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Let your imagination run riot this autumn

21 July 2010

Budding writers can develop their storytelling skills thanks to a new course launched by Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Telling Tales is one of more than 400 courses starting this September as part of the Centres new Choices prospectus.

Led by author Lynne Barrett-Lee, Telling Tales offers first-hand practical and theoretical tuition, tips and advice on the craft of creative writing. It will also give writers the opportunity to go through analysis, application and inspiration, to get them crafting truly compelling fiction and also includes advice on finding markets and getting published.

Speaking about Telling Tales, Lynne Barrett-Lee said: "The passing on of stories is as old as mankind, and the urge to tell them, for many of us, runs deep. Those of us who find ourselves afflicted by what many writers liken to a disease, will know only too well that the true writer can’t not write. As is so eloquently stated by the author Gracie Harmon, we are "just people who have a whole lot on the inside that they need to get to the outside, with pen and paper as their preferred method of transport". Writers, in the main, write compulsively; we enjoy creating fiction out of the facts all around us, and even if we’re not all scribbling furiously in cafes, then we’re often to be found, miles away, staring into space, while engaged in doing likewise in our heads."

"My course is for anyone who has not yet started to write as well as those who are more experienced. Writing fiction, in the first instance, requires just three things: a desire to tell tales (that disease I mentioned earlier); an imagination (if it’s rusty, no matter; it will be nurtured) and most of all, a sense of adventure. In other words – bar perhaps a working knowledge of written English – nothing the average person can’t muster, if telling tales looks like becoming an affliction for you too…"

Telling Tales starts on Friday 1st October 2010 at the Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning. Lynne Barrett-Lee has published seven novels including Barefoot In The Dark which was shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance in 2007. She is also a popular columnist for the Western Mail.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning offers hundreds of courses covering a range of subject areas, including Languages, Business and Management and Computer Studies. Whether it is for personal or professional development or purely recreational, there is almost certainly a course available to suit all tastes. To get your free copy of Choices, and to see a full list of courses starting this September, contact the Centre on 029 2087 0000 or visit the website


Note to editors
1. Telling Tales
Fee £85.00 (Concessionary Fee £68.00)
Lynne Barrett-Lee
Led by an experienced author, this is a course for anyone interested in developing and honing their fiction writing skills. Concentrating primarily, though not exclusively, on the short story form it is intended, through analysis, application and inspiration, to get you crafting truly compelling fiction. The course also includes advice on finding markets and getting published, and taking your passion for writing to the next level.
10 weekly meetings
Fridays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
Starting 1st October 2010
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff
10 Credits, Level 1 or 2
For further details visit:

2. Lynne Barrett-Lee was born in London and is married with three children. She has always written in her spare time, and her short stories and articles have been published in women's magazines for several years. Her novels are the acclaimed Julia Gets A Life, Virtual Strangers, One Day, Someday and Straight On Till Morning and she writes full-time. In 1994 she and her family moved to Cardiff. For further details visit

3. Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales. The Centre provides around 400 Lifelong Learning Courses a year. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provides short courses for business, public sector employers and the individual. The Centre also provides business language training at all levels, including translation services and interpreters.

4. Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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For further information contact:
Jayne McGill
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University
Tel: 029 2087 6342