I should probably pretend that this idyllic Brighton writers’ room doesn’t exist and that it isn’t run by two great writers with best selling books to their credit.
I should probably ignore the fact that they are also really, really nice women, the kind you feel comfortable with after the first meeting and when you leave you realise that you’ve been smiling most of the time you’ve been together.
And you don’t want to know that they both have a never ending supply of jokes about themselves. Araminta when asked about her working day, said that mostly she seemed to wash pants. (She has sold the film rights to her first novel Everything and Nothing, a Richard and Judy book club read in 2011, and her second novel Dot is also a bestseller.)
Lizzie – who began her career telling Jeremy Paxman which way to look when a BBC television floor manager is the author of two bestsellers and her third book will be out next year – says she is thinking about including the following endorsement on the back cover: “I always like the spiel you do before an actual reading better than the stuff in the book” – a friend…
And I definitely shouldn’t be posting information about the writing courses they run in Brighton and their go-for-it can-do attitude.
Here’s what they say: “We don’t believe in born-with-it-talent. You can teach yourself to cook, paint, sew, read, play music … so why do so many people scoff at the idea of being taught how to write? Of course you need to have a smidgen of natural ability, but the fact that you’re reading these words shows that you’re more than just mildly interested in the idea of writing and, as such, probably have that anyway. You will leave our creative writing courses with practical exercises completed and ideas refined. Because that’s the other thing we know; it’s amazing what you can achieve in a day if you really get down to it.”
In the creative writing tution stakes, I guess we are competing against each other (although it doesn’t feel like that) but that’s why I’m not giving the web address at http://www.writersroom.info or revealing Lizzie Enfield and Araminta Hall’s full names or mentioning the fact that they have lots of interesting courses coming up. Oh, all right then, but you didn’t hear it from me…except if you do go along, tell them I said Hi.