'Hard to pick out one or two sessions as they were all astoundingly valuable and liberating… Conversations, discussions, analysis with such a diverse and knowledgeable, insightful group has been invaluable. Well led by every staff member or visitor.'
'The workshops I attended were fantastic…In all of the above workshops I have managed to produce some writing which can be used for my current project/portfolio. All workshops have useful exercises to help us practice on certain skills. It was good to listen to the writing of other fellow students and learn from them.'
'Brian’s session on setting and character was so enlightening, the exercise on describing setting will change the way I write/place my characters in their setting or use setting to show character – great stuff!'
'Graham’s session on critical/writerly reading was, for me, the best session of the week. The opportunity to have our work critiqued and to participate in the critiquing of others, face to face was an invaluable experience for us distance learners and the only regret I have is that we did not have even more of it. I learnt so much at that session, listening to Graham critique work word by word, line by line was nothing short of incredible.'
'I found everything useful to me, besides the publisher interactions, which were just fun. I found that Brian’s workshop on place, setting and character made the writing process much more considered, more a process of composition than my usual impulsive outpouring. The synopsis workshop was particularly helpful because it helped me to order the short fiction I’ve been working on and start thinking about grouping the stories. I didn’t know Graham at all until coming to this school, but his sense of humour makes it easy to get used to him very quickly. His generosity of spirit and enthusiasm goes a long way to encourage a writer mired in doubt.'
'The workshops were excellent, the real highlight of the week. I particularly enjoyed Jane’s workshop which was a complete surprise as I hadn’t read all that much poetry. Graham’s critical reading workshop was excellent, a really enjoyable discussion on how to read, interpret and enjoy prose and poetry.'
'Brian really blew me away, even though he’s my tutor and I’m already a little bit used to him. His reading will stay with me as one of the absolute highlights of my listening life.'
'Readings brilliant, along with discussion and informality. I have been amazed at what I found possible when prompted by any given framework or structure.'