Alison Rose Knight

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By alisonroseknight, Sep 18 2018 07:35PM

The past year has been a time of change for me in many ways. After giving up my ‘day job’ I planned to concentrate on my writing career, only to be side-tracked for a while when I was offered opportunities to teach Functional Skills English and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) to adults at Wiltshire College. I loved teaching people who were motivated and keen to learn. It was thrilling to see them grow in confidence – in some cases after many years of thinking they ‘weren’t clever enough’ to do the things they wanted to do. But a lot of people leave school without qualifications through no fault of their own. They may have missed school through illness, been bullied, or have an undiagnosed learning difficulty such as dyslexia. But none of that meant that they weren’t bright, articulate people. I felt privileged to be able to work with them and help them improve their written communication skills and to see them grow in confidence in a matter of weeks. I was thrilled that several went on to study GCSE English. One student said: ‘You made me believe that it is never too late.’ She learned to have faith in herself. I’m so pleased to have been able to help in a small way. She did all the hard work!

After teaching these classes for a year, I decided to cut back and concentrate on teaching Creative and Life Writing. I’ve teamed up with author Jenny Kane to form Imagine Creative Writing – see Between us we run a number of workshops and courses. This month we had a very successful ‘Location Inspiration’ workshop at Lacock in Wiltshire, with members of the local chapter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Using a mix of historical information, walks and photographs taken around the village, we set a number of creative writing challenges with the aim of gaining inspiration from this unique location. Look out for more Location Inspiration workshops in 2019! In October we’ll be welcoming people to writing retreats in Somerset and France – see the Events page for more details.

Another big change in my life involved a move from Wiltshire to Somerset. From my kitchen window I have a view of Glastonbury Tor and from my new office, I have double doors leading into our garden. After a couple of weeks of unpacking, I finally got back to writing and the words have begun to flow – over fifteen thousand of them in just one week!

I’m aiming to finish the first draft of a new romance novel soon, and then I have to work on final drafts of a family drama set in the 1960s and the second Rosie YA time travel story, both of which are due for publication in 2019. Two more romances are in the planning stages and will be written in 2019. In between writing my own books, I’m also getting more work editing and proof-reading for other authors.

I’m very excited about running some free taster sessions for writers at the Red Brick Building in Morland Road, Glastonbury. See the events page for more details.

My first speaking event is an author talk at Street Library at 11am on Saturday 6th October. Do come along and say hello if you’re in the area.

I’m looking forward to an inspiring, creative and productive future in my new location.

By alisonroseknight, May 26 2017 08:59AM

Hazelwood Spa in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire, is delighted to announce that we are partnering with Imagine Creative Writing Workshops to offer monthly workshops with a published author to help you develop your creative voice.

At Hazelwood, our ethos is to work with the body, mind and spirit. The [email protected] workshops will provide a supportive and inspiring environment where our clients can explore their creativity and find their writing voice.

Author Alison Knight will lead the sessions on the second Saturday of every month, starting on the 10th June from 3-5pm. Alison, who has been a Hazelwood client for many years, is a writer of contemporary fiction and young adult adventures.

‘I’m very excited about working at the beautiful new Hazelwood spa building,’ says Alison.

‘Who could fail to be inspired in such a wonderful environment?’

The [email protected] workshops are suitable for new and experienced writers and will have a theme that will be tailored to suit the needs of attendees. So if you have a tale to tell, whether it’s fiction or the story of your life, Alison will help you find your voice and create the story you’ve always wanted to write.

Places are limited, so register your interest by calling Hazelwood Beauty today. Tel: 01249 720964

By alisonroseknight, May 26 2017 08:55AM

In April, I was a guest on Karen King’s Travel Thursday Blog. Copy and paste the below link into your search bar:

By alisonroseknight, Feb 27 2017 04:34PM

On Wednesday 11th January 2017, I spent the afternoon at Oak Farm Library with a group of year nine pupils from Swakeleys School for Girls. My 90-minute workshop looked at how we consider the who, where and when in creative writing. The girls were on great form and some of their responses to the writing excercises were excellent. There was a lot of creative talent in the room! Many thanks to Oak Farm Library for hosting the event. If you would like me to run a workshop for your school, please get in touch via the contact page.

Introducing myself to the audience
Introducing myself to the audience
Hard at work on a writing excercise
Hard at work on a writing excercise
It wasn't all hard work - a fun afternoon
It wasn't all hard work - a fun afternoon

By alisonroseknight, Jan 3 2017 03:23PM

My last entry was six months ago. My apologies, but I promise you – I’ve been busy!

After the launch of Rosie Goes to War I was thrilled that WH Smith ordered 1,500 copies and friends sent me ‘shelfies’ of my book in airport bookshops. Thank you to everyone spotting Rosie Goes to War at WH Smith airport bookshops. So far, I've been sent pictures of it at Heathrow, Belfast and Luton. If you see it anywhere else, please take a picture and post it here. If you take it on holiday with you, please post a picture. It's been to Mauritius, Menorca and the Cairngorms in the past few months. How far can it go? Let's find out!

So, what else have I been doing? Well, I made a huge decision this year and left my full-time job as a professional fundraiser. I teach Creative Writing part-time and am now devoting the bulk of my time to writing. Leaving the day job coincided with my signing with the Kate Nash Literary Agency. I’m very excited about my future as a writer and looking forward to a long and successful partnership with Kate. At the moment she is looking for the right home for my novel, A Gust of Autumn Wind.

While Kate is working on the sale of my latest book, I’ve been promoting my published books. Since the London Book Fair, I’ve appeared at author events in Chippenham and Calne Libraries in Wiltshire, and at the Rhondda Book Fair in South Wales. I’ll be at Oak Farm Library in Hillingdon on the 11th January 2017.

The past six months has been a time of great change in my life, and at times it was quite terrifying! However, I now have more time to write and have finished the first draft of Rosie’s second time-slip adventure. I’ve also worked on plans for two new romance novels, telling the stories of two characters from Rescue me – Pamela and Lucy. Pamela’s story will also reveal the secret past of Florence, the elderly lady who brought together Laurel and Daniel in Rescue me. I’m really looking forward to writing these stories!

In the meantime, I’m still teaching at Wiltshire College. A new ten-week evening course in Creative Writing starts in January, followed by a ten-week Life Writing course in May. From September, we’ll be adding an afternoon class as well, and I’m also looking at possible venues for other courses. Watch this space for more information.

A new string to my bow is a proofreading and copy-editing service. I’ve been undertaking some freelance work for small publishers and self-publishers, and have joined the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. See the new page on this site for more information.

After so many years of having to fit my writing in around everything else, I can at last enjoy the fact that all of my work is now related to being an author. At the moment that means we’re much poorer than we were a year ago, but the satisfaction I have gained from doing what I love is priceless. I feel rich – and I’ll never take for granted the fact that after decades of dreaming, I can now make a whole new career from writing.

As we say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, my message is: ‘Follow your dreams, let your heart believe, feel your spirit soar, imagine what can be.’

Happy New Year!

Rosie Goes to War on sale at Heathrow Airport, summer 2016.
Rosie Goes to War on sale at Heathrow Airport, summer 2016.
At Chippenham Library, June 2016.
At Chippenham Library, June 2016.
In July, Rosie Goes to War was featured in The Bookseller
In July, Rosie Goes to War was featured in The Bookseller
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