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Spring Writing Weekend in Chesterfield, England

I don’t often get the chance to share my thoughts about writing or give new authors what I hope will be useful and valuable tips for writing success; however, I’m taking part in the SPRING WRITING WEEKEND, and I’m delighted to be giving a workshop on creating fictional characters. I firmly believe that if a reader is interested in a character in a story or novel that’s one of the major keys to successful writing. Here are the details that have been provided for me by the organizers of the event:

Alt.Fiction is proud to present its Spring Writing Weekend – the perfect chance for writers of science fiction, fantasy and horror to meet and work with like-minded people and enjoy workshops and talks with established authors in the field. Offering workshops, feedback sessions and expert advice, these weekends are sure to both inform and inspire.

Spring Writing Weekend, 20th–22nd May

Guest Speakers:
Simon Clark – acclaimed horror novelist and author of The Night of the Triffids
Tony Ballantyne – science fiction writer of the Recursion Trilogy and the Penrose Series
Venue: Legacy Chesterfield Hotel, Malkin Street, Chesterfield, S41 7UA

With a convenient location next to Chesterfield rail station and a wide range of leisure facilities, the Legacy Chesterfield Hotel is a great place to work and relax.

The Spring Writing Weekend costs just £180, including two nights’ shared accommodation, all meals and hot drinks, plus a full programme of writing activities throughout Saturday and Sunday featuring two guest authors.

Day rates are also available for the 21st and 22nd May at only £40 per day, including access to all workshops, lunch and drinks throughout.

To book your place, or for any enquiries, email or call Alex on 07896 228367

Schedule information at

A £90 deposit is required to confirm your place, with a further £90 to be paid at least one week before the event. Deposits are non-refundable except in case of event cancellation. No refunds will be given in case of any changes to guest authors, or in the event of participants being unable to attend for any reason. Please note, the deadline for booking your place is 4 May 2011.

By the way, just a heads-up on some of my latest publications. Whitby Vampyrrhic is now available in paperback. And Telos have produced a beautiful little gem of a book called Humpty’s Bones. This contains my novella “Humpty’s Bones”, and the story “Danger Signs”. “Danger Signs” is a story for children, and it’s also one of the spookiest things I’ve ever written! The book, with amazing art by award-winning artist, Vincent Chong can be found here:

I hope the Summer is kind to you, and you have time to relax with a good book or two.

All the best,