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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 Imagine@Hazelwood 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 Imagine@Hazelwood 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

By alisonroseknight, Jun 4 2016 12:11PM

When I pitched my YA book, Rosie Goes to War, to Hazel Cushion of Accent Press in July 2014 I was a hopeful but unpublished writer. Thankfully, Hazel and Editor Cat Camacho both loved it and wanted to see what else I’d written. I soon had a three book deal with Accent Press. I was finally going to be published!

Despite being the first book I pitched, Rosie Goes to War is the last of those three books to hit the shelves. Accent decided they wanted it to be part of their new YA launch at the London Book Fair 2016. It was a long time to wait, but the upside of this means that it is a paperback launch, rather than an ebook with print on demand. And before the publication date of 14th April, W.H. Smith had ordered 1,500 copies!

The launch itself was a great experience. The London Book Fair is a big, noisy, overwhelming space. Everywhere I looked were books, and people doing deals to buy and sell those books to readers all over the world. There were big publishers, independent publishers, foreign publishers and self-publishers. At their stands they greeted authors, agents and book buyers. The buzz of competition and commerce hummed throughout the great halls of Olympia, and in quiet corners people came together to sit and recharge their batteries, and make notes in readiness for their next foray into the madness of London Book Fair.

At the Accent Press stand, I met fellow authors and YA bloggers who have been helping Accent Press produce the best new YA stories for their range. And there it was – MY BOOK! I have to confess, I spent a lot of my time at London Book Fair holding and stroking a copy of Rosie Goes to War. I was so thrilled to see it in print at last, with such a beautiful cover, that I couldn’t put it down.

So now Rosie Goes to War is at last out there for everyone to see. Readers can follow Rosie back to 1940 and witness her adventures. The waiting is over, and now the waiting begins. What will people think? Will they love it as much as I loved writing it? I’m sitting here with bated breath, wondering what the first reviews will say.

In the meantime, a writer’s work is never done, and I’m back at the keyboard – this time Rosie is heading for Victorian London – and the adventure begins again…

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