I asked Ruth Sutton, who will be running one of our TWQ workshops at Carlisle Library – 6th September, 11.00am Writing Local Fiction, admission £3 – to tell us a little bit about herself:
Here’s what she said:
I do a regular blog myself, mainly about writing and the challenges thereof, so potential workshoppers might use the reference ruthwords.wordpress.com, or go to the blog through my website www.ruthsutton.co.uk. They’ll also find details of my books there.
I’ve spent a professional lifetime developing and running workshops as part of my education adviser and consultant activities, both here in the UK and around the world. This will be my first ‘teaching’ to do with my experience of writing and publishing. It feels quite comfortable to be using the same skills with different ‘content’, and we’ll have to see whether the confidence is justified!
For the past year or two I’ve been talking to readers’, library groups and WI members about the process of writing and publishing local fiction as well as the content and setting of the three books in my trilogy ‘Between the Mountains and the Sea.’ It’s taught me a great deal about what interests readers, and the satisfaction people get from reading about places that they recognise and events they remember. Some of that learning will find its way into the questions I’ll be raising in my workshop on September 6th.
I know that many people have stories to tell about their lives and their experiences and the places that are so familiar and so dear to them. Part of what I want to do is give those people a place to start and the encouragement to take the first steps. I’m hoping participants in my workshop will respond to the opportunity to be active and involved beyond just listening.
(thanks to NWE for the photo)
The Writers Quarter is coming – Will you be there?
Where? Carlisle, old city, north of the Market Square