One Hothouse Project writing course closes, another one opens

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An utter triumph, dwahlinks. Another term of North London’s finest indie writing course comes to a close.

Next Hothouse writing course starts Thursday May 29th at Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, NW6.

We laughed, we cried, we hurled, we learned stuff … well, apart from the ‘crying’ and ‘hurling’ bits.  The latest Hothouse Project course wrapped last Thursday night and, as ever, yr correspondent learned at least as much from the students as they learned from me. (Or, as I told them, if they enjoyed it half as much as I did, then I enjoyed it twice as much as them.)

The Hothouse Project, as those who’ve checked out the more recondite bits of my site will know, is my 8-week course in Journalism As Craft and Art (held at the Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead under the joint auspices of Aaaargh! Press and Storm Books), and we’re already gearing up for the next one, which kicks off on May 29.

Remember: unlike the myriad classes and courses running under the umbrellas of major publications and educational institutions, The Hothouse Project  is the guerilla-stylee, underground-press, 100% indie writing course … about as uncorporate as it gets.

So come sign up, awreddy … we’re ready for you, and I hope you’re ready for me …

The Hothouse Project writing course is an eight-week part-time course of weekly evening classes in West Hampstead, London NW6. Next one starts 7-9pm, Thursday 29th May.

Too Much Stuff: The Ultimate Solution

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Hi, my name is Charles and I have Too Much Stuff. Too many books, too many CDs, too many DVDs … you name ’em, I have piles of ’em. Great big tottering towers of ’em, to be precise. Unfortunately, there is no longer enough space in my bijou residence to accommodate said Tottering Towers, and my study resembles a cross between the aftermath of an explosion in a head-shop and a Turner Prize-winning installation on the subject of compulsive hoarding.

Soooo … the ultimate solution has been devised. To wit:  flogging off a bunch of the surplus, plus other oddage and soddage, at 11am this coming Sunday (that’s December 8) via a stall at the West Hampstead Community Market, held in the forecourt of West Hampstead Thameslink Station, on West End Lane opposite Costa Coffee. If you want to solve a few of those ticklish Xmas-prezzie dilemmae, stick some of that folding stuff into your wallet, set your GPS for ‘NW6 2LJ’ and c’mon along.

I’ll be there (along with a couple of lovely accomplices) to say hey and maybe even bend your shell-like on assorted topics, includng the spring 2014 Hothouse Project course in Journalism As Craft And Art. (If you can’t find anything you like on the stall, you could always buy your Loved One – or even yourself – a place on the course.)

So hie thee thither. And dress warm.

One Hothouse closes, another one opens

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Hothouse in session … November 2013

Last Thursday marked the end of the Winter 2013 sessions of The Hothouse Project. my writing course in Journalism As Craft And Art, held on Thursday nights in leafy/arty West Hampstead. We had another excellent bunch of students this time around, and their enthusiasm and hard work made it a real pleasure to teach. We had guest contributions from Paul Anderson (on the view from the Subs’ Desk) and Anna ‘Madam Miaow’ Chen (on the ins, outs and sidewayses of the blogosphere) and a thoroughly enlightening good time was had by all …

So we’re doing it again next February, once more aided, abetted and sponsored by the good folks at Storm Books and Aaaargh! Press. The Spring 2014 Hothouse Project course is now officially open for business, and I’m looking forward to passing on whatever it is I’ve learned during four-and-a-bit decades at the cultural coalface to a fresh bunch of people who love to write and want to learn how to do it just that little bit better.

We’ll soon be adding a selection of the best work from the Winter 2013 Hothouse Project students, which you’ll be able to find on the Storm Books site, so watch for the announcement of that coming any day now.

So: thanks to all the students who did the last course … and eagerly awaiting to the opportunity to work with next bunch … hopefully including YOU.

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Anna, CSM and Paul Anderson recuperate from a Hothouse session outside a recommended local hostelry

Hothouse: cometh the hour …

Hothouse journalism as craft and art creative writing course… and we’re getting ever closer to the September 26 launch of the 2013 edition of The Hothouse Project course in Journalism As Craft And Art, in which I share the whizzdom accumulated over several decades running a small adjective factory. Still a few places left before kickoff this Thursday …

Click HERE and follow the bouncing ball …