Museums and galleries were put on hold last week, instead I took the train to Port Isaac in Cornwall to attend a three day writing course. It was with a degree of trepidation that I agreed to accompany the Godmother of son number two westwards. What would we do all day? Would the evenings be devoted to serious discussions of the writer’s craft? As it turns out my fears were groundless and we had a ball.

Place to Write, Port Isaac

Room with a view

Moira Please and Jane Ayres also once attended a writing course and came away feeling that maybe they could host a more convivial gathering. They came up with ‘The Place to Write‘, set about finding inspiring venues and gifted tutors. Last week’s venue was a large and comfortable house on the cliffs overlooking Port Gaverne.  Chrissie Manby was our tutor: she is the author of thirty novels and an excellent guide to writing novels, her lessons were inspiring. Moira and Jane provided tasty food and plentiful drink.

Place to Write

Plotting masterclass

Mornings were devoted to the fine art of plotting and in the afternoons we were left to our own devices. Some of our free time was devoted to clicking away on our laptops but most of it was spent seeking inspiration on the South West Coast path. The scenery led us to expect Ross Poldark to come galloping along the cliffs to greet us, sadly he didn’t appear even though the Godmother is the spitting image of Demelza. Coffee shops and tea rooms usually feature high on list of any successful Cultural Wednesday outing, this time the food and drink provided left no room for any extra curricular treats.

Coastal Path

CHRIS MANBY has written an excellent guide to plotting your novel  WRITING FOR LOVE – HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN 11 EASY STEPS is 99p on Amazon click here to download



  1. April 1, 2015 / 8:31 am

    Marvellous! Thank you for all the kind comments. Sorry about the inability to visit tearooms, Jane and I always like to over cater I fear. It was a lovely week wasn’t it? Such a lovely group of people and such fun. Lovely to meet you, I hope the WIP is progressing with all speed. xx

  2. April 1, 2015 / 9:59 am

    Thank you for coming with me. What a blast! Still on a high.( And if only I was 30 years younger with sexy red tendrils ….) xx

  3. April 1, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    Oh am totally jealous. What a great idea! Love the setting.

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