Welcome to the Fictionfire website, designed for writers looking for inspiration, support and practical advice.
I'm Lorna Fergusson and I offer creative writing courses, workshops and writers' support services including editorial advice and mentoring. I'm also happy to give talks or run workshops/courses on a wide range of topics for writing groups, reading groups, libraries or literary events: please call 07827 455723 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT NOTE: I had no service (and no voicemail etc) on my mobile phone 31 Oct - 11 Nov, so if you contacted me and left a message or text, please do so again!
... to the brilliant writers who attended my courses in 2014, at Winchester Writers' Festival in June, Oxford University's creative writing summer schools in July and August, and my Focus Workshops and Fictionfire by the Sea during the autumn. I've had a great time meeting you all!
The February - May season of Fictionfire Focus Workshops is now open for booking! Cross to the Focus Workshops page to find out more. NOTE: Ghosts, Share and Support and Vibrant Writing are now all FULL but you can email me at email@example.com to join the waiting list for any of these. Places are still available on Siblings and Short Stories.
I'm delighted to say that my first Fictionfire by the Sea weekend workshop and writing retreat in the gorgeous location of St Ives in Cornwall was such a great success, that I've opened bookings for the next one in April 2015. Cross to the Fictionfire by the Sea page to find out more. NOTE: the Retreat on 17th - 19th April is now full, but you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to join the waiting list and/or to register interest in a further retreat on the following weekend, 24th - 26th April or at a future date.
Remember to sign up for the mailing list using the box on the left, to be kept informed about Fictionfire events and services.
Let me know if there are any particular topics you're interested in - and if you run a writing group, contact me if you'd like me to run a workshop, half day or whole day course for you.
If you're writing a screenplay, editorial consultant Dr Pauline Kiernan can provide you with practical advice and full written feedback on your script. Go to Appraisal and Editing Service and How to Submit pages to find out more about Pauline and this service - she also edits and appraises fiction.
My novel, The Chase, is available as an ebook on Kindle and Kobo and as a paperback, ISBN 978-0-9576474-1-1. You can buy it direct from me if you go to the Online Shop page on this site. The opening to my current work in progress, a historical novel, has just won literary magazine Words with Jam's First Page competition. My short story, Salt, has just won the 2014 Historical Novel Society's conference short story competition and my story Reputation, a finalist in the 2012 competition, appears in the Historical Novel Society's anthology The Beggar at the Gate and Other Stories. My chapter on Pre-writing appears in Studying Creative Writing, published by the Professional and Higher Partnership in the Creative Writing Studies series, which is out now in paperback.
My unpublished children's novel, Hinterland, reached the shortlist of four for Pan Macmillan's Write Now Prize in 2013.
Comments on recent workshops: 'I got so much from the weekend and it really fired my enthusiasm.' Denise on Fictionfire by the Sea; 'Thank you so much for an inspiring and uplifting afternoon!' (P. L. on Get Inspired, Stay Inspired); Fantastic and an eye-opener ... Excellent.' (Rosemary Johns on Setting up your Social Platform); 'Brilliant workshop - lots to think about and I now have a long list of books to add to my 'To Read' pile. Thank you!' (Cathy de Freitas on I Need a Hero workshop); 'It was great to start from what the group thought and to build on that ... Just what I needed - inspiring.' (J.R. on I Need a Hero workshop); 'Useful/enjoyable: developing ideas and thoughts in a collaborative environment with Lorna's direction and experience guiding us' (L.C. on I Need a Hero workshop); 'Crammed with examples from reading, enthusiasm and practical help' (S.F. on Villains with Relish and Short Stories); 'Learned so much. Loved it.' (Anne Teleczkan on Short Stories workshop)
In the meantime, if you need help with firing up your imagination and fuelling your self-belief, go to Writing Inspiration where, amongst other things, you can read the latest Quote of Note and my mini-essay on it.
You can also visit my blog: http://literascribe.blogspot.com for my take on the business of books and the writing life.
For more information about me, go to About Me.
For the various editing, mentoring and critiquing services I offer, go to Writing Support. Various categories of editing help are available: see Editorial and Critique Service and Fees within the Writing Support section for further details.
If you have any questions, please contact me at email@example.com or call 07827 455723.