 31 January, 28 February, 27 March, 24 April
  • 22 May, 19 June, 17 July
  • 25 September, 6 November, 4 December

Topics for 2024 will be announced soon. Watch this space!


For one-on-one help, book a 30-minute Zoom session with me via the RedPen Shop.

Further details of how to book and what’s provided are here.

RedPen Write-Ins

Via Zoom: Monday-Friday 9-10am

Two 25-minute writing sessions

Free to attend … write among friends

Full details here.

RedPen Mentoring

Space within the RedPen Mentoring group is limited.

For details of what’s available, at what price, click here.


If you’d like me to thank you for any help I’ve given, you can always treat me to a virtual cup of coffee.

Links: in case you missed them …

I have a short story called The Shell Necklace in this anthology. It’s based at Harlyn Bay, a place close to my heart in many ways.

Click here for the Kindle and paperback version via Amazon.


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