Your WriteClub Host
Alison Powell is a freelance writer and creativity coach. She facilitates workshops that encourage, inspire and celebrate new writing, and she offers both online and face-to-face mentoring. She has written for a whole host of education publishers, including BBC Bitesize, York Notes, Scholastic and Smart Learning, and her short fiction has appeared in various anthologies and magazines, including Project Calm, Mslexia and The National Flash Fiction Day Anthologies. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa and is one of twenty emerging Welsh writers on the Hay Festival Writers at Work programme.
Her most recent projects include a writing residency at Alton Towers, delivering workshops on poetry at schools and colleges around the UK, writing original children's stories for the charity onebillion, and curating English lessons for BBC Daily. In January she received funding from National Theatre Wales to run a Project Development Lab on the theme of isolation and she is currently writing a novella in response to that experience.
Her book, When the Mountain Swallowed the Morning, was long-listed for the Mslexia Fiction Prize, shortlisted for the Janklow & Nesbit Bath Spa Award and won runner-up place in the 2016 Bridport New Novel Prize. You can read an extract here. She also won the local author award in the Bath Short Story Award 2016 - read her story here.
Alison is an active member of a subcomittee for NAWE (the National Association for Writers in Education) and is both an advisor and Channel Partner for creative writing advocates, Paper Nations.
She is a Master Practitioner of NLP and Life Coaching and believes that everyone has the right to write. Get in touch to find out how she can support you.
"It was such a wonderful experience. I arrived feeling as if I had no business being there and left in awe at what we all could create out of nothing in such a short space of time. I laughed to the point of hysteria. I was moved and touched. Truly you have created something special.
A place to fall into a world of words, regardless of what we think of ourselves. A place where we only seek the goodness in others. No competition. No judgement. So thank you, for what you do"
“It was a real joy coming to WriteClub and meeting all the fabulous writers. My head has been full of images and stories since. The tasks and prompts were great fun and very stimulating.”
“I have never done anything like it and I was seriously out of my comfort zone (in a good way). I was very impressed to hear how talented people are and I found that inspiring rather than intimidating. I came to the group because I am exploring my own creativity and want to find the confidence to express it. I am not someone with a novel in the drawer.”