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Updated: 26 October 2020

I normally email my list 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.


Series of three Zoom workshops hosted by me and featuring guest presenter Kerry Hadley-Pryce.

  • 23 Sept = Psychogeography
  • 21 Oct = Flash Fiction
  • 18 Nov = Character Creation (1 space)

10am-12.15pm UK time.

Class size max 12. £20/class.

Full details here.

Four more workshops are planned. Put these dates in your diary.

  • 9 December 2020
  • 13 January 2021
  • 10 February
  • 10 March

More information on these workshops will be announced on 18 November.

Feedback opportunity for novelists

Join Joan Dempsey’s Gutsy Great Novelist Community.

Gutsy Great Novelist

It’s a great community for gutsy novelists!

RedPen Editing

Keen to start editing? The RedPen Editing courses restarted in March 2020 but you are not too late to join in.

  • Pruning + Balance + Dialogue + People, Places and Props + Word Choices
  • Punctuation – launch webinar 3 November – book here

I explain my RedPen Editing cycle as described in my book: Editing the RedPen Way: 10 steps to successful self-editing.

RedPen Mentoring

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


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


Dates for your diary

RedPen WRITE-INS – daily opportunity to write/editMeet online for 60 minutes of writing Pomodoro style

2 x 25min writing slots + brief chat at start, middle and end

Usual times …

  • Monday to Friday 9am and 4pm
  • Saturday/Sunday: 10.30am

… but sessions do change from week to week: check here for confirmation of this week’s sessions and the link to join us.


60 minutes Q&A with Anne Rainbow, ScrivenerVirgin. Register here.

ZOOM session at 7pm UK time on Tuesdays:

10 November (NB UK clocks changed on 25 October) 

8 December

5 January 

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.

Simply Scrivener Special

Links: in case you missed them …

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.


Podcast interviews

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