Courses

Cinnamon Press writing weeks

Our March course is now full.

We hope to run a 5 day master-class in the autumn, so watch this space.

In the meantime, join us for:

Writing into the Reverie

Join Jan Fortune, Cinnamon Press founder and editor and host of the website, Becoming a Different Story, and North Wales writer and editor, Adam Craig, for an inspiring weekend of creative writing workshops, in the inspirational Peak District scenery of Wirksworth with its unique Star Disc, and in the company of a small group of writers.

Where? In the beautiful village of Wirksworth, in a lovely studio with its own orchard, owned by Cinnamon author, Tricia Durdey and artist, Aidan Shingler.

When? April 12–14.

We will begin with supper and an evening session on Friday 12th and end, after a late afternoon meal, on Sunday, so that all sessions can be attended even if you need to leave for Monday morning work.

Cost? £120 per person.

The price includes all workshops plus Friday supper, a light lunch and evening meal on Saturday, and snacks and a late afternoon meal on Sunday. Delicious home-cooked meals will be prepared by Aidan Shingler, who is also the artist behind Star Disc. The scenery is free and there are stunning walks on the doorstep.

Please note: This course does not include accommodation. There is a superb B&B, The Old Lock Up, and several short-term holiday lets in the village, on AirBnB, and other sites both in Wirksworth and nearby villages.

The group? The course is open to all writers and exercises can be worked on in prose or poetry. We will be diving deeply into our material and themes so come willing to take some leaps and stretch yourself.

The course? The workshops will focus on making your writing come to life, whether you are working on fiction or poetry. The group will be limited in size, to allow everyone to participate fully and to share work as they feel comfortable (it's never compulsory to do so). In addition to stimulating workshops there will be time to write, share inspiration and relax.

Interested? Fill in a booking form.

You can send a deposit of £60, with the balnce of £60 due on March 1. 0r the whole amount of £120 on booking.

Payments can be by cheque, or via Paypal, or by bank transfer to Cinnamon Press (full details on the booking form).

If you have any questions, email Jan.

The tutors & hosts

Jan Fortune read theology at Cambridge and has a PhD in feminist theology and an MA in creative writing. She has taught creative writing for the Open College of Art, The Writer's House, the Arvon Foundation Women on Tour, Ty'n y Coed and Abri, and does mentoring work as part of the co-operative, Triskele Writes. As founder and editor ofu Cinnamon Press, she has edited over 300 books and helped many writers toward publication. Her books include novels (A Good Life, Dear Ceridwen, The Standing Ground, and Coming Home) and poetry collections, (Particles of Life, Stale Bread and Miracles, her collaborative sequence exploring emotions through the landscape and architecture of an abandoned slate mining village, Slate Voices, and the collection, Turn/Return). She is currently finishing the third novel in the Casilda Trilogy, For Hope is Always Born, which follows on from This is the End of the Story and A Remedy for All Things, and beginning a new novel, Saoirse's Crossing. Jan runs the website, Becoming a Different Story, which helps writers to make their writing and writing lives more congruent. Her online courses and mentoring help writers to explore their values as writers and ways of deepening the writing process.

Adam Craig, is a writer, editor, writing mentor and graphic designer. In addition to being director of the Cinnamon imprint, Liquorice Fish Books, he is responsible for most of Cinnamon's recent book covers. Adam has worked variously as a photographer, a web designer and programmer, lasted a whole four days working on a telephone technical support line, and an unfeasibly longer period in local government. His speculative and weird fiction short stories can be found in anthologies from Dog Horn Press, Alchemy Press, BooHoo Books and Eibonvale Press. His 2017 short story collection, High City Walk was short listed as that year's best story collection in the Saboteur awards; his second novel, In Dreams, the Minotaur Appears Last has been described as "entracing". Adam is also the author of the novel, Vitus Dreams and a sequence of prose poetry, Year W. When not wishing he had more time to listen to the music (mostly jazz and classical but there's a lot of music out there), he is working on several interconnected novels that examine myth, magic, and other imaginal realms.

Seth Fortune has a first class degree in Film Production, and an MA with distinction in Creative Writing. After two periods of interning for Cinnamon Press, he is currently working as communication director for the press while setting up a series of writing residentials in Europe for 2020. Seth is currently working on a utopian exploratory novel, the first in series.

Tricia Durdey trained as a dancer and choreographer in London and Amsterdam in the late 1970s, and worked for many years as choreographer and dancer. Ten years ago,m she made the decision to concentrate on writing, and has since had short fiction published by Cinnamon Press, Chester University Press, Mslexia, and Matter (Sheffield Hallam University). Her first full-length novel is The Green Table, set in the Netherlands as Nazi Occupation changes the lives of dance teacher, Hedda Brandt, student Katje and Kai Hoffman, whose family have befriended Hedda. She is currently working on a sequel.

Aidan Shingler has worked as an artist, writer and activist for four decades. He co-authored On the Receiving End, exploring the emotional and psychological impact of psychiatric assault and calling for radical reform of the mental health system. His most recent book is Psyche, the visionary potential of unusual states of consciousness. Aidan's extraordinary sculpture, Star Disc, is a 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre set on the hill of Stoney Wood above Wirksworth. It spans 12 meters and a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere's night sky is carved into black granite. The surface of the stone circle is inscribed with the constellations, their names, and a depiction of the Milky Way. Contrasting with the star chart is a perimeter of silver granite on which 12 seats are positioned. The seats denote the months of the year. Dark skies sensitive lighting illuminates StarDsic powered by our nearest star the Sun.