Jane Wenham Jones is a fabulous writer and a long-time friend of this blog. She’s a very entertaining talker and has now come up with one of the most enticing ideas for a writers’ workshop that I’ve ever seen. I am green with envy, and seriously considering signing up to this.
I am a bit of a sucker for a massage. Swedish, Indian head, aromatherapy, hot stones, cold cucumber, Ayurvedic oil dripped on face from swinging cup, small Thai girl walking up my spine – I’ve tried ‘em all. When there was a fuss about Princess Diana spending £100,000 a year on “treatments” I did a quick calculation and reckoned that while I’d be hard pushed to get through that sort of money in my small seaside town I could have a fair go at the ordinary mortal’s equivalent. I could quite happily spend a whole morning doing the manicure, pedicure, body scrub, facial bit and still go back in the afternoon and have my eyebrows tinted. Give me a foot rub and I’m anybody’s…
So it is very strange that I have never sampled the delights of a health farm (unless you count the clinic I visited in Goa for the Guardian, where they believed in enemas – I will spare you the details) but now my chance has come. I will be at the fabulous Champneys Springs in Leicestershire on the 19th and 20th of November this year, running a Wannabe a Writer Weekend.
While I’m hoping to slide off for something deep tissue at some point, I will not, however, be wandering around in a fluffy robe waiting for my next dose of essential oils. No, I shall be speaking, teaching – “facilitating”, I think they call it – on this wonderful weekend course where you can do lots of writing AND have a good rub down.
The schedule includes talks, a workshop, time for your own writing, a critiquing and feedback session, discussions, a signed copy of Wannabe a Writer? AND has a couple of treatments thrown in.
It would be wonderful to see you there!