Last weekend's writing workshop in istoric Rugby was a delight. We met in the (partially) restored Uffington House that was built for Madame Hughes -- the elderly mother of the founder of Rugby who travelled from England to lend her support to this utopian venture, spending the rest of her life in the Tennessee 'wilderness.'
It was a diverse and talented group -- about half were
We worked long and hard. Each participant had submitted around twenty pages and each received an hour's in depth critique from the rest of us. It was exciting to hear the suggestions and ideas for plot twists that emerged and to see the fledgling writers beginning to find a shape for their work;
At least three of the participants had set their novels in Rugby -- one modern day, the other two in the past. One of these dealt with Emily Hughes, who had lived here in Uffington House with her grandmother Madame Hughes.
I think all of us had the feeling that Madame Hughes's spirit was looking on in approval that her literary son's endeavor was now nuturing other writers.