Who is it for?

Any writer, beginner or experienced, who would like to try spontaneous writing, which is also known as freewriting.  Freewriting is a way to generate material that can be used as the basis of creative writing including poetry, short stories, memoir or novels.

Where is it held?

Kyffin Cafe is at the far end of the High Street, towards the railway station, in Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.


When is it?

The six dates are:

(1) Saturday February 29th, (2) Saturday March 14th, (3) Saturday March 28th

a break for Easter, then:-

(4) Saturday April 18th,

and concluding with:-

(5) Saturday May 2nd and (6) Saturday May 23rd

[If I have enought interest for two groups then “B” Team would start on March 7th and their dates would be: March 21st, April 4th, May 2nd, May 16th and May 30th.  This also means a bit more flexibility to swop around between Team “A” and “B” and worked well last time.]

Will I have to read my writing out loud?

No.  Freewriting is by definition rough, private, usually illogical writing and you will never be expected to read this to the group.  Later on in the course, when we start excerpting, editing and polishing the material generated by freewriting you’ll sometimes be invited to share that, but never compelled.

What do I need in terms of equipment?

I advise that freewriting is done by hand, so you’ll need a fast-flowing pen and plenty of paper.  If you find handwriting difficult for any reason you can bring a laptop but it’ll be up to you to set it up (plug it in, keep it quiet etc).

Will the classes be very serious?

Absolutely not.  The whole point is to approach creative writing in the spirit of play and enjoyment.  I’ll aim to keep order but I’m hoping it’ll be more like a party than a classroom!  There will be games.

Can I meet the tutor first?

Yes!  I will be in Kyffin Cafe, Bangor, North Wales, on Saturday January 11th for a drop-in session from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., so come and say hello and I’ll tell you more about the course before you make a decision and part with your hard-earned money.  Speaking of which…

How do I book a place?

You can book your place by paying a non-returnable down payment of £50 by January 17th using the “Add to Cart” button on this page or by sending a cheque to the address below.

If you’d rather pay cash then please bring it to me at Kyffin Cafe on Saturday January 11th during the drop in (10 a.m – 1 p.m).

If the course fails to recruit (I need a minimum of 10 people) I’ll refund your down payment in full.  (See my full Terms and Conditions below.)

Payment Methods

Please give me a down payment of £50 by January 17th followed by the balance of £100 by February 14th.

There are two ways to pay:-

You can post a cheque payable to “Kathy Hopewell” to  “Y Garnedd, Abercaseg Road, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3SP”.

Alternatively you can use Paypal.  Please click the “Add to Cart” button below which takes you to a payment page.

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book your place for this six-week writing course in Bangor, North Wales

The balance of £100 is due by February 14th.

Please pay either by cheque or by using the Paypal button below.

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Here are some comments from people who took my the course last time:-

“I enjoyed it all, even the parts that I thought I would struggle with.  There was a really positive and encouraging vibe set by Kathy.”

“This course has given me far more than I imagined.”

“I liked the tutor’s meticulous pre-planning for each session.”

“I particularly enjoyed the surrealist games and was surprised at how my writing developed over the weeks.”

“It was comfortable, friendly and confidence-building.  I was a little nervous about sharing my work but actually felt safe when it happened.”

“The worksheets and prompts were excellent.  The tutor’s approach was empathetic, respectful and non-judgemental.”

“I really feel that freewriting has been a pivotal tool in springboarding me into writing unselfconsciously.”

“It was what I hoped: a kick up the arse.  I realise now that writing something, however crap you might think it is at the time, is better than not writing at all.”


Terms and Conditions

The deposit (“down payment”) is non-returnable unless I cancel the course.

The balance is non-returnable if you change your mind about attending the course after paying the full amount.

I will, however, refund the balance if you are prevented from attending the course by what are deemed by me to be exceptional circumstances (such as bereavement or serious illness).

I also reserve the right to compel anyone who is unacceptably disruptive to leave the course and there would be no refund given in these (unlikely) circumstances.

10 Responses to Courses

  1. Pippa Bondy says:

    Will Kathy Hopewell be offering another FREEWRITING AND REWRITING course in 2016.
    Thank you, Pippa Bondy..

    • kathyhopewell says:

      I really hope so! This will be up to the Director of Lifelong Learning at Bangor Uni and, if it happens, would begin at the start of October. Please check back later in the year to find out. Thanks for your interest in my course!

      • Pippa Bondy says:

        Thanks you Kathy, i will do that. Ive done several retreats with Natalie Goldberg. I’ve put a reminder in my diary..
        Many thanks, Pippa.

        • kathyhopewell says:

          Hi Pippa,
          I don’t know if you are still interested but I am hoping to run a freewriting course independently next year in Kyffin cafe, Bangor.
          There’ll be more details after Xmas.
          Season’s greetings!

  2. Caroline Bateson says:

    I really enjoyed the last course on the short story. It got me reading short stories again, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed them.

  3. jackiegear says:

    I enjoyed the course immensely and will feel a void in my life now! Please,all of you, send me your finished story. I expect you can get my email address from Kathy. Not sure whether I should put it up publicly.

  4. mountain1 says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. It was an excellent course and a big thank you to Kathy and everybody else in the group for making so absorbing and enjoyable.

  5. Jayne Edwards says:

    Glad to have this resource Kathy. I have read all of your blog with keen interest , particularly the idea for your novel about the dead speaking to us- my type of material!
    Please let me know details of future courses- free writing , writing with intent etc. as they become available.

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