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 for writing groups, reading groups, libraries or literary events: please call 07827 455723 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
... to all who attended courses in Plotting and Crafting your Submission in May, my courses at the Winchester Writers' Conference, my workshop on Life Writing in Oxford and the two Oxford University summer schools I ran. I've had a great time meeting you all!
Upcoming workshops: from October to December the new programme is up and open for bookings. Topics: Get Inspired, Stay Inspired; Let's Get Spooky; Plotting - What's at Stake (Sorry, this workshop is now full); Share and Support Workshop (Due to a cancellation, one place on this workshop is now available); Spiritual Journeys (Sorry - this workshop is now full, subject to confirmation). Full details on the Focus Workshops page. Please contact me if you want to be put on the waiting list for any of the workshops that are full.
New! I'll be running my first Simply Write Retreat in November - go to the Simply Write Retreat page to find out more. [Note: booking for this retreat on 9th November closes noon Friday 8th November]
I'm delighted to welcome a new editorial consultant to Fictionfire. If you're writing a screenplay, 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 new feedback service.
I'm also delighted to announce that my republished novel, The Chase, is now available as an ebook on Kindle and Kobo and as a paperback, ISBN 978-0-9576474-1-1.
More exciting news: my unpublished children's novel, Hinterland, has reached the shortlist of four for Pan Macmillan's Write Now Prize.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 email@example.com or call 07827 455723.