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Upcoming Workshops

I’m grateful to everyone who has taken my writing workshops, and everyone who has booked me for their festivals and events, but I will no longer be offering workshops going forwards (after this fabulous For Books Sake session in October 👇). If you want recommendations or just want to ask me anything writing-related then please use the contact form and I will do my best to help.

Witch Season: Horror Stories, For Books’ Sake (online), 25th October 7-pm-9pm

As Samhain creeps up, delve into some strange, spooky, and downright scary stories. In this frightening (but friendly!) session we’ll be considering fear and how we can approach it in our writing. We’ll look at classic and contemporary pieces, and use discussion and prompts to create our own uncanny, uneasy, unsettling tales.


Upcoming Events

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Gaynor is one of the most supportive writers in the writing community

A natural workshop host

Practical advice and heartfelt encouragement

It was a warm, nurturing environment and I felt I could share my writing and get good honest feedback

I got loads of usable material from the workshop and some great advice

A really professional, supportive instructor

A perfect theme that really delivered. The writing prompts were inspiring and we packed so much into 2 hours.

Gaynor shared tips for creating unique work that were new to me, plus original and effective ideas to make a story stand out

Gaynor’s Go Weird or Go Home workshop was brilliant – a great theme and excellent content. Her presentation was warm, witty and encouraging

Absolutely brimming with weird ideas now

An all round worthwhile experience for writers at any level

Hugely inspiring, funny and supportive

Thank you for helping me see what I couldn’t see

I wrote a short story during the workshop that was in direct response to Gaynor’s prompts. It was accepted by a magazine I love the first time I submitted it



Past Workshops


Fine Tune Your Flash, Retreat West (online)

Mastering Microfiction, Crow Collective (online)

Go Weird or Go Home, Northern Writers Studio (online)

The Art of Flash Fiction, Caffi Isa Big Word Weekend, Mold

The Art of the Micro, Retreat West Online Flash Festival (online)

Go Weird or Go Home, Didsbury Arts Festival

Fast Fiction, Burnley Literary Festival

Go Weird or Go Home, Manchester



Past Events

Northern Publisher’s Fair, guest of Fly on the Wall Press

BBC Manchester BBC Upload guest

Successfully Using the Strange in Your Stories, Retreat West Community, online

Featured performer, For Books Sake, Edinburgh Fringe

Headliner, Verbose Manchester

Featured performer, For Books Sake, Manchester

Bhajis and Badgers, spoken word commission, Not Quite Light Festival, Manchester

To All the People I Kissed in Liverpool in the 1990s (And the One I Didn’t), spoken word commission, Words & Music Festival, Manchester

Originally posted 2019-11-17 14:55:21.

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