The course tutor was Kate Walker and, as always, she had a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart. We were working on beginnings, middles and ends, which was great for me, as I usually hit a sticking point somewhere around the middle of my books. So a lot of attention was given to plotting and pace and Kate handed out some useful worksheets to keep on us track during the whole process of writing a romance novel, or any novel come to that.
I also managed to get some final editing done on my current WIP while there, ready to submit the full ms to Harlequin Mills and Boon the following Monday. Getting up at six am, making a coffee and settling down for a couple of hours of editing in my spacious and comfortable room was a pleasantly productive way to start the day. Back home, I intended to have a couple of weeks off writing before starting something new, but the best laid plans . . . Inevitably, I came away from Cirencester full of energy and enthusiasm and so I've given in and have begun making some notes for my next book - with a sexy Italian hero this time ;)