Ten things you need to know about …

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School

Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire

10th–16th August 2013

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1 Swanwick, as it’s affectionately known, is a writing holiday in beautiful surroundings. Some people have been going back for years and years.

2 The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the food is delicious. (All dietary needs catered for.)

3 You never feel lost or lonely, because everyone is friendly. There’s a reception for first timers, so right from the start you feel you’re among friends.

4 You meet people who want to talk about writing, reading, and the creative process, as well as simply enjoy each other’s company.

5 There are courses for all kinds of creative writing, also for the nuts and bolts of writing, for example, editing your manuscript, promoting your work, blogging, tweeting, and more.

6 Beginners and published writers are welcomed. Everyone learns, everyone shares expertise.

7 You choose your courses at Swanwick on a day to day basis. There’s such a freedom in doing this, and there’s always room for you. Some are one hour sessions, others an in-depth study spread over several days.

9 You can take as much time out as you like. When you start to feel brain overload, find a quiet spot to write or read, or simply relax.

8 There are lots of extras, which this year included an open mic session, a retro disco, a writers’ quiz, the book room, and of course the bar, which is always buzzing with conversation.

10 The after dinner speakers are talented and entertaining, and have a lot of expertise to share in a lively interesting way.

Next year’s Swanwick Writers’ Summer School is from 9th -15th August.

Find out more at www.swanwickwritersschool.co.uk