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Festival 2014: Tutors

Please note that the information given here relates to a previous event.

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Getting to Know Your Tutors

Warwick Festival, 29th–31st August 2014
David Nobbs

David began his writing career fifty years ago on the satire show, "That Was The Week, That was". He has written twenty novels, including three featuring Reggie Perrin and four about Henry Pratt. His latest, "The Second Life of Sally Mottram", is published in June this year. He has also written many sitcoms and comedy dramas for television, notably "The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin", "A Bit Of A Do", "Fairly Secret Army", "Dogfood Dan and the Carmarthen Cowboy" and "Love On A Branch Line". He wrote regularly for "The Two Ronnies", and "The Frost Report" and for several leading comedians including Tommy Cooper, Les Dawson, Ken Dodd, Dick Emery and Frankie Howerd. He has also written several single plays for television and radio, for which he also wrote three series of the sitcom, "The Maltby Collection", and has adapted "Vanity Fair" for the theatre. Last autumn he appeared at the Harrogate Comedy Festival, in the course of his first ever theatre tour with a one man show about his life and work.

David will be speaking after the Gala Dinner, on Saturday.

Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson has enormous experience as both writer and teacher. He took the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter, and has been a professional writer since 1986. His historical novels written under the name Jude Morgan have attracted rave reviews from Hilary Mantel, Tracy Chevalier and Joanna Trollope. His novel about the Brontes, The Taste of Sorrow, was shortlisted for the Portico Prize and has been optioned for TV serialisation by BBC Wales. He has taught Creative Writing at City College Peterborough and elsewhere for 13 years, and is a Member of the Society of Authors.

Tim's latest novel The Secret Life of William Shakespeare by Jude Morgan, is his 30th published book.

Maggie Harris

Maggie Harris was born in Guyana and now lives in Wales. Her first collection of poetry won The Guyana Prize for Literature 2000. Short story collections include Canterbury Tales on a Cockrow Morning and In Margate by Lunchtime. Her memoir, Kiskadee Girl, is published by Kingston University Press, and her latest collection of poetry, Sixty Years of Loving was published this year. She has taught Creative Writing in universities and community settings and has been International Teaching Fellow at Southampton University.

Jane Wenham-Jones

Jane Wenham-Jones is the author of four novels and three non-fiction books including the best-selling Wannabe a Writer? As a freelance journalist, she has appeared in a wide range of magazines and national newspapers, writing regular columns for Woman's Weekly and Writing Magazine, where she is the agony aunt. Jane is an experienced tutor who is regularly booked by conferences and literary festivals to run workshops and give talks on the writing process. She is a member of Equity, has presented for the BBC on both TV and radio and interviewed dozens of best-selling authors and celebrities. Her most recent novel, Prime Time, was shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy of the Year award.

For more information see janewenhamjones.wordpress.com.

Veronica Heley

Veronica Heley celebrated the publication of her 72nd book this autumn, having been in the business for over 30 years. She is currently writing two gentle crime series with a Christian world view; the Ellie Quicke Mysteries and the Bea Abbot detective stories. She also produces some short stories for The Methodist Recorder and other Christian magazines. In the course of her career she has written crime, romance, historical, articles on writing and many books for children. She has produced a biography of St Paul and storyboards for children’s comics. She’s involved with her local church and community affairs, likes to break for coffee with friends and does the garden when she has time. She has been a member of a book reading club for 40 years, but has decided that life is too short to read depressing literature any more.

Please note: If you book for Veronica's workshops she has offered to look at delegates' work beforehand if it deals with crime.

She would like to see page l only, double spaced, together with a one page synopsis, also double spaced. When you attend the workshop it will give her a really good idea of what you need to learn to develop as a writer.

She may be contacted on: www.veronicaheley.com, blog.veronicaheley.com.

Please do not take advantage of this offer unless you have secured a place for one of Veronica's workshops.

Note also that this is not a requirement for attending, just a very generous gesture on Veronica's part.

Steve Bowkett

Steve Bowkett has been writing for pleasure since he was thirteen. He taught English for twenty years before becoming a full time author. He visits many schools to run writing workshops and storytelling sessions and has published over sixty books including fiction for children of all ages and educational books on literacy, creativity, thinking skills and emotional resourcefulness.

Judi Goodwin

Judi Goodwin is a freelance journalist and trainer with an interest in the psychology of writing. She specialises in courses to help people access creativity and fluency and runs workshops for colleges, universities, communication professionals and in  a women's prison. She believes learning should be fun and brings a whole person approach to her training.

During her 30 year career she has contributed to The Daily Telegraph, Radio Times and BBC Woman's Hour.

Paul Dodgson

Paul Dodgson is a writer, composer, radio producer and teacher.

Writing credits include 13 plays for BBC Radio 4 including Famous, Binge Drunk Britain – the Musical and Windscale. Paul's radio memoir, You Drive Me Crazy, was transmitted on Radio 4 last year and another, Home is scheduled for transmission in late 2014. Paul has directed and produced more than 400 programmes for all BBC radio networks.

Theatre work includes music and lyrics for productions of Heidi, The French Detective and the Blue Dog and The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Bath, Alice Through the Looking Glass at Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Joking Apart at Nottingham Playhouse, The Kingdom and Bluebeard at Soho Theatre, London and The Importance of Being Earnest at Salisbury Playhouse. The Nutcracker was the 2013/14 Christmas show at Nuffield, Southampton.

Screenwriting credits include 18 months as part of the Eastenders writing team and the drama/documentary series Monsters We Met for BBC 2.

Paul has taught creative writing at Exeter University where he was previously Writer-in-Residence and runs radio and short story workshops around the UK. While at Exeter, Paul developed an interest in memoir writing, a genre he now teaches internationally. More details of this work can be found at www.writinglife.co.uk.

Marvin Close

Television, stage and radio writer Marvin Close has also performed and recorded in bands and as a singer songwriter for over 30 years. In that time he has written over 100 songs and taught songwriting skills to young and old. Recently, Marvin joined forces with former Christians songwriter Henry Priestman, who's written and produced a string of top ten hits, to teach songwriting to children at Leven Primary School in Yorkshire.

His two sessions during this year's NAWG festival explore the art of lyric writing – the first will look at how to shape stories and narrative in your lyrics. The second will give advice and tips on creating killer choruses and hooks in your song words. Both will be eminently practical sessions. Marvin will have his guitar with him to help create and shape music around your words on the day. And a few weeks prior to the festival, he will also post online a number of songs written especially for the event, minus the lyrics, to serve as templates for participants who may be keen on lyric writing but have little musical background.

This is the first time that the NAWG Festival has offered lyric writing as a workshop option, and is aimed at both beginners and more advanced lyricists and poets.

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