Workshop Courses

Guests will choose ONE from a selection of SIX different workshops covering:

  • Poetry
  • Short Stories
  • Advanced Contemporary Romance
  • Novel Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Painting and Drawing

All tutors are invited to join us by recommendation only. They have been selected for their unique ability to join in the informality that represents the most important aspect of all WRITERS’ HOLIDAY events. Each workshop will consist of six one hour sessions and will run from Saturday morning through to Sunday lunchtime (lunch included).

1. Poetry Workshop With Alison Chisholm

Come and revel in the joy of writing poetry, and take home finished poems, work-in-progress and a mass of ideas.

We’ll look at acquiring and developing the skills required for writing traditional and free verse poetry, and there will be informal discussion and plenty of opportunity to share our thoughts.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience.

About Alison Chisholm

Alison Chisholm writes poetry for literary magazines, anthologies, collections and competitions, and is an experienced tutor. She wrote the distance learning course in poetry for The Writers Bureau and various books on the craft of writing poetry and memoirs. Her latest, The Poet’s A-Z, is an extended compilation of the glossary that first appeared in Writing Magazine, for whom she also writes the Poetry Workshop and Poetry Competitions columns. She lives in Southport with a lovely but long-suffering husband, and Byron and Shelley. They’re the cats.

2. How to Write a Terrific Tale with a Twist (and how to market it) with Della Galton

The twist ending story: What works? What doesn’t?

What’s predictable? What’s not?

A step by step guided workshop.

This course is suitable for beginners or experienced writers and will include workshops. It is designed to give you practical tips, advice and feedback in a friendly and informal and very supportive atmosphere. During the weekend students will look at markets that still buy twists and write one from scratch under Della’s guidance. Be prepared to work hard and eat chocolate!

About Della Galton

Della Galton is a novelist, short story writer and journalist with over 30 years’ experience in publishing.  Her work includes several novels and over 2000 short stories published in the UK and abroad.  She is also the agony aunt for Writers’ Forum magazine. Della’s hobbies include marathon running and extreme workouts at the gym.  Fortunately – er hem –  she is too busy writing to indulge herself in these hobbies very often! Her latest novel, Sunshine Over Bluebell Cliff, is published by Boldwood. Her How to Write Books are available from Amazon.  For more information about Della see:

3. Advanced Contemporary Romance with Kate Walker

This is a NEW workshop, designed specifically for those who have already attended Kate’s courses at Fishguard, Caerleon, or elsewhere., or who have read her Guide to Writing Romance.

Move your novel on with Kate’s help and advice – exclusively each year at Fishguard.

Guests are required to complete and submit work to Kate prior to the marathon workshop weekend commencement.

Strictly limited to first 15 bookings

About Kate Walker

Kate Walker has been writing romances  for Harlequin Mills & Boon since 1984. During that time she has had over  65 romance novels published in thirty-five countries and more than twenty different languages worldwide.   There are even Manga graphic editions of her books in Japan and America.   Kate is also the author of the 12 POINT GUIDE TO WRITING ROMANCE which gives an introduction to the essential skills needed to succeed as a writer of Romance.  This book won both the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Best Book for Writers’ 2004 Award and the CataRomance Readers’ Choice Best Writing Reference 2004  Kate  has an MA in English from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and worked as a Children’s Librarian before concentrating on writing full-time. She has run writing days and workshops on fiction and has given over two hundred talks to writers’ groups, libraries, further education colleges. She has also run many internet classes and workshops and has led one day workshops on writing romance at Huddersfield Reading Matters Festival, Guildford Festival, Derbyshire Literature Festival,   the National Association of Writers’ Groups Writing Festival. She has taught  on many weekend and residential courses – Fishguard  Writers’ and Artists’ Weekends, Writers’ Holidays,  Relax and Write Weekends, Arts Training Central’s Write Away Courses.     She has also given seminars on writing romance at the Romance Writers of Australia and the Romance Writers of New Zealand national conferences. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Romance Writers of America, has taught several times at the RNA Conference and reads and critiques for their New Writers’ Scheme.

Her web site is at:

4. The Novel Workshop with Janet Laurence

Writing a novel is a challenge (all those words!) but it needn’t be daunting. I’ve written crime, general, and romantic novels, present day and historical. At Fishguard on the Novel Writing Course we look at where ideas come from, how to conceive a plot, create characters, conflict and tension, dialogue, denouements, sub-plots and other matters. Small classes mean everyone gets to participate, we do exercises, look at illustrative excerpts from published writers, and end up with a Q & A session dealing with YOUR queries. If you supply a first chapter before coming, you get a critique and a one-to-one session during the weekend. Come and join us.

Submissions of synopsis and first chapter by 11th January LATEST to Gerry.

About Janet Laurence

Janet has written three series of crime novels plus a guide on how to write crime. As Julia Lisle she has written general novels. She was included in a Times list of 100 masters of crime writing and has been a Writer in Residence at the University of Tasmania. She is a past Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and is currently chair of the judging panel for the CWA International Dagger Award.

5. Destination Publication with Simon Whaley

Passports, please! All aboard this weekend course of travel writing. Our destination is Publication, a world-wide port-of-call offering sun, sand, sea and … spondulicks.

On our weekend journey we’ll be calling at:

  • Ideas Town (to peruse the shops, and find the perfect travel idea),
  • Global Market (to see who might be interested in our travel wares),
  • Sensual Safari (to learn how to dazzle our readers with our experiences),
  • Structure Circuit (to take our readers on a journey they’ll remember),
  • Perfect Pitch (to witness how to sell an idea before we’ve written it),
  • Gratis Globetrotting (to discover press trips and freelancing freebies).

So pack your bags and prepare for a journey of discovery. Learn how to turn your travel experiences into engaging features that sell. Book now, don’t miss the boat!

About Simon Whaley

Simon Whaley is a bestselling author, and award-winning feature writer. His travel articles have appeared in BBC Countryfile, British Heritage, Country Walking, Coast, The Countryman, Discover Britain and the Simple Things. He’s a regular contributor to the travel section in The People’s Friend (and The People’s Friend Special), and has endured several press trips on their behalf, staying in five-star stately homes and luxury waterside self-catering accommodation… because somebody has to do it. For more information about Simon visit:

6. Painting and Drawing with Susan Alison

Drawing and painting the world around us is a great way to de-stress. Come along and unwind in the art-room – no prior experience required – just bring enthusiasm.

About Susan Alison

Susan Alison paints pictures and writes stories for a living. Her dog, Jack, keeps an eye on her artwork, and her writings, to make sure she keeps earning kibble; every now and then she posts it to her artwork blog and/or sends news of it out in her newsletter. More info can be found on Amazon, and on her website: