I am a (SORLS) teacher at Kilve Court Residential Education
Centre for the Gifted and Talented. I teach Creative Writing Courses, some with
a theme. Listed below are the blurbs, so if you are interested in sending your
children on one of these fun packed courses, please email Kilve Court directly
Pow! Crash! Boom!
Course Directors: Charlett Goretzka and Lucinda Murray
Ever wanted to create your
own super hero or villain? Want to make a comic, graphic novel or story based
around them? Now is your chance in Pow! Crash! Boom! Your work doesn’t just
have to be about superheroes. If you want to write about a warrior troll having
the worst day in their entire existence, or a raging pixie seeking revenge on
the human who pulled their wings off, you can.
We will focus on materials ranging from the classical Snoopy to the most
modern, Batman. Find your inner geek through group discussions based on your
character’s powers, abilities and the world in which they live. You don’t have
to be a great artist to attend.
When this course is over, you will wish we’d been sucked through a
wormhole and not returned. Prepare yourselves to Pow, Crash, Boom those
villains back to kingdom come!
We all want an adventure. We want to tie our spotted
handkerchiefs to a stick, fill it with food like the greedy little hobbits we
are, and go forth on the open road. Unfortunately we have rules to follow,
school to attend and other frustrating things that get in our merry little way.
But that doesn't mean we can’t bring an adventure to life on the
On this course we’ll
learn how to write adventure stories and create vivid characters to reach out
and grab the reader. Using the stunning scenery around Kilve for inspiration,
we’ll begin telling our own fascinating and original tales, planning plot
twists, go on a quest, all the time letting our stories break the rules for us,
and take us on a writing adventure of our own!
Creative Writing for Beginners
Course Director: Charlett
Writers have to start somewhere, so why not here: Creative
Writing for Beginners. On this course you will create characters that are as
real as human beings, with quirky personalities and features that will light up
in a person’s mind throughout the story, for example: “Serena tucked her copper
curls behind her ears and forced herself to look at her reflection. She hated
her dull grey eyes, but Erick had told her that they were like a winter’s mist
over a calm sea. Was it true? Could something about her be pretty?” Here I have
summed up an insecure girl who is ashamed of her looks, described her main
features and let the reader’s question who Erick is. Do you want to make your
own believable characters who will lead your readers through to the end? Then
let’s start with the basics of writing.
These mythological creatures appear in literature and
history throughout the ages and virtually every culture in the world. The
carved dragons on the front of Viking long ships for instance, where they
believed that the dragon could ward off evil on their long voyage across the
sea. Or maybe you have one in your garden and you just want to talk and write
Looking closely at Dragon art work and compendiums, where
there are many myths and legends of heroes and dragons, we will write our own
stories, make a collage of our own dragon world and enjoy a fantastic time
working alongside likeminded people.
If you have a strange fascination for dragons and want to
take home your very own dragon egg, the knowledge and stories of the past, and
the fantastical images of a world full of dragons, then join us on our
magical, enchanted weekend.
Good Fairies, Bad Fairies
Art and Creative
This course is based on the myths and legends of fairy folk
across the country, dating back to as far as the Victorian era – Charlotte
Bronte: Jane Eyre. The two girls who found fairies in the garden and sent
pictures to the newspaper, and of course our modern day fairy, Tinkerbell.
What do you think a fairy looks like? do they look like us,
only smaller? Or do they have frog legs and dragon fly wings – do they have
wings at all? All these questions will be revealed inGood Fairies, Bad Fairies. What
legends are out there and what does history tell us about the unknown? Come
back in time to where the stories and ballads told the people of the Dark Ages
England about the supernatural. Where lost objects were blamed on the pixies
and fairy folk, and the river’s mist was the wicked works ofWillow the Wisp.
Get your fairy costumes on, bring your weekend fairy/pixie
names and let us hear your favourite story of a fairy legend (many books on
fairy tales and legends). There will be arts, crafts and lots of sparkles. With
the inspiration of crafts, a fantasy film and listening to our legends, our
minds will be full of the land of fairies, pixies, goblins and many more
creatures. This is where we put those magical pens to paper and write a tale of
So come pixies and fairies, boys and girls, and enjoy our
fun weekend of Arts and Creative Writing
came to life in my second year of university when my tutor gave us a writing
exercise:Write about a character
going into a room which they haven't entered for ten years. I sat there
thinking of all the possibilities and emotions this character could have
gone through, or, could be feeling at this moment.
So I zoned
into a kitchen with copper pots and a long, wooden table. And I lost myself in
the first paragraph. I wrote something that changed my entire writing process.
then a short story called The Jigsaw
Puzzle. Mainly because it was about a character finding her family again,
but not quite fitting back together. Apart from her sister who was the complete
opposite of her, but could still fit together with that long lost bond they
I didn't have any confidence in myself or my writing whatsoever. However I did
feel like there was something in this piece, something I'd never created
before. Something that jumped of the page screaming ‘hey, look at me! ME.’ But
I didn't voice it. I couldn’t. Lack of confidence struck a chord again.
Despite feeling this way I put Jigsaw into my writing folder and submitted it. When I got the
piece back from marking, ready for that slap in the face I usually got,
told by my tutor,Janine Amos, that
the opening was so powerful that she went to bed every night thinking about
this tortured soul, who today is called Moth, and what her journey could become.
This comment brought tears to my eyes, because so far in my degree I had not
one tutor tell me I was any good. That my work was riddled with clichés and
utter nonsense. I felt like I couldn’t do a thing right and on many occasions
felt like giving up. Which just isn’t me.
Janine told me that I had to make The Jigsaw Puzzle into a book! Moth had to be out there. And so,
Chalk, one of my greatest achievements so far, came to light. And after
re-write after re-write from past tense to present. Characters died and came
back to life. I have sent it out to agents and received fantastic feedback. But
lots of rejections.
It was finally
noticed by an agent from Darley Anderson who saw what Janine, Steve Voake and
my class of 2009, the MA Writing for Young People group and lecturers: Julia
Green and CJ Skuse, must have seen in my
It’s now being
made into a trilogy.
The first 3000 words can be readhere in
our anthology of creative writing for young people by fantastic MA graduates.
Look at all those amazing writers who will one day have their books on the
shelves and who have already got agents and publishing deals.
getting through the sluggish middle, focusing on the story in 3 blocks, I've
passed the MA in Writing for Young People and reached the end. I don't think I
could've done this without changing the narrative tense from first person/ past,
to first person/ present. Not to mention having the help, support and strength
of C.J.Skuse at my back.
you ever read this, I am eternally grateful for your help! You're like, the
best manuscript tutor that ever was and ever could be!
thanks to Moira Young for telling me to get away from my desk. Go for a long
walk and think of anything but my novel. This is how I visualised my ending by stepping
out of the circle where my novel consumed and took over my life.
is not yet complete, it's time to print this bad boy out and edit like a mad
one. More of everything is needed...
Can't believe I just had to test out a cast-iron frying pan on Emil's head to see what sound it would make, so I could write it in my book. After feeling the weight of the thing, I'm pretty sure that would kill a person rather than knocking someone out if I was to hit full pelt. I think I'm going to change to a normal frying pan because I want this character to survive.
This is where we are living at the moment. I love every singe inch of it (apart from all the spiders) and it holds so many memories of my husband's childhood. It makes me happy to see him so content and at ease when he comes home after a long days work :
This took me two weeks to draw when I was in Cornwall in 2004. I chose each detail very carefully. This picture was a rare one as I don't tend to do this much on the page.
Here's my pixie/ sprite punk girl, inspired after I watched Shrooms, hence the black caped mushrooms
I think I painted this when I was really into LARP
One of my favourite and not finished drawings. Thanks to the book of How to Draw Fairies.
My first time with acrylic paints and I loved every minute of this, especially getting that effect with the paint
Summer 2007. Probably one of the best summers for a while. This is where I really started to get back into my writing and realised, why am I not writing like I used to. I must do something about this...and so I did.
Inspired from The Dark Crystal. Love the costumes so much in that film, I wasn't meant to make her look like she'd just come out of a lake dripping wet, but there we are, that's art for you. Never know where it's going to take you.
Inspired from Vampire Roleplay with Dan Shapter and Richie Adams.
The practice dragon from the fairy land picture at the top. He's so cute!
Drew this in the first few weeks that I met Emil. He was teaching me shades and texture, so I tried it with the waves
Drew this when I was fourteen, when I was travelling with my dad and sister around Italy
This is my latest painting. Trying out fine pen with paints. I sent this to my Best Friend Jenny for her birthday.
Love love love this one. It really reminds me of my friend Missy