We’re now in winter 2017, and all three have passed, but the most recent, Novelists’ Bootcamp, immediately below, will happen again next year, date TBC  For the earlier two, scroll down. They’ll both happen again, but no dates are available at the moment. (though the 1-day THRESHOLDS part of IMBOLC will happen on January 28th 2018 in Totnes).

NB that the Storymaking details have changed for 2018; see one-day workshops page





Would you like to make a leap forward in your fiction writing?
Are you partway through writing a novel? About to pull it together? Finished first draft? Stuck?
If you’d like a top-up of inspiration, technique and general expertise from this very experienced writer and tutor in a small group with time for individual feedback, this weekend might be for you.

The Saturday workshop will focus on theme, central questions, the arc of the plot, a one-sentence synopsis and the opening pages.
On Sunday, we will explore the demands of character and dialogue.

The course is based on my book above, which itself grew from a series of workshops for novelists I’ve been leading since the 1990s (featured in The Guardian in 1998). This now generally takes the shape of an online course, for which the feedback is excellent. Many of my students are now published.

You will need to attend both days. On Saturday, please bring a contribution to a vegetarian lunch. On Sunday, bread, soup and salad are included in the fee.
Tea, coffee etc will be available throughout.

if you contact me at
roselle[at]fire-in-the-head[dot]co[dot]uk or roselle[dot]l[dot]angwin[at]gmail[dot]com
I will give you the necessary info. As the groups are small, to guarantee you a place I then need the full fee immediately.

Please note that the fee is non-refundable if you cancel within a month of the workshop; if you cancel more than a month before I will refund half of your fee. If for any reason I cancel the workshop then of course your full fee is refunded.

Feedback on this weekend 2016:
‘I found [the days] very useful. I left with renewed energy and motivation to complete my “novel in progress”. The [days were] intense and you did work us hard but I was too absorbed in what we were doing to feel tired. I really enjoyed sharing our work and getting feedback from the small group of other novelists, it was amazing how often we all made the same mistakes or agreed on our feedback. Hearing your observations about my writing and the structure of the day that you provided has really helped me achieve clarity about finding a direction for my novel. And reading out my work, although scary, was incredibly uplifting.’ (CB)

‘I hope you agree that the weekend was a triumph and I’m pretty certain that everyone else would agree. You have an amazing ability to foster the sort of compassionate and empathic atmosphere in which we can relax and share our concerns with confidence and honesty. It is a rare thing and it always works. As the days go by, the memory of the experience is enriched and clarified. As I said then, my thirst for writing is alive, despite much work to do in every aspect.’ (MH)




The intention behind all the WILD WAYS work is to bring together felt experience of the natural world with our imagination and some psychological exploration to re-vision our relationships with self, other (including and especially the other-than-human), and the wild – as well as to produce new and inspiring pieces of writing (no previous skills needed in any of this). Think of it as ecotherapy plus – the ‘plus’ being a reciprocity: shifting our centre-of-attention from the needs solely of humans to the needs of other species and the planet as well.

The WILD WAYS ecosoul programme continued last year with the inclusion of the HORSE MEDICINE weekend. This was a huge success, and we’ll once again be working on the wonderful high Exmoor land, with its glimpses of the sea, belonging to Cait Collins not far from Dunster, and with her beautiful horses.

The aim is to reinvigorate our sense of connectedness to other beings, our soul-life and the land through creative exploration.

The weekend, which is non-residential, unfolds through ideas and writing in relation to animal archetypes, and an exploration of the way in which animals in general and horses in particular are or have been part of our individual and collective lives and the gifts they’ve brought us, through to hands-on experience with Cait’s horses – this is often a profoundly healing experience. We’ll continue the exploration of horse spirit medicine on the Sunday morning.

Friday 24 June, 7pm-9pm
Saturday 25 June, 10am-6pm

Sunday 26 June, 10am-1pm.

Horses have shared my life always, as they have Cait’s. I know how profoundly uplifting, inspiring and healing it can be to spend time with them, and to learn their ways. Cait and I both feel that humans need urgently to re-vision our relationship to these animals who have accompanied us through so many millennia, and done so much for us.

Cait’s two very beautiful horses, Rowan and Brigit, are enlisted in her coaching and therapy work. We will have the privilege on the Saturday of some hands-on work one-to-one or more probably two-at-a-time with Cait herself, and one of the horses.

(No previous experience needed.)

Cait and I are both qualified counsellors, and both influenced by Buddhist thinking (mine is tempered with the Western Mystery Tradition). You can read more of Cait’s work here:http://www.theconfidentridercoach.com

and you can see my blog about my experience with Rowan, above, here. Last year’s weekend is on this blogpost.

There are several good places to eat in nearby Dunster, and below you can source local B&Bs. Camping on-site may be possible.

http://www.timberscombe.org <http://www.timberscombe.org&gt;

http://www.dunsteraccommodation.com <http://www.dunsteraccommodation.com&gt;

http://www.dunster.co.uk <http://www.dunster.co.uk&gt;

Outdoor clothing (close to the solstice the weather can be very unsettled, so lots of warm layers, waterproofs, sturdy boots or wellies), oh and just in case, some sunscreen/sunhat. There is a field shelter but we are mainly working outside.

Veggie lunch to share (we hope to have the means to offer hot/cold drinks, and will probably eat informally together in Dunster in the evening. (On Friday, you’ll need to have eaten.)

Drinking water

A notebook and pen

Folding chair/something dry to sit on (even a carrier bag will do)


Directions will be given on booking; you’ll need to arrive half an hour before the start time.

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