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Workshop Leaders


Jane Pugh

Jane Pugh

Jane Pugh is currently performing her one woman show, ‘Life Girl’ at venues across Cornwall and has been commissioned by the National Trust to write and produce a show for children. As well as writing her own material, Jane script-edits. She is currently editing four short plays for the Minack Theatre and recent credits include ‘Wolf’s Child’ by Wildworks and ‘First Light’ written by Mark Hayhurst and premiered at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Jane teaches scriptwriting at Falmouth University, amongst other organisations, specialising in understanding narrative and the origins of storytelling. Jane has made a total 27 short films, which won a total of 8 national and international awards, including an Oscar. Formally, she worked as a script editor for the BBC on single dramas, serials and long-running dramas. Of course, one more essential feature in her work, is the inspiration she brings to adults and youth through writing groups at The Writers’ Block

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Wyl Menmuir

Wyl Menmuir

http://wylmenmuir.co.uk/

Wyl Menmuir is a novelist and editor based in Cornwall. His bestselling debut novel, The Many (Salt Publishing) was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize. In November 2016, Nightjar Press published a limited edition chapbook of his story Rounds and in 2017, the National Trust published his story, In Dark Places.

Wyl has written for both Radio 4’s Open Book and for The Observer, and is a regular contributor to the journal Elementum. He teaches creative writing at Falmouth University and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wyl is co-creator of the Cornish writing centre, The Writers’ Block, and has worked with Arvon Foundation, National Literacy Trust and Centre for Literacy in Primary Education on a series of high profile literacy programmes.

 
Rob Lane

Rob Lane

Rob is a freelance consultant in arts education, based in Cornwall, having previously worked as a teacher and senior leader in schools and colleges for 37 years. A former winner of the Sainsbury’s Award for Drama and a Teacher of the Year award (South West) from “The Guardian”, he was Director of the Specialist Performing Arts College at Brannel, during which time he worked closely with a wide range of national and international organisations delivering educational programmes aimed at encouraging children to engage with the arts. He has been a frequent contributor to the International Schools’ Theatre Association, running theatre and language workshops for students and teachers at festivals across Europe and SE Asia. He is also a qualified coach, supporting PGCE and MEd students, as well as running teacher CPD courses. Rob is an Associate of the University of Falmouth and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He reads continuously, writes constantly, listens closely and thrives on a diet of green tea and ginger cake.

 

 
Rebecca Gregson

Rebecca Gregson

Rebecca Gregson is a novelist and journalist, perfect occupations for someone with such a honed skill for eavesdropping. She admits that the characters, dialogue and storylines of her five published novels are often thinly disguised versions of reality, fed by her complicated family and by her time in BBC and newspaper newsrooms. Rebecca works extensively with young writers in schools, and is currently juggling freelance journalism, specialising in rural issues, with writing her sixth novel.

Photo by Steve Tanner

 
Penny Gunter

Penny Gunter

Penny Gunter is a playwright and primary teacher. She is currently editing her first novel and performs her poetry and short stories at events and festivals.

Penny was one of the ten winners of the BBC Writersroom 10 scheme, where she spent a year as writer-on-attachment at the Bristol Old Vic and attended master classes at Broadcasting House. She has taken two shows up to the Edinburgh Festival as writer and director, has been commissioned by Theatre West in Bristol and produced and directed her own shows in Bristol and Exeter. During her PGCE at Exeter University, specialising in Primary Literacy, her final essay exploring ‘Creative Approaches to Teaching Grammar’ was entered into a critical thinking in essay writing competition and is now used as an exemplar essay for subsequent cohorts.

Working at The Writers’ Block is an absolute dream come true for Penny. “It’s a privilege to be part of the children’s sense of wonder, their enthusiasm and to see the transformation in their attitudes to writing.”

 
Casey Bottono

Casey Bottono

I’m Casey Bottono and I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. I studied English with Creative Writing at Falmouth University, and then took two weeks off before going straight into a Masters in Professional Writing. Words are powerful tools, and help us to connect with one another through sharing our stories.

Finding your voice helps you celebrate the wonderful things about life, and deal with the less than perfect moments.

I work and connect with a supportive group of young writers and facilitators at The Writers’ Block, and discover what they really want to say.

 
Olivia Lowry

Olivia Lowry

I am Olivia, a professional writer and performer from Cornwall. I always loved English and Drama throughout school. I went on to study English Literature as both my undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. Forever far from a perfect student, it has always been my passion for the subject – for stories – which has seen me through. To find, tell and create stories has been my driving force, guiding light and constant compass.

The Writer’s Block is an incredible space to create and our workshops are the perfect place and people to do that with.

 
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