“Myfanwy (Vanni) triumphs again! Her new editing workshop is brimful of skills, insights, gems to motivate, creative exercises and tips that will spill over into my professional business writing and personal creative writing .” (Jenny Daisley, www.springboardconsultancy.com, January 2011)
Myfanwy's love of language and its use orginated while teaching English in Algeria, France and Malaysia. Her passion for writing creative fiction stemmed from her love of reading. Her formal qualifications include a first degree in History and a PGCE. She taught teaching methodology in further education in Scotland and has designed specialist TESOL courses for companies and academic institutions such as Aberdeen University. She has also written and tutored numerous practical workshops and courses on writing and using words creatively for Devon Arts Culture, Devon County Council, Riverside Creative Writers, The Springboard Consultancy Ltd. and on behalf of other companies and organisations.
"The John Taylor workshops that Myfanwy wrote and delivered were excellent and good value. The workbooks that she produced were practicaland tailored to fit the project exactly drawing on events in local, national and world history to provide a framework for the writing activities. The result was that some of the stories that were produced will be published in a future on-line issue of Margins magazine." Dr. Ann Pulsford February, 2010. (Selection of the stories published in Margins print issue 4 ,May 2010. See: www.dartmoorcam.co.uk/Margins/margins.htm)
"Great-Entertaining" (B.Beck, Storytelling, Tavistock Library, October, 2010)"Very helpful, practical and interesting" (L.Sharland, The Prison, September 2010)
"An excellent workshop. Informative and entertaining." (C.Piggott, MYTHS, LEGENDS, FOLKLORE AND WILD, WONDROUS DARTMOOR-STORYTELLING WORKSHOP, Okehampton, July 2010)"Brilliant, very worthwhile and very interesting with lots of fascinating information. Thank you." (T.Cooke, MYTHS, LEGENDS, FOLKLORE AND WILD, WONDROUS DARTMOOR-STORYTELLING WORKSHOP, Okehampton, July 2010)"Great fun with such a varied group. Most entertaining under an inspired and humorous leader." (P.A. Stewart, MYTHS, LEGENDS, FOLKLORE AND WILD, WONDROUS DARTMOOR-STORYTELLING WORKSHOP, May 2010)
"Really enjoyed this! Liked the way it gave structure and practical advice. Learnt a lot. Really wished we had longer!" (E. Scott, Just One Kiss - Romantic short fiction workshop,The Watermark Library, Ivybridge, Devon, May 2010)
"Fanatastic! V-informative , engrossing and fun" The John Taylor - Canals, copper and Historical Fiction Workshop, November 2009. (Lynn Parr, of www.creative-liaisons.net and former editor of Artists & Illustrators magazine)
"Brilliant! Excellent content, preparation and delivery. Thoroughly enjoyed it and very useful." The John Taylor - Canals, copper and Historical Fiction Workshop, November 2009 (Elizabeth Cole)
"Informative, inspirational and a solid grounding for a work of creativity."
The John Taylor - Canals, copper and Historical Fiction Workshop, November 2009 (Carol Harrison)
"An exceptionally good workshop. Myfanwy is quite inspirational and offers encouragement and 'know-how' to all hopeful writers." The John Taylor - Canals, copper and Historical Fiction Workshop, November 2009. (Gill Saunders)
"I found the event most informative and helpful and the whole day was very enjoyable. Myfanwy easily manages to create the perfect atmosphere for creativity which certainly inspired me, and which has given me the confidence to go away and put the knowledge into practice! The one thing which I noticed was how easily she puts everyone at their ease and towards the end of the day you could say that everyone in the room were a group of friends!" (Lisa M. Tyrer, Centre Manager, SIMTR, Conference Centre)