writing workshop


On Friday 20th September I’ll be leading a day of writing on Orford Ness – a shingle spit on the Suffolk coast managed by the National Trust, that is full of inspiration for writers,

“The wildness and instability of Orford Ness fascinate me, and I’ve always wanted to encourage other writers to come here – you cannot visit and not be inspired,” says workshop leader Liz Ferretti, whose novel in progress, Samphire Man, is set along the Suffolk Coast of the future, “there’s a lot to take in, so a combination of guided writing exercises from me, Antony Lyons on his thoughtful installation, ‘Sensitive Chaos’, and expert input from National Trust Rangers will open up the past, present and future of this dramatic setting.”

“Orford Ness is a microcosm for bigger themes about how humans live on the planet, and what control and intervention we have,” suggests artist Antony Lyons, whose ‘Sensitive Chaos’ installation is part of an international Heritage Futures project on landscape transformation, which includes zones in Cornwall and Portugal. “The Ness braids and weaves themes of continuous, on-going change. How we understand and observe that change, and how we celebrate it can be a powerful spur to creativity,” Antony Lyons says.

For more information email: orfordness@nationaltrust.org.uk


With two great workshops coming up – The Inner Critic, 27 April, and a day with the National Trust on Orfordness in June – as well as appearing on BBC Radio Suffolk with other writers from my region, it’s been a busy time for me as Writer Revealed.

The Jon Wright Tuesday Takeover on BBC Radio Suffolk
I took part in an evening of talk and music about writing on my regional radio show this week. The show featured a range of writers working in different genres – play scripts, poetry, novels, modern fables, children’s adventure fiction, literary fiction and my own speculative fiction, which if you don’t know is a branch of science fiction – stories set in the future, with their roots firmly in the present.

Here is a link to the whole show:

We talked about different routes into publishing, read out extracts of our work, told our own writer’s stories, and gave tips on how to get started in writing. We also had a lot of fun.

Here are our writing tips: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p076195f 

Writer Revealed – The Inner Critic
The next Writer Revealed taught workshop is on 27 April from 09.30–12.30.
The focus is on getting to know our inner critic, seeing how it helps and hinders, and exploring how we can harness it to actually help us in our writing practice.

Because the workshop is about our relationship with writing, it is suitable for all writers, whether beginner or more experienced, and working in all genres. It's friendly and supportive – we share ideas but don't tend to read our writing out.

The workshops costs £35 for a single booking. There is a five pound discount each if you book with a friend. It runs from 09.30 to 12.30 at the Burness Parish Rooms, Melton, IP12 1PW – two minutes from the Woods Lane roundabout on the A12 at Woodbridge. There is plenty of free parking.

On Thursday 6th June I will be leading a small group of writers on a day workshop in one of the most enigmatic locations on the British coast – Orfordness in the East Anglian county of Suffolk.

Orford Ness, a National Trust National Nature Reserve on the coast of Suffolk, is the inspiration for some of our best nature writers. The sound of the waves on the shingle, waders calling on the estuary, and the wind blowing through the decaying military buildings, make a day on the Ness an unforgettable experience. 

The Orford Ness day writing workshop is on Thursday 6th June 2019. To book go to orfordness@nationaltrust.org.uk or for more information go to nationaltrust.org.uk/orfordness. Places are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. The workshop costs £65.00 for National Trust Members, and £72.00 for non-members and includes the cost of the ferry crossing, as well as a lunchtime writers’ surgery with your tutor.

Participants are asked to meet at Orford Quay at 09.30 and will return to the Quay at 16.30. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for a day in the open. While part of the day will be spent at base camp, facilities are limited on the Reserve, so participants will need to bring food and drink.

If you want any more information about the workshop or the writing day on Orford Ness then please email me, Liz, info@writerrevealed.co.uk

Happy writing. See you all soon!