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October 9, 2011

This week my writing came full circle in the sense that I started to teach for the W.E.A. in Darlington.  Not in the same building where I attended a course over twelve years ago, but for the same organisation.  In 1999 I signed up for a creative writing course with Cynthia Fuller at Bennett House.  It was my intention to write prose, but having picked up on my rhythmic style, Cynthia steered me towards poetry, which I continued to develop by taking a Continuing Education Certificate in Creative Writing with the University of Leeds between 2000 and 2002. During this time I was a member of both Bennett House and Bedale Writers’ Groups.  I then turned my attention to fiction writing and completed a novel writing course with Wendy Robertson in 2006.  Wendy also commented on my poetic prose style.  Interest in family history led me to taking an online module in Writing Family History with the Open University in 2007.  This paved the way for signing up for an M.A. in Creative writing with Teesside University in 2009.  This week I learned that I have passed the course!

Now I am focussing on delivering the ten week courses in Life Writing that I designed as a result of both my teaching and writing background and experience.  Fifteen people have enroled for the course in Darlington.  The group is a mixture of both males and females, ranging in age from 43 to 89.  Everyone is interested in writing either their own or their family’s life story, mostly for future generations to read, although a few are aiming at publication.  If you are interested in joining a group of this kind, the next course starts in Gilling West near Richmond, North Yorkshire on the 1st November.  Further courses will run in Darlington in 2012.  For details conact me on 07808 063944.

Details of writers’ groups in your area can be found at  Groups can be searched both by geography and group type.

  1. Sounds like a great course Judith and how satisfying to be now teaching where you were once learning!

  2. Hope the course goes well, Judith – you’ve obviously come a long way in a short time. Best wishes.

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