Dr DeAnn Bell, Creative Writer & Lecturer English, Home Page

Welcome to my webpage.

Here are a few pages of information about me and my interests. I hope that you will find them interesting.

Feel free to drop me an email, there is a message form on the contacts page.


Venue Cymru's Young Critics (full day class)
March 14th, 2020
If you want to learn the skills of theatre criticism come and join us at Venue Cymru / Theatr Colwyn, where you'll watch a range of performances, have a mentor to guide you with your work and benefit from workshops with writers. Young Critics reviews are published on our dedicated blog site and on social media. The scheme, supported by Arts Council of Wales, is the first of its kind in North Wales. There will be opportunities to visit performances at other venues and to attend writing workshops at Ty Newydd National Writers Centre of Wales. To find out more about how to apply to become a Young Critic contact youngcreatives@venuecymru.co.uk.

Japanese Poetic Forms: Haiku and Beyond
February 22nd 2020
Did you know that Haikai is a poem of 5 syllables-7 syllables-5 syllables that is an invitation to other poets to write collaboratively? When Haikai is combined with Tonka (5-7-5-7-7 verse as a response) from two other poets, the form becomes Renga! When written to be read alone, the 5-7-5 poem form (normally about nature) is called Haiku. Come write with me and explore the elegance and wit of Japanese Poetic forms including Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Mondo. February 22nd, 2020 at Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno from 2:00pm to 3:15pm. Suitable for beginners.

Christmas Traditions, Superstitions, and Ghost Stories
December 14th 2019
December 14th, 2019 Llandudno Library offers a day of storytelling: 12-1 pm Flash Fiction: Christmas Traditions, Superstitions and Ghost Stories Write with professional writer and teacher, Dr DeAnn Bell, and learn to tell spooky, touching and inspiring holiday stories in a flash! (Recommended for ages 16 and older) 2-3 pm and 4-5 pm Story Hour: Christmas Traditions, Superstitions, and Ghost Stories From Norse tales of mistletoe to Charles Dickens’s Christmas Carol, the tradition of Christmas ghost stories are as old as Christmas itself. Come listen to and share uncanny and strange Yuletide tales. Llandudno Library, 48 Mostyn St Llandudno LL30 2RP Golau Gaeaf / Winter Light

Flash Fiction: Christmas Traditions, Superstitions and Ghost Stories
December 5th 2019
Come write with me on December 5th, 2019 from 3-4 pm and learn to tell spooky, touching and inspiring holiday stories in a flash! (for ages 16 and older) @MOSTYN_Wales_ 12 Vaughan Street Llandudno LL30 1AB

Anglesey Writing Festival
November 9th 2019
The Anglesey Writing Festival is happening Saturday, November 9th at Ysgol David Hughes starting at 9am! I am working with writers on idea generation, how to recognize and avoid cliche, and how to make the most of themed submission calls. Electronic booking is closed but you can still register and attend on the day. There are booksellers, local authors, and lots of opportunities to build your writing network. Time: 9:00am for 10.00am – 5:30pm. For more information: http://www.angleseywritingfestival.co.uk My workshop is called: Understanding Creativity through Third Option Thinking Come join us!

Teaching at 3rd Space Kitchen, Llandudno
September 2019
Come write with me in a brilliant creative space called 3rd Space Kitchen in Llandudno. The first session is Back to Basics then Writing Fantastic Fantasy. From turning points to Tooks, we will get your writing back on track! Location:3rd Space Kitchen, 14 Clonmel St, Llandudno LL30 1LE Monday, October 14th- Writing: Back to Basics Plot, Character, and Setting are the basic building blocks of a story but understanding how they work together to create characters we care about in unforgettable worlds can flummox even the most experienced writer. Dr DeAnn Bell and 3rd Space Kitchen are ready to help you get back to basics with some fun and easy writing tricks, tips, and exercises that will help you discover (or rediscover) your love of writing. Monday, October 21st- Fantasy Writing From Tolkien’s Green Dragon to Llandudno’s 3rd Space Kitchen, the relationship between food, fantasy writing, and a good pint of beer is undeniable. Join Dr DeAnn Bell as she helps you navigate the pitfalls and peaks of creating fantasy novels from Epic Fantasy journeys to Urban Fantasy etiquette and all of the quirky creatures and features in between. Writers only need a pen, paper, and imagination. To book: https://www.facebook.com/events/683204662193643/

Making Art Write: Gallery Spaces as Writing Inspiration
June 15th 2019 at Mostyn Gallery Llandudno
Making Art Write: Gallery Spaces as Writing Inspiration A lecture by Dr DeAnn Bell In partnership with Bangor University. Your next novel idea could be as close as MOSTYN gallery. This interactive creative writing workshop focuses on idea generation for fiction and poetry. By first understanding how we, as individuals, organise our world into stories we can use props and prompts to collaborate with the art around us and produce innovative creative writing ideas. No previous writing experience is necessary. Paper and pens will be provided. Where Art and Words Collide: This series of lectures explores art and literature as interactive spaces for posing questions rather than imposing meaning. What is literature? What is art? What is beautiful? The relationship between artist, author, and audience is fraught with uneasy expectations of finding ‘meaning’. However, both literature and art thrive in places where art and words collide and meaning breaks apart to reveal alternative worlds and new approaches. From a historical look at violence in literature, to the places where narrative threads turn into digital tapestries, words trade meaning to become sounds, and perspective reframes creative approaches to become new art. Lectures are FREE. Booking is advised on 01492 868191 or by calling into the gallery (10.30am - 5.00pm, Tue - Sun)

Teaching Creativity through Third-Opting Thinking, #NAWE2018
November 9th 2018
Catch my workshop Teaching Creativity through Third-Opting Thinking at the 2018 NAWE conference taking place November 9th, 2018 at Park Inn by Radisson, North Street, York, YO1 6JF. The formal process of learning creative writing at university often assumes writers on the course know how to create original ideas. Books addressing creative writing further mystify the act of creating by claiming that creativity itself can’t be taught. This writing workshop consists of taking apart four basic types of writing prompts through third option thinking in order to demonstrate innovative idea generation. By learning how to rethink and relink causal connections inherent in the prompts, writers learn how to create on command rather than to wait for inspiration. Catch the Tweets: @NAWE #NAWE2018 and @DeAnnWrites

Book Launch for Normal Deviation!
June 30th, 2018
Normal Deviation published by Wonderbox Publishing and edited by myself and Lyle Skains launches Saturday, June 30th, 2018! The speculative fiction short story anthology is available for purchase now. My short story "Blind Date" is second in the collection. Get a copy and see for yourself what happens when you give a load of writers a single image and tell them to develop their third option idea. I am very pleased to be a part of this project. Normal Deviation: A Weird Fiction Anthology Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Normal-Deviation-Weird-Fiction-Anthology/dp/1912110679/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530282582&sr=8-1&keywords=normal+deviation Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1912110679?pf_rd_p=d1f45e03-8b73-4c9a-9beb-4819111bef9a&pf_rd_r=49FH3QT5858RMN6Q47RS

Normal Deviation Anthology Kickstarter Launch
First and foremost, the funding is for the authors of these stories. As authors ourselves, we know how much writers get exploited. So much of what we write is "on spec" - writing in fits and starts around full-time jobs and families and responsibilities for just the hope that some editor somewhere might pay us a measly fee for the hours spent creating. We asked writers - established, new, young, old, white, black, human, lizard, and breadbox - to respond to one weird-ass pic (which was selected by the public) with stories in whatever genre they wanted. We collected the best of them into a full-length anthology, and we're delivering that straight to you, reader and lover of weird and fantastic stories. The stories include absurd aliens, philosophical questions about life and death, Death itself, befuddled activists, prophecies, and post-apocalyptic pigs. What to Learn More? Check out our Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/335044740/normal-deviation-the-completed-weird-fiction-antho

Mentoring with Young Critics North Wales at Tŷ Newydd
December 1st-3rd, 2017
This weekend I am mentoring Venue Cymru's Young Theatre Critics North Wales writing retreat with Guardian critic Lyn Garner and Theatre Clwyd's Artistic Director Tamara Harvey. Hosted at Tŷ Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales, this is a fantastic opportunity for young writers. Interested in being a part of the scheme? All you need is to have an interest in theatre and be between the ages of 16-24. For more information: https://venuecymru.co.uk/young-critics

"Crone Maiden" appearing now in Sage Woman, Issue 92
October 2017
"Crone Maiden" is a creative nonfiction response to “The Giantesses Apron” collected by P.H. Emerson. Now available in Sage Woman: Embracing Change. http://www.bbimedia.com

Flash fiction story "The Missing" accepted for publication by Open Pen
September 19th 2017
Limiting previous cover authors such as myself to writing a twenty-word story, Open Pen Magazine of London has accepted "The Missing" for a microfiction project in celebration of their 20th issue. This is an innovative magazine encouraging a wide range of short story fiction in addition to digital fiction and podcasts. For more information about submissions and subscriptions see: http://www.openpen.co.uk/

Bare Bones of Horror with the Llandudno & District Writers Club
September 13th 2017
In preparation for their upcoming November horror story competition, the Llandudno & District Writers Club invited me to teach a session on the bare bones of horror. We worked together to break horror down into its most basic components and reinvigorate old horror tropes. Looking forward to working with this group again and getting my hands on the stories from the November contest winners! Looking to join an innovative writing group in Llandudno? The link to their website is: http://llandudnowriters.weebly.com/

Helping out at Anglesey Môntage Writing Festival
September 9th 2017
The Anglesey Môntage Writing Festival will take place this Saturday at Ysgol David Hughes, Menai Bridge, LL59 5SS. Registration starts at 9:30, daytime events running until 5:00 pm. I am helping out with the set-up and looking forward to attending the event as a guest. Tickets are still available for both the festival and the festivities afterwards. Check it out and join me. For more information see: http://www.angleseywritingfestival.co.uk/

Blogging for Normal Deviation
July 2017
I am now writing a bi-weekly blog alternating writer focused information with my co-editor, Dr Lyle Skains. Sign up for our weekly information updates on writing, publishing and the publication progress of our new speculative fiction short story anthology Normal Deviation. http://normaldeviation.wonderboxpublishing.com/

Open Submission Call for Normal Deviation Anthology
June 1st through August 31st 2017:
DeAnn is co-editing the anthology Normal Deviation with Dr Lyle Skains and Wonder Box Publishing. Check out my Writing Desk page for further details:

'The Empire Builder' accepted for publication
May 2017:
DeAnn's personal essay 'The Empire Builder' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine Sage Woman.

'Fallow Times: Understanding the Ebb and Flow of Personal Magic' accepted
March 2017:
DeAnn's article 'Fallow Times: Understanding the Ebb and Flow of Personal Magic' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine Witches&Pagans.

Take pART 2017 at Venue Cymru
14th & 15th January 2017
I will be running 3 collaborative writing workshops on Sunday 15th January 2017 titled "A funny thing happened on the way to Take pART". Workshops are for ages 10 and up, and are free. They will be held at 10:30, 13:00, & 15:15 in meeting room 4 at Venue Cymru.

Want To Get In Touch? Then Send Me A Message...
7th January 2017
Go to the Contacts page and fill out the email form, I'll be pleased to hear from you.

Cats page updated
6th January 2017
Check out my cats page: Cats have a long and celebrated history in writing, here are pictures and information about my cats...

DeAnn Presents @SCSM_Bangor 's Media Sandwich
November 16th 2016
DeAnn presented a successful short talk today to Bangor University's School of Creative Studies & Media - (SCSM, twitter: @SCSM_Bangor) titled 'Teaching Creative Non-Fiction Outside the traditional workshop'. The talk was well received with interest generated from a number of delegates pertaining to engaging and motivating students.

DeAnn Presenting At NAWE 2016
November 11th-13th 2016:
DeAnn is attending the NAWE conference at Stratford Upon Avon and presenting a talk on 'Teaching creative non-fiction'

'Crone Maiden' accepted for publication
November 2016:
DeAnn's latest short story 'Crone Maiden' has been accepted for publication by the US magazine SageWoman

www.DeAnnBell.com launched
November 2016:
DeAnn's personal website www.deannbell.com is launched. The site will be updated as time allows, watch this space

Dr DeAnn Bell