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28 September, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 29 September, 2020 @ 5:30 pm


‘I have been on several other creative writing courses but this was, without doubt, one of the best. Wendy was firm but kind and inspired me to create stories out of nowhere that improved my writing skills.’ Martin

We are over the moon to be able to announce another Creative Writing Course with author Wendy Holden.

In the stunning setting of historic Chenies Manor House, one of Britain’s finest Tudor mansions, unleash your creative self, helped along by bestselling biographer, novelist and historian Wendy Holden.

Whether you are interested in writing a novel, a biography, or a short story, this course is for you. Participants will be guided in how to develop prose style.  The mornings will be structured around a series of exercises and writing prompts with the aim of improving your understanding of how to structure a piece of prose and to create believable characters, plots, scenes and dialogue.  During the afternoon workshops, participants will be encouraged to share work in progress and there will be guided discussions on ways in which to develop your material further.

The course is suitable for beginners as well as those embarking on a project already begun.

By the end of the course you will leave equipped with skills and techniques to help you refine your work, plus the support of your tutor and fellow writers to encourage and support you on your writing journey.

Wendy Holden has published over thirty books, including many Sunday Times bestsellers and also many books which have transferred to TV and radio.  Starting out as a journalist, she can turn her hand to a variety of genres.  Her non-fiction writing has chronicled the lives of remarkable subjects, including the international bestseller “Born Survivors” which tells the true story of three young mothers who hid their pregnancies from the Nazis and gave birth in the concentration camps.   Wendy brings an enormous amount of writing experience to her courses and is incredibly generous with her support to emerging writers.  She is happy to work with anyone in the writing process from complete novices to accomplished and published writers.  We’re so pleased that she has agreed to return to teach again.

To take part in the course, please reserve a place via the link below.  To secure your place, payment must be made by telephoning or calling into the shop and subsequently, an email will be sent to you with all the details.  The price of the two day course also includes refreshments, lunch and afternoon tea.

Still wondering if you should sign up? Have a look at what previous delegates have said:

‘Wendy was so easy to learn from and really helped me get to grips with the overview of my story – giving it a beginning, a middle and an end in a way I hadn’t managed before. This gave me the confidence to carry on.’ Lin

Wendy enthused the group with her infectious enthusiasm and her love of writing. She is a wonderful listener and her comments are always positive and supportive. Wendy’s courses are always fun, her smile is infectious and she encourages her students to aim high.”

Wendy welcomes the group with the warmest smile. Her busy sessions are lively and productive. Always encouraging, she praises where it is due, but explains with great clarity those areas needing further attention.”  Mary Knott, artist

Wendy is a talented and supportive teacher. She comes up with creative and stimulating ideas for exercises, and always manages to say something positive and encouraging about one’s work. One of the things I most liked about her course was the laughter, but also the sympathetic silence when something serious emerged.” Christine Rafaat, published author

“I cannot begin to tell you how inspiring Wendy’s course was. Since I have been back I cannot stop writing. It was an amazing experience, one I will never forget. Her future students will be very fortunate to have such a talented teacher.” Loraine Fowler, first time writer

Wendy’s enthusiasm for writing is inspirational and has stayed with me long after the end of the course.” Mary Robinson, published poet


28 September, 2020 @ 9:30 am
29 September, 2020 @ 5:30 pm


Chenies Manor House Chenies, WD3 6ER


Chorleywood Bookshop
01923 283566
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