About me

Bethany_Rivers

‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’ Maya Angelou

Have you got a story you’re burning to tell?

Have you always wanted to write a book, but never been sure how?

Have you tried and tried to get those ideas down on paper and just can’t find the words?

Are you struggling with your book and don’t know where to turn to?

Welcome to your very own personalised Story Doctor!

Contact me to enable you to give birth to your stories, bring them alive in a joyful and inspiring journey!

THE WRITING ROAD

The writing road can be a very rocky one.  The writer’s block, the pitfalls, the self-doubt, the wondering why on earth are you doing this…  It’s difficult to keep the inner-critic at bay, and let your creative self speak.  It’s the same for every writer, and it’s the same for every new project.  Over the years, I’ve learnt a great deal about my own creative process and things that help, and I can help you find your way through the thorny maze into pastures fresh with words!

So, if you’re looking to find new ways to be creative, to find the inner-treasure of your creativity, be authentic and produce quality writing that will touch the hearts and minds of others, you’ve come to the right place.  I will help you find your unique voice.  Everyone’s voice is unique, but not everyone has had the opportunity to find their voice.  I am committed to inspiring writers to express the depth and texture of their lives and imaginations.  You will find a treasure trove of skills and tools you can use to shape your writing into a creation of genuine beauty.  You will discover fun ways to craft your writing which will in turn inspire others.

I was eight when I wrote my first poems and short stories.  I didn’t have anyone around to tell me if they were any good.  There was no-one to encourage me or to spur me on.  I wrote because I loved it.  This was before any notion of what was good or bad in my writing.  It can be a very lonely road – writing – and we all need cheerleaders, and we all need honest and constructive feedback.  It wasn’t until I actually went to university at 18, that I started to receive any feedback on my work – and that was scary, I can tell you.  Feedback always needs to be contextualised and relevant.  It’s very much against my ethos to leave any writer feeling abandoned with a whole heap of issues with their writing and not know how on earth to tackle them.  Feedback needs to show you a way forward, like a lamp holder on a dark night, picking out the path for you.  That’s my role.  I’m here to be your lamp holder.  So you can see your path to your deepest, truest and best writing.

 

Courses tailored to suit you, available online or face to face, one to one or in a group.  Please contact for details.

Bethany Rivers (M.A. in Creative Writing from Cardiff University) is a poet and author based in Shrewsbury, who has taught creative writing for over ten years and mentored and coached many writers from the start of their writing project through to publication.

You can contact Bethany by using the form on the Contact page

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER:  @bethanyrivers77

FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK:   https://www.facebook.com/Bethany-Rivers-819787388081208/?fref=ts

I’m giving readings around the country from my new poetry pamphlet.  See details on the Events page.

Hear a sample of the poems below.  More can be found on the Publications tab.

Release date 22nd July 2016

Released summer 2016

Bethany Rivers’ debut pamphlet – OFF THE WALL – copies are available from here: http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/bethany-rivers/4592595600 

 ‘Off the wall’ takes you on a journey of  silences, the stories within them and what it means to search for and discover your own voice.   The inspiration is derived from classics such as Picasso and Constable to the contemporary art of Georgia O’Keeffe, Catherine Hyde and Shani Rhys-James.   This collection is a celebration of art and how it expresses the inner-landscape, the pain of Ophelia, the empowerment of Persephone,  the illumination of Buddha, the textures of love and the ultimate comfort of Home.  

 

2 thoughts on “About me

  1. Do you mind if I quote a small number of your articles as long as I provide
    credit and sources returning to your weblog: http://www.writingyourvoice.org.uk/. I’ll aslo ensure to
    give you the proper anchor text hyperlink using your blog title:
    Writing Your Voice | Express yourself, be creative, get
    writing!. Please be sure to let me know if this is okay with you.
    Thanks alot 🙂

    • Many thanks for your message. Yes of course you can quote my article, with credits. Do let me know where I may see them! Best regards, Bethany

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