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 info@fictionfire.co.uk. 


... to the brilliant writers who've attended the spring season of Focus Workshops, Fictionfire by the Sea Writers' Workshop and Retreat , and my courses for Winchester Writers' Festival and Oxford University's creative writing summer schools. 

I will soon be opening bookings for the autumn season of Fictionfire Focus Workshops and, after the success of two Fictionfire by the Sea weekend workshop and writing retreats in the gorgeous location of St Ives in Cornwall, I'll have news of a new retreat in a new location. Please sign up to my mailing list to be kept informed! (This website will be undergoing a process of migration to new software over the next three weeks so I'll be unable to update or open the online shop for bookings - but if you join the mailing list you can reserve places on workshops when I announce them initially by email.)

Let me know if there are any particular aspects of writing 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. Visit my Courses and Focus Workshops pages to see the kinds of topics I've covered in the past.

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. In 2014, the opening to my current work in progress, a historical novel, won literary magazine Words with Jam's First Page competition. My short story, Salt, won the 2014 Historical Novel Society's conference short story competition. 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 Fictionfire by the Sea: 

'Seriously, I would recommend the retreat and your teaching to anyone with a desire to write.' Suzie G.

'I had the most marvellous time ... I'd begun to think I'd run out of stories, but came back brimming with ideas.' Deb C.

'I think you found the perfect balance between writing time and workshop.' M.P. 

 'I got so much from the weekend and it really fired my enthusiasm.' Denise

Comments on Focus Workshops:

'The depth of your knowledge and love of your subject comes shining through in your sessions and always there is that gentle nudge of encouragement for us to stretch ourselves that bit further in our writing, to become more skilled in our chosen craft.' S. R.

'The criticism was also constructive and the professional manner in which the workshop was led, enabled all participants to engage in it fully, feeling comfortable to do so. I think that this is a huge strength of yours, and is quite rare to find.' D.J.

 '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 info@fictionfire.co.uk or call 07827 455723.




O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend

The brightest heaven of invention.

                                                Shakespeare, Henry V