Testimonials

“I loved it – learning so much about writing was great. I have had some work published but it has shown me where I went wrong and what to do if I want to try again.” SH

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“I’ve really enjoyed this course – especially the practical elements within each session, where procrastination was not available to me… The main thing was – I did get writing and managed all the set homework and it has opened my eyes to a variety of styles and methods.” VI

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“Good advice. Good provocative Q&A. Interesting mix of people and writing.” DB

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“This course is a great way to get started with writing. The tasks set were stimulating, challenging at times, but always rewarding. Andrew is an excellent mentor providing constructive feedback and lots of encouragement. Highly recommended!” LK

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“Well-structured, prepared and delivered with humour and sensitivity, inspiring me to write equipped with knowledge and skills I could never have gleaned from my reading experience. A teaching duo, whose love for writing shines through, complemented by their ability to teach the building blocks to me, a novice. I will be signing up for both the next courses, if you’ll have me? I am very pleased with you both!” AC

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“Well thought out weekly headings.  Professional layouts on weekly handouts.  Supportive leaders, who inspire confidence.” JD

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“Very inspiring and informative course held by the lovely couple Fi and Andrew! They absolutely know what they are talking about and have a great feeling for explaining even difficult contexts in a simple way. Always with a very professionally elaborated agenda, but still with a good/proper sense of humour.” SH

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“Thanks very much for an enjoyable and stimulating course.” BT

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“A great My Story taster workshop. It was so enjoyable – planned, prepped and led so well. We were guided gently and comfortably with great tutoring and great people to share the writing experience with. I left with my appetite whetted, confidence built, fun had, brain and heart fed and inspiration to keep writing found! I’m booking the course! Thanks Fi, what a pleasure.” BG

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“I attended the Taster Day for ‘My Story’ memoir and life writing course as I thought it would be a fun thing to do. I did not realise it would challenge my preconceived ideas about memoir writing. I cannot wait to start the full 6-week ‘My Story’ course!” ME

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“Struggling to make my memoirs interesting and readable, I attended Fi Mason’s My Story taster workshop.  I could see that the full course would be of great benefit for me. She presents in a very gentle and motivating way.  The session was fun with a lot of smiling and I enjoyed it immensely.  Fi got the content just right. She didn’t miss anything and gave really good feedback if I started to go off course.” DW

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“I found the My Story taster session enjoyable and accessible. Everyone was put at their ease very quickly and the exercises were useful in prompting the start of some personal writing.” SA

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“It was very enjoyable and everybody was given time and space to contribute in a friendly and relaxed manner. I especially enjoyed the prompting of memories with physical objects. This activity seemed to work well with all participants, and for some in an unanticipated manner, enriching their recollections. The session opened my mind to the variety of ways in which ‘my story’ might be approached.” VI

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“I enjoyed every minute…I have found my writer’s voice.” GF

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“I really enjoyed surprising myself. bring encouraged by the great group of supportive peer life writers. A great introduction, demystifying the process, comfortable and fun, learning with so much more confidence to keep writing.” BG

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“This course was a really useful introduction to the different considerations and nuances involved in life writing. The environment felt safe and protected and I appreciated the small group element. There was no pressure to ‘perform’ and the notes we were given to take away, as as well as the homework tasks, were excellent. Overall it was most enjoyable.” PH

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“I found the tutor explained the methods of writing memoir very well. Her delivery was excellent and at no point was I made to feel embarrassed or self conscious about reading out my work.”

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“Have really enjoyed the course, with lots of useful tips and advice for putting together pieces of writing, how to structure and what to consider when writing, editing etc. Lovely group of people too. Thank you again.” SB