Useful Links for Writers
Adam is a police detective in California that helps writers with the cop stuff in their writing. Each week there is a curated list of links that crime-fiction writers will find interesting and useful. For more information visit writersdetective.com
Introducing Jericho Writers
Debi Alper has been a freelance editor since 2006, working on an average of 2-3 novels a month. She also runs the 6-week Jericho Writers’ online Self-Edit Your Novel course, which boasts a 1 in 5 success rate for alumni going on to be published.
Chez Castillon – like RFY but in Bordeaux¬! Just released their new programme of workshop weeks featuring tutors – plane fare is extra but en suite rooms and one of my favourite writing places if you can spend more time further away. Eg Jane Wenham Jones’ course from £950 6-12 April. More here.
Salons — Words Away
Self-Publishing Advice Conference | Alliance of Independent Authors
If you are interested in self-publishing for pleasure or profit, there are lots of free talks available at this conference attached to the London book fair. Click here for info.
Robert McKee is renowned in the industry and if you ever saw Adaptation, the Nicholas Cage film, it was McKee they characterised as the crotchety but brilliant script expert. Sign up for his newsletter, where he will give you not only regular snippets of info about writing conundrums but also short videos analysing films, and links to other free tips and hints. Robert’s website is McKeestory.com
Have you done any learning or workshops about novel writing? You may benefit from one of Retreat West’s novel-writing courses. Find more info on their range of courses here.
Also available – Memberships
Stay in a wonderful Italian country house in Abruzzo, overlooking the Gran Sasso Mountains and close to the sea. An all inclusive writers retreat with interactive workshops for anyonewho wants to write, learn about self-publishing and marketing. Find out more via sunflowerpublishing.com.
Urban Writers’ Retreat
Urban Writers’ provides time and space for any writer to escape the world and just write. Charlie Haynes runs one-day retreats in the city or longer writing retreats in the countryside. Find more on Urban Writers’ Retreat here.
Update – summer 2020: Charlie is taking a temporary break from planning full board writers retreat in Devon. Email her here for the latest info.)
WRITER’S BOLTHOLE IN ZONE 2, N London My lovely author and broadcaster pal has a superb self-contained guest-house studio in N London. She offers self-catering from £300 a week. Kitchen facilities. Sleeps up to 3. Go here to see it on cottages.com but contact us if you’d like to be put in touch with her direct for special offers.
Useful links: Benefits of Writing
Interesting article focusing on this therapeutic benefits of writing, journalling, and being creative during illness. Written for a cancer website, but of general interest too.
Visiting Therapists and Local Yoga
Local Yoga with lovely Jennie at Nimblelimbs – Themed Weeks now available – see our Themed Events Page
Visiting massage therapist Emma Barnes – [email protected]
Reiki and reflexology with talented Sam Kettles 12 mins drive away. Email us for details [email protected]
Places to Go Nearby
Clovelly Village – cobbled streets and nostalgia – 40 mins drive
RHS Garden Rosemoor – 20 mins drive
Beaches – Widemouth Bay beach and Bude – 35 mins drive
Atlantic Village outlet, Bideford – 30 mins
Unique Devon Tours – Fancy a tour around Devon while you are here? http://www.uniquedevontours.com
Email Alex for more information [email protected]
Wild Guide Devon, Cornwall and the South West – hidden places, great adventures & the good life – Daniel Start, Tania Pascoe, Jo Keeling You can also buy the digital version of this book for £6.99
Cycling and Ruby Country
The Tarka Trail – cycle 32 miles from Barnstaple to Braunton
North Devon Biosphere Reserve
Information about Sheepwash
The Sheepwash Chronicle – local magazine incl local bus times (three times a week to three different local towns)
FisherMansToolbox.com is a handy site for all things Fishing, including reviews of helpful equipment, such as depth finders and other tools that help fishermen make the most of the time they spend on the water.
Medical Detection Dogs – clever canines helping humans in detection of disease – Debbie is an ambassador.
Find more useful info on local places of interest in our blog here.