Booking details:
Tickets are £70.00 per person. The price will include lunch and all refreshments - including cake! A booking form is available from Elaine Everest via who is more than happy to answer any questions you may have. 

MARCH 2016

Members set off for one of the most important events of the writing year, The RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards in London. Awards were presented by author and television presenter, Fern Britton.


Francesca Burgess, Elaine Roberts, Rosemary Goodacre and Claire Verillo attended the Curtis Brown/Foyles Discovery Day and had one2ones with agents - a great day was had by all!


A great night with many members of TWP attending the RNA Winter Party and Inustry Awards in London. 

JULY 2015

Members of The Write Place head to St Mary's University in London for the annual RNA Conference. 

Rosemary Goodacre won the Limerick competition in Writing Magazine with her poem entitled, Rita. Well done Rosemary! 

MAY 2015

Karen Aldous and Natalie Kleinman are shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists' Association's Joan Hessayon Award at the annual RNA Summer Party as graduates of the New Writers' Scheme. Well done ladies!

APRIL 2015

Elaine Everest, Francesca Burgess, Natalie Kleinman and Elaine Roberts set off to Whitstable for a one week writing retreat. 

MARCH 2015

A great night was enjoyed by many members of TWP at the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards. Major prizes were awarded by well known author, Barbara Taylor Bradford.


Elaine Everest signs a two book contract with Pan Macmillan for historical sagas, The Woolworths Girls (May 2016) and The Butlins Girls (May 2017) 


We headed off to the RNA Winter Party and had a lovely time meeting fellow authors. 


Rosemary Goodacre's novel, Pleasure Train Polka  has been short-listed in Corazon books competition. Good luck for the final results in November, Rosemary!

Students enjoyed a talk by crime writer, Lisa Cutts 

 Natalie Kleinman is now represented by agent, Lisa Eveleigh of the Richford Becklow Literary Agency. 

 July 2014

Natalie Kleinman's story, Paper Chain was published in People's Friend 

A busy month with student attending the Romantic Novelist Association's annual conference at Harper Adams  University, Telford, Shropshire as well as Writers' Holiday, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

Natalie Kleinman's Pocket Novel, After All These Years, (D C Thomson) is published. Well done! 

JUNE 2014

Elaine Roberts has been busy with sales to:

Keys to the Future (Ireland's Own - Ireland)

Hatching a Plan (Allas - Sweden)

Testing Times (Woman's Era - India) 

 May 2014

Elaine Everest was shortlisted for the Joan Hessayon Award at the  Romantic Novelist Association's Summer party. 

Natalie Kleinman's short story, In Her Own Image was published in That's Life Fast Fiction (Australia 

APRIL 2014 

Natalie Kleinman's short story, Festival of Life was published in The People's Friend 

Rosemary Goodacre sold her story, Temptation in the Aisles to  Take a Break Fiction Feast magazine.

Natalie Kleinman's  first novel, Voyage of Desire, (Safkhet Publishing) has been published!

Natalie Kleinman's short story, Sherbet Lemons is published in The People's Friend

Elaine Roberts's story, New Beginnings, is published by Ireland's Own - Ireland.

MARCH 2014

Many members attended the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Awards in London. Awards were presented by ballerina, Darcey Bussell. 

Elaine Roberts short story, A Step Nearer is published in Take aBreak Fiction Feast (UK) 

Natalie Kleinman's short story, Fight or Flight is published in That's Life Fast Fiction (Australia) 


Natalie Kleinman's short story,  The Hotel Lobby is published in The People's Friend  

 January 2014

Elaine Everest is now represented by Caroline Sheldon of the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency  

Natalie Kleinman's story Pear Drops is published in That's Life Fast Fiction and another, Thank you for the Music is published in The People's Friend

28th DECEMBER 2013

Elaine's novel, Gracie's War, is shortlisted in an end of year poll on the Preditors and Editors website.


December 2013 Catchup

Elaine Everest embarked on a month-long blog tour for her novel Gracie's War.

Elaine also sold a Christmas short story Holding On, to That's Life Fast Fiction in Australia. 


29th November 2013

Francesca Burgess, Elaine Everest  and Angela Johnson return from their week long writing retreat at Whitstable having written quite a few thousand words between them. Francesca has also managed to get to the end of the NaMoWriMo challenge to write 50,000 words during November.


16th November 2013

Angela Johnson, Elaine Everest, Elaine Roberts, Natalie Kleinman, Giovanna Burgess and Francesca Burgess all attended Foyle's Discovery Day, organised by Curtis Borwn and Conville & Walsh literary agaencies. They all pitched their novels and got valuable feedback. Some were even asked to send their novels in. All in all, a well worthwhile event. 

12th November 2013

TWP is jumping up and down with excitement due to news of yet more novel success in one week.  Student, Natalie Kleinman has secured a contract with Safkhet Publishing with her novel, Voyage of Desire. Well done!


9th November 2013

Elaine Everest's Remembrance Sunday piece about her father is published today in the Guardian's Family Snapshot.


7th November 2013

Fabulous news arrived today. Student, Karen Aldous has received a two book deal with Carina UK (part of the Harlequin M&B group). Well done, Karen we are so proud of you! 

2nd November 2013 

Twelve people attended Sally Quilford's Writing Romance workshop today at TWP. Thank you, Sally, for making it informative and fun. 


24th October 2013

It's a massive congratulations to Elaine Everest, on the release of her first novel, Gracie's War. All of us at The Write Place wish her the very best.



23rd October 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story The Hotel Lobby has been published in Swedish magazine, Allas 


13th October 2013

Angela Johnson's novel Harriet and Her Women is shortlisted for the Impress Prize. We wish her luck in the final judging in November. 


12th October 2013

A great writing retreat day was had by five members of The Write Place at The Mick Jagger Centre. In all, over 17,000 words were written.


12th October 2013

Elaine Roberts's story New Beginnings  is published in Indian magazine Woman's Era


10th October 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, My New Carpet, is due out this week in The People's Friend issue dated 12th October. 


4th October 2013

We're all very excited her at The Write Place, as today is the 'cover reaveal' day for Elaine's Everest's novel Gracie's War. Publication date is 15th October. 




23rd September 2013 

Elaine Roberts's story Hold Them Dear is published in Ireland's Own magazine. 


September 2013

The Write Place is open again after the summer break and everyone is fired up with new ideas and working hard. 


23rd August 2013

Francesca Burgess's story, The Second Time Around is published in Ireland's Own magazine.  


20th August 2013 

Natalie Kleinman's story, Seal of Approval, is published in The People's Friend.


14th August 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, What's In a Name, is in The People's Friend Special this week.


July 28th 2013

Angela Johnson, Rosemary Goodacre, Ann West, Natalie Kleinman, Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess set off for the Caerleon Writers' Week. 


July 16th 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, A Howling Yarn, is published in Australian magazine That's Life Fast Fiction. 


July 12th 2013

Francesca Burgess's story, A Little Me Time is published in Ireland's Own 


June 27th 2013 

 Elaine Roberts' story Testing Times is published in Swedish magazine, Allas.


24th June 2013

Congratulations to founder and tutor, Elaine Everest, whose novel, Gracie's War is to be published by Pulse Romance (Myrmidon Books Ltd) . Elaine was one of the two winner of the Pulse Romance Write For Us competition.

Gracie's War will be published this autumn. 


20th June 2013

Rosemary Goodacre's story is published in The Weekly News. 


5th June 2013 

Anne Sharman's story Forgive and Forget is published in Swedish magazine, Allas. 


June 2013  

Natalie Kleinman's story, Summer Storm, is published in The People's Friend Summer Special.

Lots of other stories are waiting to be published, written by TWP writers:

Natalie Kleinman has two stories awaiting publication in The People's Friend and one in the Indian magazine, Woman's Era.

Elaine Roberts has a story awaiting publication in , Allas, and one in Woman's Era.

Christine Webb has a story awaiting publication in The Weekly News and one in Allas.

Rosemary Goodacre has just sold a story to The Weekly News. Well done everyone!


May 30th 2013

Christine Webb's story, A Change of Plan, is published in Allas 


May 25th 2013

Samantha Whayman's piece True Blue, is published in The Guardian Family section. 


May 18th 2013 

Georgina Websdale's piece Dear old Morris, our mynah, is published in The Guardian Family section.


16th May  2013

Five members of The Write Place had a fabulous time at the Romantic Novelists' Association summer party. Pictured from left to right: Natalie Kleinman, Elaine Everest, Francesca Burgess, Elaine Roberts, Karen Aldous.



14th May 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, Never Judge A Book By Its Cover is published in Swedish magazine, Allas. 


11th May 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, A Grandmother's Gift, is published in The People's Friend. 


25th April 2013  

Elaine Roberts' story, New Beginnings, is published in Swedish magazine, Allas.



20th April 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, A Helping Hand, is published in The People's Friend. 


15th April  2013

 Francesca Burgess and Elaine Everest attended the London Book Fair.


April 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story,  Inheritance, is published in Norwegian magazine, Hjemmet.


March 29th 2013

Natalie Kleinman's story, The Cupboard Was Bare, is published in Ireland's Own. 


March 23rd 2013

Anne Sharman's piece, Irish Pat was a very special man is published in The Guardian family section. 


March 21st 2013

Elaine Everest's article, 'You Win Again', can be found in this month's edition of Writers' Forum


March 2013 

Several TWP members have made short story sales to magazines in the last couple of weeks, including Natalie Kleinman (The People's Friend and Hjemmet [Norway]) , Elaine Roberts (Allas [Sweden]),  and Francesca Burgess (two to You [SA]). 


February 23rd 2013

Francesca Burgess's story What Nelly Wants is published in the magazine Ireland's Own. 


21st February 2013

Ann Sharman and Elaine Everest supplied quotes to the Daily Mail for a feature by author, Kate Harrison on her best selling book, The 5:2 Diet.


20th February 2013

Georgina Websdale has another writer's question in This month's Writers' Forum. Well done Georgina!

Elaine Everest is one of three featured authors in this month's Writers' Forum by Lynne Hackles who looks at authors who write books for pet owners.


6th February 2013

A successful one day writing retreat was held at The Mick Jagger Centre where students wrote over 29,000 words as well as outlining novels, researching stories and planning synopsis.


2nd February 2013

Elaine Everest's short story, The Neighbourhood Watcher  is featured in this week's edition of The Weekly News.


30th January 2013

An interesting and enjoyable time was had at Speaker Evening last night, with author Peter Jones telling us about his writing career and how he came to write How To do Everything and Be Happy 


20th January 2013

Congratualtions to Georgina Websdale whose writer's question was featrured in this month's Writers' Forum.


9th January 2013

It's all systems go as The Write Place starts back again tonight for the spring term. 


3rd January 2013 

More good news for Natalie Kleinman as she has two stories published this week: Summer Storm in Norwegian magazine Hjemmet, and Charlie Parker's Resolution in The People's Friend. 


22nd December 2012

Natalie Kleinman's story The Little Things is published in People's Friend.

The stories of three TWP members are featured in The Weekly News: Dinner Date by Elaine Everest, Mr Blue Eyes by Anne Sharman and Party With a Twist by Francesca Burgess. 


19th December 2012

Congratulations to

 Student of the Year 2012

Natalie Kleinman


Student Most Likely to Succeed 2012

Linda Tovey

The awards were presented during our Christmas Party. We wish Natalie and Linda good luck with their future writing.


6th December 2012

Christine Webb is a runner up in the Writers' News subscribers' short story competition. 


1st December 2012

The NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge to write 50,000 words in a month is now over and we can reveal that eight members of TWP took part.  

So far we know that two people managed the 50K, two managed between 30 and
40K and two did between 20 and 30K. We haven't heard the final result for the last two, but we know they were doing well.  

Even though most didn't reach the target, there are really no losers. They all managed an amazing number of words in such a short time (a total of at least 270,000 words between them!). Well done to them all.

30th November 2012

Angela Johnson, Chris Webb, Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess, the self-styled 'ladies with laptops' have come to the end of their writing retreat, having amassed 64,500 words between them. 

28th November 2012

The Write Place has achieved a long held ambition.

Elaine Everest, Francesca Burgess and student Anne Sharman are to fill all three short story slots in a Christmas issue of The Weekly News (December 22nd)! 

17th November 2012

Elaine and Francesca had a fabulous time at the gala dinner last night, hobnobbing with other writers including Jean Fullerton, who recently led our historical novel workshop, and Sue Moorcroft who led a workshop for us in the summer.

Sadly, no win for Elaine this year, but it was a great night anyway.



16th November 2012

Congratulations to Elaine Everest who has been shortlisted in the Festival of Romance New Talent Award for her novel, Bride of the Year.

She and Francesca Burgess are off to the Gala dinner tonight, where they'll be finding out who the winners are. 

1st November 2012

Today is the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and at least 10 members of The Write Place are taking part. The aim is to write 50,000 words in 30 days (that's 1,667 words a day, on average). Good luck to everyone participating!




6th October 2012 

Mark Bigg's piece Harrison's dramatic debut is published in Playlist in the Guardian Family section.


 22nd September 2012

An enjoyable and constructive day was spent  meeting agents at the Curtis Brown Discovery Day event at Foyles In attendance was Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess, along with TWP students Catherine Burrows, Rosemary Goodacre, Natalie Kleinman, Karen Aldous and Ian Kennington.


14th September 2012

A correction ot the August news: Catherine Burrows's story can be found in Take A Break Fiction Feast now, in the October issue. 


14th September 2012

Francesca Burgess's story Tiger Lilies For Aunty Carlotta is published this week in Norwegian magazine Hjemmet. 


5th September 2012

We're all looking forward to the new term which starts this evening at The Write Place. 


August 2012 

Catching up with the rest of August's successes... 

Christine Webb's story The House Next Door is published in The Weekly News.

Catherine Burrows's story, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours, is published in Take a Break Fiction Feast.

Natalie Kleinman's story Beyond the fringe is shortlisted in the Fantastic Books Publishing International Short Story Competition 2012.

Francesca Burgess has two stories published in the Swedish magazine Allas, Memories Are Made Of This (translated as It's My Life!) and He's No Good For You (translated as No Suitable Man).

Elaine Everest's piece All the fun of the fairground is featured in the Guardian Family Section:


14th August 2012

Elaine Everest's story, Our Noisy Neighbours is featured in the 17th August issue of My Weekly


21st - 28th July 2012

Eight members of The Write Place attend Caerleon Writers Week in South Wales. For Vikki Thompson, Rosemary Goodacre and Natalie Kleinman it's their first visit. Elaine Everest, Francesca Burgess, Angela Johnson, Christine Webb and Ann West are returning for their umpteenth visit!


13th - 15th July 2012

Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess attend the Romantic Novelist Association Conference at Newton Rigg Campus, Penrith.

Read about it here:


11th July 2012

Congratulations to Elaine Everest whose story, Olympic Goal is in the 11th July issue of My Weekly.


8th July 2012 

Congratulations to Francesca Burgess who has been shortlisted in the Meridian spring short story competition with her story Bermondsey Girl.


9th June 2012

Congratulations to Rosemary Goodacre with her piece, Uncle Jack, Star of the Gaumont  in today's Guardian newspaper:


8th June 2012

Congratulations to Tracy Phillips whose story, Danny's Special Project, is in the current issue of the Australian short story magazine, That's Life Fast Fiction. 


6th June 2012

Elaine Everest has two features in the current issue of Writing Magazine


5th June 2012 

Francesca Burgess's story Waiting On A Friend is published in the June edition of Woman's Weekly Fiction Special. 


28th May 2012 

Francesca Burgess's story Bravery is published in this week's edition of Swedish magazine Allas (as A Rare Scent). 


26th May 2012

Julie Hawes has a Playlist piece, My Donny dreams came true, published in The Guardian Family section.


22nd May 2012

Catherine Burrows's  story The Space is published by The Weekly News.


19th May 2012

Natalie Kleinman comes 2nd in this week's Write Invite competition 


16th May 2012

Francesca Burgess comes 3rd in Flash Fiction World's 'Flash a Famous Phrase' competition.  


12th May 2012

Catherine Burrows has her Playlist piece, Moonlighting With My Uncle, published in the Guardian Family section.


3rd May 2012 

Francesca Burgess's story Goat's Head Soup is published in The Weekly News. 


2nd May 2012

Another hit for Catherine Burrows whose story, Shades of Blue, is published today in Woman's Weekly (8th May edition).


1st May 2012 

Former student, Lynn Hodges, sent us news that her book, Living With Bipolar Disorder is to be published on 15th May. Lynn planned and started the book whilst she was with us and it's a project which is close to heart.  

 Well done Lynn.


28th April 2012 

Natalie Kleinman's Snapshot piece, Grandpa's 100th birthday party, is featured in the Guardian Family section.


Stephen Reed's Playlist piece, How we travel back in time, is also featured in the Guardian Family section!


23rd April 2012

Natalie Kleinman is a runner up in the Author Essentials winter themed competition with her story, Decay.  


21st April 2012

Catherine Burrows' story Peacekeeper is published in The Weekly News.


Francesca Burgess's piece Dining room dancing with Mum is featured in The Guardian Family Playlist section.


20th April 2012

Elaine is a guest blogger on the 'Long and Short of It' blog.


March 26th 2012

Go over to our Forthcoming Events page to find out about our March speaker and summer workshop. Non students welcome.


March 24th 2012 

Elaine Everest, Francesca Burgess and Karen Aldous attended the RNA talk given by writer, editor and former RNA president Diane Pearson, who spoke about her fascinating life as a writer and editor. RNA events can also be attended by non-members. For information see


March 2012 

Good news for three members of The Write Place, who've recently sold stories to magazines. More will be revealed when they're published.

Well done to Angela Johnson who had a piece in the March issue of Dartford Living. In it she talks about Things That Go Bump in the Night, in which she was involved. 


February 18th 2012

Congratulations to Tracy Phillips for her nostalgic piece in The Guardian's Family Section entitled, Young Dreams and Tartan Idols.

February 14th 2012

Elaine Everest had a busy week broadcasting on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Five Live about dogs and the forthcoming compulsory micro chipping law. This is connected to her non fiction dog books and her weekly column, Everest Bites Back in Our Dogs.

The week culminated in her speaking on BBC Radio Kent with presenter, Pat Marsh about The Write Place and our anthology, Things that go Bump in the Night. You can hear it here:

January 14th 2012

Congratulations to Mark Bigg for his excellent piece in The Guardian's Family Section entitled, Ready Steady... We're Married!

January 5th 2012 

Well done to Rosemary Goodacre whose story In Their Image came 3rd in the Earlyworks Press Science Fiction Challenge. 

January 2nd 2012

Things That Go Bump in the Night has been featured in the February issue of Writers' News. Well done Team A for your part in the great publicity campaign!

 December 30th 2011

Well done to Tracy Phillips who has a letter in the latest issue (February) of Writing Magazine. A great end to 2011!

December 24th 2011

Congratulations to the students featured in the anthology Things That Go Bump in the Night for being mentioned in Writers' Forum magazine - February edition.

December 14th 2011

Congratulations to the following students for their success at our presentation event:

Pat Clarke:      Student of the Year

Gerry Savill:     Student most likely to succeed

Mark Bigg:         Most promising newcomer

Well done to you all and good luck in 2012 to all our students!

December 1st 2011

Elaine Everest has a feature in the current Writing Magazine telling writers how to deal with deadline nightmares.

December 1st 2011

Well done to student Valerie Miller who has had a letter published in Writing Magazine this month. Val extols the virtues of joining a creative writing class. Thank you Val! 

November 30th 2011

Francesca Burgess completes the 50,000 words required for the NaNoWriMo challange ( as part of her novel Ten Years Later.

November 25th 2011

Elaine, Angela, Christine and Francesca (the self-styled 'Ladies with Laptops'), return from their week-long retreat in East Sussex, having written nearly 60,000 words between them.

 November 25th 2011

Elaine Everest has reached the long list of the Harry Bowling Prize with her book, Bride of the Year. The short list is to be announced at the end of Janaury 2012.

 November 25th 2011

Christine Webb has a letter in the latest issue of Writers' Forum. This is the same letter that won her a first prize in last month's student competition. Well done Christine!

November 20th 2011

The Write Place open competition winners are now up on the web site.

November 20th 2011

Members of The Write Place are enjoying their one week stay at a writing retreat in deepest East Sussex. The aim is to work on their novels and drink wine. To date they have written many words, walked many miles and met ex Doctor Who, Tom Baker who is their next door neighbour!

November 18th 2011

Elaine Everest, Angela Johnson, Christine Webb and Francesca Burgess are away on a writing retreat to work on their novels. Along with student Giovanna Burgess, they are taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), with an aim to complete 50,000 words each in a month.

November 3rd 2011

Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess are invited to the Westminster laboratories of  the charity, Against Breast Cancer. This is in recognition of the work done with the Diamonds and Pearls anthology.

November 2011

Catherine Burrows's latest column for Vegetarian Living (January edition on sale now), covers resolutions to kick start a fresh, new year of Plan V, and after weeks of crazy excess, it's time to calm down and get veggie healthy.

November 2011

In the first week of November, Things That Go Bump In the Night goes to number 1 in 'Horror'  on Amazon Kindle.

October 31st 2011

The Write Place releases its first ebook on Kindle. Things That Go Bump In The Night contains 21 scary stories including gothic horror, contemporary fiction, romance and even comedy. The anthology is available from Amazon.

October 12th 2011

Catherine Burrows is placed in the top ten of the Beautiful Britain Family Travel competition on, and is put forward for a chance to win the Readers' Choice Award. 

Angela Johnson, Christine Webb, Francesca Burgess and Ann Webb have poems included in the Hastings based poetry magazine First Time.

Adam Bird wins a caption competition and an Ipad2. (Short pieces of writing need to be as well crafted as longer ones!)

September 29th 2011

Catherine Burrow's latest column for Vegetarian Living can be found in the November issue. This time she'll be finding new ideas for warming seasonal meals and exploring the possibility of a Christmas without meat. 

 September 12th 2011

Francesca's short story is published in Swedish magazine, Allas. 

 September 2011

The new term began on September 7th.

There's lots of TWP news from the summer holidays:

A group of students and tutors attended the annual Caerleon writers Holiday in South Wales. The 'ladies with laptops' won the literary quiz for the second year running and very miuch enjoyed the winning prize of a case of wine!

 Elaine Everest tutored a course at Caerleon on How to write a Non fiction book proposal and sell the book. Over 30 students attended the course with many having sent off their book ideas armed with their new knowledge. 

Pat Clarke completes the 80-day 'May You Write Your Novel' challenge (organised by Sally Quilford)  A wonderful achievement. 

 Francesca has a short story published in the August edition of Candis.

Rosemary Goodacre wins 1st prize in  La Vie Outre-Manche Writing competition, with her story 'L'exposition'. (La Vie Outre-Manche is a magazine for learners of French, so doubly well done Rosemary!)

Catherine Burrows is short-listed in the short story competitions in both Writing Magazine and Writers' News (October editions). Another double well done! 

Elaine Everest, (among many other achievements!) has an article published in the October Writing Magazine and starts her own column at Our Dogs weekly newspaper, called Everest Bites Back. 

 July 2011

Rosemary Goodacre is Commended in the Leaf Books travel writing competition. 

 July 24th 2011

Elaine's third book, A New Puppy in the Family (How To Books) is published. Copies are avaialbe in all good bookshops as well as Amazon.

July 11th 2011 

Francesca's story Far From Home is published in Kindle book 7 Food Stories from Rome.

 June 2011 

Rosemary Goodacre is shortlisted in the Writers' Toolkit flash fiction competition. 

 1st June 2011

Christine Webb is shortlisted in the Writers' News (July edition) short story competititon congratulations

 1st June 2011

Elaine Everest has a feature on networking in the July edition of Writing Magazine.

 5th May 2011

Francesca has a story published in Ireland's Own. 

3rd May 2011

Today sees the launch of 100 Stories for Queensland. Two writers from The Write Place, Pat Clarke and Catherine Burrows, have stories featured in this anthology. 

22nd April 2011

Elaine is an invited guest on BBC Radio Five Live to discuss new ligislation on micro chipping in dogs and to promote her next book, A New Puppy in the Family (How To Books).

18th April 2011

Francesca's short story As Tears Go By is published in Australian magazine That's Life Fast Fiction.

18th April 2011

 Winning stories from the 'Winter' comp are now up on the website. 

14th April 2011

The 'Winter' Competition results are up on the website. 

 March 19th 2011

Elaine has a story published in The Weekly News. 

 March 11th 2011

Elaine has been signing copies of her books, Canine Cuisine and Showing Your Dog, A Beginner's Guide at Crufts.

February 14th 2011 

Elaine and Francesca speak to Heather Stott on BBC Radio Manchester and Pat Marsh on BBC Radio Kent about the anthology Diamonds and Pearls.

February 7th 2011

Pat Clarke and Catherine Burrows are selected to have their stories in the 100 Stories for Queensland anthology. Well done ladies.

February 2nd 2011 

Congratulations to Christine Webb, runner-up in the Writers' News Last Line competition.

February 1st 2011 

We're very excited here at The Write Place, as today sees the release of the anthology Diamonds and Pearls, conceived and compiled by Elaine Everest. It celebrates the 30th anniversary of her survival from breast cancer. 

The anthology contains 34 great stories, contributed by some of the best best short story writers in the country, including eight from The Write Place.

A donation from the sale of each book will go to the charity Against Breast Cancer

January 15th 2011

Catherine Burrows' book Postnatal Depression - The Essential Guide, ispublished this week.

January 12th 2011

One year after the tragedy in Haiti, things are far from being back to normal. The book 100 Stories for Haiti, conceived by Greg McQueen (and with stories from Elaine and Francesca included) was published to raise funds for the Red Cross, working in Haiti.

100 Stories for Haiti is still available to buy at and electronically at You can also buy it online at Amazon and Waterstones.

December 23rd 2010

Elaine's Christmas short story is published in The Weekly News.

December 20th 2010

Francesca is shortlisted in the Rome short story competition.

December 15th 2010

Christine Webb wins The Write Place 2010 Student Most Likely to Succeed Award.

Judith Webb wins The Write Place 2010 Most Promising Newcomer Award.

December 2010

Francesca's story Where are his footprints? is published in Take a Break Fiction Feast

December 2010

Christine Webb, Elaine Everest and Francesca Burgess have all completed the NaNoWriMo challange to write 50,000 words in a month. Well done!

 November 2010

Now we're in the last third of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) participants are racing to complete their 50,000 words. Four members from the Write Place have signed up, whilst the rest are furiously writing to complete 50,000 words between them.

 November 1st 2010

Catherine and Francesca are both placed in the top 8 short list for the 2010 Chorley and District Writers' Circle Writing Competition, 'Secrets and Lies'.

October 21st 2010

Catherine Burrows' flash fiction In Loving Memory is long listed in the Flash 500 competition. 

October 20th 2010 

Ann West's story The Raffle Prize is published in 'A Year With Yours', the year book for Yours magazine.

September 18th 2010

Francesca's short story Changes is published in The Weekly News.

September 14th 2010

All three winning stories from the 'Ten' Competition are up on the website. See 'Winning Entries' in the side bar.

September 2010

Classes are back and everyone is raring to go. Look out world, we have stories, poetry and novels to share with you!

July 24th 2010

A group from The Write Place attended the Caerleon Writer's Holiday in Wales. Much learning and wine consumption was enjoyed throughout the week.

It was great to meet up with so many authors and writing chums once more. We came home tired and so much richer from this fantastic writing event.

NEWS UPDATE: Elaine is honoured to have been invited to tutor a course on writing articles and non fiction books next year.

June 2010

June Crowe's runners up short story was published in the June edition of Prima Magazine. Well done!


June 25th 2010

Elaine's book Canine Cuisine was published. Congratulations!


June 19th 2010

Well done to Get Published student June Crowe whose short story 'Wheel of Fortune'was published in the 19th June edition of People's Friend Magazine.


June 17th 2010

Congratualtions to Christine Webb whose poem was shortlisted in the humorous poetry section of the Marples Poetry Competition 2010. Christine is a member of the Get Published class.


June 10th 2010 

Didn't we have a lover-ly time, the day we went to... Brighton!

Well, maybe not weather wise, since it was blowing a hoolie on the promenade and definitely wasn't a day for a paddle (shame!). Still, Elaine and I felt excited as we made our way to the Brighton promotion of the book 100 Stories for Haiti, held at Waterstones on June 10th.

We arrived very early in an attempt not to be late, heading off to The Lanes for refreshment at a lovely cup cake shop called Angel Food Bakery. (Well worth a visit, and the place that inspired my story Thinking outside the cakebox, which won the student short story 'Resolutions' comp at Christmas. See, there are ideas everywhere!). 



Finally the time came to make our way to Waterstones, and as accustomed as I have been to public speaking in the past, the idea of reading out my story in a book shop was quite nerve wracking. I think Elaine was quite laid back, and even had time for a 'JR Hartley' moment when she asked at the counter whether they had Showing Your Dog, A Beginner's Guide! When the assistant realised Elaine was the author, she asked her to sign it. Ain't fame great?

The gathering, thin on the ground initially, grew until the coffee shop on the third floor was bulging at the seams. We met up with writer Linda Barrett, an old friend of Elaine's, who was also quite nervous. We huddled together at the back for security.

The evening began with an introduction from Jac Cattaneo, who organised and coordinated the evening. Martin Reed then presented Greg McQueen's piece One Morning, which tells of the day Greg woke up to a report of an earthquake in Haiti and decided to do something. Greg, who conceived and saw through the100 Stories for Haiti project, sadly couldn't be with us. He made some excuse about living in Denmark. I think we all let him off, seeing as he'd sent an encouraging message that morning via a podcast on Facebook!

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt, who handles the marketing for Bridge House, the publisher of100 Stories, told us a little about her company's involvement in the project, then read her own story, Folding Paper.

There was a wide variety of different stories read, including Mugs by Tania Hershman, Linda Barrett's Updating Dora, and Lola Loves Loving by Martin Reed. After a break, Elaine and I read our stories (Waiting for Sarah and The Encounter respectively). Among the other stories were Jacob's Ladder by Rob Newlyn and Charlie Berridge's Wrong Direction.

A number of people took the opportunity to buy the books on sale, and so began a round of signings, including the writers signing each other's! Awkward when you're standing, trying to balance a bag and a drink, but we managed somehow.

After, a group of us went down the road for pizza. It was a good opportunity to talk to people who, up until that time, we'd simply shared book space with. We're all very different writers, from various locations, and it's great that we've been able to join together to do our bit to help the people of Haiti.

100 Stories for Haiti is published by Bridge House Publishing and is available from their website, along with Amazon and Waterstones. It's also available as an e-book from All proceeds go to the Red Cross to help the victims of the Haiti earthquake.





 June 4th 2010

Francesca is Highly Commended in the Winchester Writers' Conference Page of Prose competition.