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 email@example.com NOTE: the site server was down for emails between 22nd and 28th January, so if you tried to contact me then and had no response, please resend your message.
... to all who attended courses, workshops and summer schools I ran last year. I've had a great time meeting you all!
Upcoming day courses:
I'm sorry to announce that in the meantime I have had to postpone May's courses Get Inspired and Stay Inspired, and How to Publish and Market your Book.
Upcoming workshops: the October to December season was a great success, with waiting lists for a couple of them, and this season's series is well underway. Full details of workshops are on the Focus Workshops page. You've now missed Spiritual Journeys (which was so popular in December there was a waiting list), Degrees of Distance, Life into Art and one of the Share and Support Workshops. Parents and Children and another Share and Support remain. (Note: Share and Support 2 has 1 place left; Parents and Children 1 place left.)
Don't forget there's also another Simply Write Retreat on April 12th - visit the Simply Write Retreat page to find out more.
Remember that 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.
My novel, The Chase, is available as an ebook on Kindle and Kobo and as a paperback, ISBN 978-0-9576474-1-1. My short story, Reputation, appears in the Historical Novel Society's anthology of finalists in the 2012 HNS short story competition, 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.
My unpublished children's novel, Hinterland, has reached the shortlist of four for Pan Macmillan's Write Now Prize.
Comments on recent workshops: ' 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)
If you are a member of a writing group and you would like me to run a workshop for you, do please get in touch.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07827 455723.