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MY WRITING AIMS - HOW IT ALL BEGAN:
 Lois Bird-Maddox at Malaga writing weekend
LoisatWritersSummerSchool2005.jpgLois Bird-Maddox founded 'Relax & Write' UK Creative Writing Courses in 2000, when she was looking for a quiet place to write away from work and house chores whilst on holiday in Spain.
 
She enjoyed the places she visited, staying in family hotels. The food and wine was good and the scenery inspiring. So why not share it with her fellow writers? So began 'Malaga Workshops' - named after the airport you must arrive at!
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Lois is bilingual English-Spanish and knows Spain well. This makes organising the Holiday Breaks so much easier. 
 
The 'Relax & Write' UK Weekend Courses are named 'Relax & Write' to distinguish them from the Courses in Malaga Spain. They began soon afterwards and give an opportunity to many delegates to enjoy writing, without the need to travel far.
 
The Courses do not clash with other organised Writing Schools and are not held in the Summer or during School Holidays, Easter or Christmas time. They are held mostly in October, March and May.You can pay by installments if this is convenient. The Course Leaders are Lois' friends and colleagues. They are all established writers, with excellent teaching experience. The Courses are informal and fun and suit all levels. 
 
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Next 'Relax & Write' Courses are at:
The Royal Agricultural University
Cirencester
12-14 April 2019
All inclusive fee £255
 
 'A weekend  with Stephen Wade - the Book Doctor'
covering The Craft of Writing & Markets for Writing
 Stephen Wade is a multi-published freelane writer, author of 70 books on true crime (modern & historical). He has taught English and Creative Writing for over 25 years and until recently lectured at Hull University. He has contributed to writing magazines, family history magazines and journals. His latest book with Stuart Gibbon is Crime Writer's Casebook.Edit Text
 
Topics to be covered on the course:
Researching & planning stories. Developing characters.
Working out the plot. Using settings.
Focus on how scenes work.

  'Write the Landscape' with Simon Whaley - Author & Photographer
 
 Simon Whaley is an award-winning writer and bestselling author. His articles (and photos!) have appeared in publications such as BBC Countryfile, Heritage, British Heritage (USA), The People's Friends, Cumbria, In Britain, The Observer, Holiday Villas & Cottages and FlyBe Uncovered, and his short stories have been pubnlished in The Weekly News, The People's Friend, Take a Break, Ireland's Own and Take a Break's Fiction Feast. He also successfully sell his images via the Alamy photographic agency.
 
Topics to be covered on the course:
What is Landscape?
Sensing the Landscape - drawing upon all of our senses to convey the whole atmosphere.
Telling Stories - creating scenes, in fiction or non-fiction, to tell a story of the landscape.
Detailing the landscape - adjectives, nouns & adverbs.
How does weather affect our interaction with the landscape?
The landscape as character.
Mapping the landscape - using the visual representation of landscape to inspire creativity.
 
'Write a SHORT STORY in a weekend - Sell it when you get home'
with Della Galton
Della is no stranger to writing fiction. She has sold hundreds of short stories both in the UK and abroad. She also writes serials for Woman's Weekly, teaches all aspects of fiction writing.
Her course are interactive and informal and youwill be given plenty of time to write and receive constructive feedback
 
   'HEART TO HEART' Retreat with Kate Walker
Numbers are limited on this course - please book early.

Kate Walker is a well-known Harlequin Mills & Boon author, having published 67 titles for them in the UK, USA and worldwide. She is also the author of '12 Point Guide to Writing Romance,' Kate's workshops can be adapted to any form of popular fiction, and 'Relax & Write' plan weekend courses, two part courses and retreats, so that you can benefit from her expertise in this genre. Writing Fiction is big business and Kate is an excellent Course Leader of this genre.

Topics to be covered in the course:
A mentoring and learning weekend, on Romantic Fiction. Have an intensive one-to-one with a multi-published author on your writing. Learn what you are doing well - and where problems are - and how to solve them! Enjoy the sort of individual tuition it could cost you hundreds of pounds to experience.
 
4-6 October at The Hayes Swanwick Derbyshire
 
'Beat the Block - are you stuck on your story?
Polish your popular novel and get it moging again - with Kate Walker
 
'A Weekend with the Book Doctor' Stephen Wade
covering the Craft of Writing & on markets for Writing.
 
18-20 October at Gladstone's Library Hawarden Flintshire
'Poetry Retreat' with alison Chisholm
Numbers limited - book early.


Alison Chisholm is an award-winning poet who has over 800 poems published in magazines, anthologies and ten collections, or brodcast by the BBC Radio 4 Radio Network Northwest and Channel 4 TV. Alison has written textbooks on aspects of creative Writing and the Writers' Bureau poetry correspondence course. She teaches in adult education, gives talks and readings, adjudicates competitions and is poetry correspondent for 'Writing Magazine.' She is an excellent tutor. Her courses are informal and friendly. With plenty of time to develop your writing style, you will receie constructive feedback and guidane on how to express yourself in the written word.

Date & Venue to be confirmed:
'Self Publish' in Print & On-line with Malclm Chisholm
'Writing for Magazines' with Simon Whaley
'Writing Poetry from Art' with Alison Chisholm
'Writing Mini-Memoirs & Celebration Books' with Alison Chisholm 



These Courses suit all levels.They are informal and fun.
Book early and pay by instalments. 
Contact Lois tel 01454 773579
Book early and pay by instalments
Please let your Group know about our 'Relax & Write' Weekend Courses.
Introduce a friend and receive a 'Writer's Goodie Bag' as a Thank You. 
 
For information on your course please contact 'Relax & Write':
PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHEQUE OR TRANSFER TO:
E. L. MADDOX.
 
e-mail loisbm@aol.com  UK tel. 01454 773579
 
Write to: The Secretary, 'Relex & Write', 9 (D) Langthorn Close, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol, BS36 2JH, UK