Just back from a great (free) workshop on writing fiction. The workshop, held in the function room above a pub, was part of the Didsbury Arts Festival. (Sadly, this was the last day of the festival, but you can see what we jointly missed at www.didsburyartsfestival.org.) Robert Graham, who teaches at MMU and has written books on the subject of writing fiction, inspired us with excerpts and exercises for a couple of hours. From a few scraps of character, I started on a story and could have written til closing time. The room was packed with writers (mostly women plus three chaps, one of whom sat next to me and left at the first break. Was it something I said?). Writers of all ages and levels of experience. The woman to my right turned out to be a fellow OU psychology graduate, so we bonded like superglue. Good stuff, and all on my doorstep. I’ll be looking out for more of these opportunities.