“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world” – Philip Pullman, novelist
because stories matter…
Stories and story telling* are what fuel my world and I believe the acts of reading and writing have the power to change our world – for the better.
That change might be personal: Reading a great story can transport us to another place, from which we return with a new perspective. Or it can be political: a story can spur us into action; telling our own stories can be the beginning of an important and necessary revolution. It all starts with one word…
Your story matters
As a champion of story writing I coach and mentor women with their writing projects. If that’s something you’d like to find out more about then click here.
I also run writing workshops and seminars. COMING 2021 – Introduction to Short Story Writing. More details to follow soon but if you’re interested in attending or would like to be kept informed on other courses please contact me directly.
Ridley’s Writing Room is a weekly free, private writing group for women writers at whatever stage in our writing journeys. We meet via Zoom for an hour and after an initial introductory kick-off, we quietly crack on with our individual writing projects. The Writing Room is currently fully subscribed but if you’d like to go on the waiting list, again just drop me an email,
Women’s stories matter
If you’re interested in reading groups and seminars dedicated to the promotion and discussion of ‘herstory’ – fiction and non-fiction written by women and/or about women, then stay tuned. COMING SOON January 2021 – I’m running Journaling Audre Lorde, a 5-week online course. If you’re interested in finding out more please do check out the Courses page and get in touch with me directly.
My latest reading group is the Classic Feminist Lit Book Club which kicked off in October 2020. You can read a bit about the group on the blog here. We’re reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan in the January group. Again numbers are limited (I loathe Zooms with too many participants!!) but if you’re interested do get in touch.
My previous blog…
If you’re interested in reading some of my writing from an earlier time you might like to visit a previous blog I wrote which can be found here.
* (and tea)