Courses to get writers creative

A new creative writin centre being established in Whitley Bay with three leading authors (l-r) Carol Clewlow, Christin Goodwin and Kitty Fitzgerald.

A new creative writin centre being established in Whitley Bay with three leading authors (l-r) Carol Clewlow, Christin Goodwin and Kitty Fitzgerald.

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A NEW creative writing centre is being established on Whitley Bay seafront with some of the region’s leading authors as tutors.

Write by the Sea will be based at Northumbria English and Guest School in Victoria Avenue, and will include a series of residential weekends for budding writers.

The first course, called Fictions Foundations, is aimed at those just starting out on the fiction writing highway.

The tutors are both Cullercoats-based, the novelist Carol Clewlow, whose five novels include Keeping the Faith, listed for the Whitbread Prize, and the best-selling A Woman’s Guide to Adultery, which was turned into a TV mini-series, and Kitty Fitzgerald, also the author of five novels, the latest of which, Pigtopia, sold to 17 countries and won second prize in the Barnes & Noble New Writers’ Award held in New York.

The courses will be run in conjunction with the coast-based literary publisher IRON Press, whose editor Peter Mortimer will give the first intake of writers a talk about the publishing industry.

The course runs from 6pm on Friday, September 30, to 3pm on Sunday, October 2, and the price of £275 includes all meals, with all students having single rooms.

The Northumbria English School is run by Christine Goodwin, who has just successfully completed a Masters in creative writing at Newcastle University.

Christine said she was ‘thrilled’ to be part of the new venture.

“This region has a great abundance of fine writers,” she said, “and it seems logical to have something exciting like this in operation to help the new generation of authors.”

Other writers who have already signed up to run courses, which are planned monthly, are the multi-award winning novelist David Almond, screen writer Michael Chaplin, Durham author Wendy Robertson, and coast-based singer/songwriter Pete Scott.

More writers are being approached.

People wanting more details can contact Northumbria Guest House on (0191) 252 5265, e-mail english.school@btinternet.com or IRON Press on (0191) 253 1901 or ironpress@blueyonder.co.uk