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Holiday Facilitators: Alison Habens

skill, experience, warmth


Alison Habens is the author of Dreamhouse, a 1990s cult novel based on Alice in Wonderland, which had its ‘coming of age’, a 21st birthday, with Lewis Carroll’s 150th anniversary in 2015. But Alison has written pretty much every day since it was first published, with two further novels, Lifestory and Family Outing in print, and lots of short stories, articles, poems and plays to see on

Her new novels are a quirky retelling of the St Veronica myth, The True Picture; and a postmodern rom-com, Pencilwood. (Visit and to find out where she got the ideas from…) Alison is course leader for Creative Writing at the University of Portsmouth, and has a PhD on the subject of ‘divine inspiration’ in literature. She runs a research project called ‘Ink:Well’ – Life-writing for Wellbeing. She lives in an old church on the Isle of Wight, with husband and three children/young adults, and commutes to work by hovercraft. 

What people say about Alison and her courses:

Enjoyed the writing course immensely with Alison - inspired to get home and write!

I have been on many courses over the years but never on one where everything totally exceeded my expectations. The group were absolutely fantastic, the location wonderful and the tutor experienced, empathic, with fun and serious application, sprinkled with amazing insight and superb observations. 

Alison has the most brilliant style. I would wholeheartedly recommend.

Inspirational, lots of help with techniques and ideas to spark and improve writing.

I really enjoyed the writing course and got a lot from it. The course was very well structured and led us logically through development of our writing in a short time. 

Alison Habens is a great, empathic, knowledgable teacher. 

The course was fantastic and exactly what I needed. Alison is wonderful and inspiring. 

Made me feel at ease and excited about my writing. Gave brilliant advice and direction to go forward in my work which was my main aim this weekend.

Alison is warm, encouraging, supportive and a very good teacher.

So good! Alison paced it brilliantly, was insightful, very helpful, inspirational!

This creative writing course has made me see positively that I can continue with my writing and has provided me with tools to make my writing a success!

Alison structured the course in the best way. Interesting tutoring and plenty of space to write. Great direction.

Superb tutor who really knows her stuff and is very inspiring.

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