Past Courses + Events

Creative Writing for Well-being

Thank you to the delightful and talented students who came along and enjoyed a weekend of comfortable rooms, excellent food, great company and lots of creative writing. We shared our weekend, our ideas and our stories, and what an amazing variety of pieces emerged. The funny and the poetic, the descriptive and the moving. We … Read more

Click, Create, Connect Photography and Creative Writing

Case Study PDF —- Join us for these free friendly photography and creative writing sessions at Big Kirk Hallam Community Centre on Friday mornings this Summer. As well as working on our photographs and creative writing inside the Community Centre we’ll be taking some interesting trips outside, finding inspirational places where we can write, take … Read more

Start a New Chapter

Join us for this brand new collaborative course and learn ways to boost your self-confidence! You’ll enjoy one to one sessions with life coach Rachel Morgan and reconnect with your creative self with life writing facilitator Chrissie Hall. You’ll reflect on your life story so far and the chapters ahead, finding ways to nurture your … Read more

Creative Writing Summer School

Thank you to all those talented writers who joined Denman’s very first Creative Writing Summer School. Students were working on such a variety of writing and it was great to be involved with all those different genres and writing projects. We had a wonderful sunny, happy week working on our projects and supporting each other. … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thanks to the writers who joined me at the wonderful Denman College to enjoy life writing together. What a diverse group we were, with a wealth of life experience to write about. Nostalgic stories of home and childhood, living and working in England and elsewhere, the military life, farming life, camper van adventures, working at … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thanks to the writers who joined me on the Winter Writing Retreat. What a productive time we had. Prolific descriptive nostalgic writing (four complete tales plus a sketch script) from a writer who confessed to arriving with absolutely no idea of what she was going to write! Others who disappeared for hours at a time, … Read more

Stories in Victoria Park

Erewash Borough Council are delighted to have been awarded Heritage Lottery funding to restore and renovate the town’s Victoria Park and a great programme of work is underway. Stories in Victoria Park is part of it . To mark the centenary of the Park Chrissie Hall has been commissioned to write a short story about … Read more

Derbyshire F.W.I. Centenary Celebration Anthology

To celebrate 100 years of the Women’s Institute in Derbyshire the Federation will publish an anthology of stories and poems edited by Chrissie Hall, written by members of Derbyshire Federation and submitted for judging as part of the Derbyshire Eisteddfod in 2015 The brief consisted of:- Category 1 – Poetry Writing – an original poem … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thank you to all the Life Story Writers who travelled to Denman to begin writing their life stories. We learned that there is no such thing as an ‘ordinary’ life as we wrote stories about ‘rags’ to riches – amazing women of the 20th century who survived and prospered against all the odds. Tales of … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thank you to all the ladies and the gentleman students who worked so hard on this intensive two night residential course and began writing their life stories. What a wealth of different experiences we were privileged to have in the room. We heard and wrote about our amazingly diverse lives. Working and/or growing up in … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thank you to the group of talented and enthusiastic writers and poets for their contributions to the Winter Retreat. With writers from Norfolk Federation and elsewhere we enjoyed working on short stories, sketches, a novel, a first journalistic project for a W.I. President, and some memoir writing. Several students were inspired to write after discovering … Read more

Creative Writing for Well-being

Thank you to all the talented students who produced some fascinating pieces of creative writing, including the gentle art of letter writing, memoir, and a performance piece during this course and were so generous to each other when sharing and commenting on work. It was great to meet you all. Keep writing! — Research tells … Read more

Summer Writing Retreat

Thank you to all the Writers who made this such a wonderful creative experience. What a diverse and talented group – a real privilege to work with you all. The creative writing talents ranged from scripts, memoirs, stories and songs. Congratulations to everyone on this memorable Writing Retreat. — Escape to Denman – it’s the … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thank you to all the life story writers who worked so hard on this course and generously shared their stories with each other. What a diverse group we were, but everyone had fascinating tales to tell, and we enjoyed hearing each others unforgettable tales . Well done to everyone – it was a privilege to … Read more

Winter Writing Retreat

Thank you to all the talented writers who worked so hard on their novels, short stories, memoir, family history, poems and sketches, and supported each other with thoughtful intuitive critiques. The group also happily volunteered to be cast, and to take direction from the experienced sketch writer, bringing her writing from ‘page to stage’. Delighted … Read more

Creative Writing for Articles

Thank you to all the talented and enthusiastic students who worked so hard and became such a supportive and inspirational ‘team’ sharing ideas, knowledge and comments as we developed our articles. — In this practical writing workshop we’ll enjoy applying our creativity to writing light-hearted easy-reading features/ articles. We’ll look at popular local and national … Read more

Arts and Heritage Creative Writing Workshop

To celebrate a decade of arts and creativity Erewash Borough Council are offering an exciting programme of creative arts activities at a variety of venues throughout the Borough. Join us at Erewash Museum for a relaxed friendly and informal half day creative writing workshop led by local writer Chrissie Hall. We will be finding inspiration … Read more

Have You Ever Thought About Writing Your Life Story?

Thank you to all the talented students on this course. What an amazing diversity of life stories. From an East End childhood during the London Blitz, to a Cyprus village of the 1960, tiger spotting in India, homes, hobbies, gardens, holidays, colourful grandparents, schools, teachers, friendships, adventures, disasters, washdays in Scottish tennemants, and visits to … Read more

UNEXAMINED LIVES

A Community History Project. 20th Century Lives in a Derbyshire Village Chrissie is delighted to be part of the team involved in this innovative ongoing Heritage Lottery funded project studying 20th century life from the perspective of ordinary people connected to the Derbyshire village of Borrowash. The project, is partnered by local arts organisation ‘Wash … Read more