Helen Kenwright is creating novels and short stories
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patrons

Hi! I'm Helen Kenwright, and I'm a writer. I write all sorts of things, but my desire is to create stories that inspire people, entertain people and give them hope. At the moment I am doing that by writing solarpunk, queer romance and fantasy, with a dollop of humour and intrigue.

Recurrent themes in my fiction include sustainable futures, ecology and a celebration of diversity. My characters and their relationships are often queer in one way or another. And there's usually dragons.

I enjoy writing as a creative outlet and for the entertainment of readers, but I also want to help others to find their own creative voice and to improve their wellbeing. To this end I am growing a small business called the Writing Tree offering support and services to new writers, and I'm Creative Writing Lead for a project called 'Converge' at my local university, providing creative writing classes for people who have lived experience of mental ill-health. The more I do this, the more I see the benefits of creating art in terms of improved wellbeing and mental health. Not as therapy (although that can be very valuable too) but because we can all use art and learning to help us explore the meaning we find in the world around us, to entertain ourselves and our friends and to express our emotions. I see it as a fundamental part of being human, and something my own society chronically undervalues.

So, I joined Patreon to ask for support to help me find the time to write and research my own original fiction. My current projects are Moonside, a fantasy novel about a hairdresser, a photographer and the nature of home and family, and  'The Fletching Stone', which is a steampunk/solarpunk novel about an archaeologist investigating the life of an adventurer from the age of steam.  I'm also writing a series of fantasy short stories, collectively called  The Women of White Water. They are about a wise-woman, Berta, who has a particular talent for unearthing secrets that people often wish to keep hidden.

 You can read some of my work on my website.

I am English, and as such my disposition cries out against asking for help, especially of a financial nature. But I am also well aware that the realistic chances of generating income from writing are slim. Like many writers I have a 'portfolio career' of teaching and other jobs to pay the bills, none of which is lucrative or secure, especially in the summers, when teaching dries up. It would also mean the world to me, money aside, to know that people are interested in what I am trying to do, and willing to support me.

Thank you for reading. :)
Tiers
essentials
$2 or more per month
  • At least one ten minute podcast per month on writing topics (in general and related to my stories). 
  • Regular progress updates on my fiction writing projects.



extra
$5 or more per month
  • One piece of fiction per month of 500 words or more, for example, a sneak peek of stories prior to publication; a journal entry  from one of my characters; a deleted scene/character study; flash fiction
  • Plus all Essentials tier rewards
bonus
$25 or more per month
  • a free copy of my novel a week before official release (mobi, pdf or epub format)
  • A monthly Q&A video
  • Plus all Essentials and Extra tier rewards
mega
$50 or more per month
  • Your name in the acknowledgements of my next novel (if you wish)
  • A free, signed hard copy of my next novel (if you provide shipping details)
  • Plus all other rewards
Goals
8 of 25 patrons
If I had 25 patrons I would be able to spend two weeks in the summer doing research for my next novel.
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Hi! I'm Helen Kenwright, and I'm a writer. I write all sorts of things, but my desire is to create stories that inspire people, entertain people and give them hope. At the moment I am doing that by writing solarpunk, queer romance and fantasy, with a dollop of humour and intrigue.

Recurrent themes in my fiction include sustainable futures, ecology and a celebration of diversity. My characters and their relationships are often queer in one way or another. And there's usually dragons.

I enjoy writing as a creative outlet and for the entertainment of readers, but I also want to help others to find their own creative voice and to improve their wellbeing. To this end I am growing a small business called the Writing Tree offering support and services to new writers, and I'm Creative Writing Lead for a project called 'Converge' at my local university, providing creative writing classes for people who have lived experience of mental ill-health. The more I do this, the more I see the benefits of creating art in terms of improved wellbeing and mental health. Not as therapy (although that can be very valuable too) but because we can all use art and learning to help us explore the meaning we find in the world around us, to entertain ourselves and our friends and to express our emotions. I see it as a fundamental part of being human, and something my own society chronically undervalues.

So, I joined Patreon to ask for support to help me find the time to write and research my own original fiction. My current projects are Moonside, a fantasy novel about a hairdresser, a photographer and the nature of home and family, and  'The Fletching Stone', which is a steampunk/solarpunk novel about an archaeologist investigating the life of an adventurer from the age of steam.  I'm also writing a series of fantasy short stories, collectively called  The Women of White Water. They are about a wise-woman, Berta, who has a particular talent for unearthing secrets that people often wish to keep hidden.

 You can read some of my work on my website.

I am English, and as such my disposition cries out against asking for help, especially of a financial nature. But I am also well aware that the realistic chances of generating income from writing are slim. Like many writers I have a 'portfolio career' of teaching and other jobs to pay the bills, none of which is lucrative or secure, especially in the summers, when teaching dries up. It would also mean the world to me, money aside, to know that people are interested in what I am trying to do, and willing to support me.

Thank you for reading. :)

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Tiers
essentials
$2 or more per month
  • At least one ten minute podcast per month on writing topics (in general and related to my stories). 
  • Regular progress updates on my fiction writing projects.



extra
$5 or more per month
  • One piece of fiction per month of 500 words or more, for example, a sneak peek of stories prior to publication; a journal entry  from one of my characters; a deleted scene/character study; flash fiction
  • Plus all Essentials tier rewards
bonus
$25 or more per month
  • a free copy of my novel a week before official release (mobi, pdf or epub format)
  • A monthly Q&A video
  • Plus all Essentials and Extra tier rewards
mega
$50 or more per month
  • Your name in the acknowledgements of my next novel (if you wish)
  • A free, signed hard copy of my next novel (if you provide shipping details)
  • Plus all other rewards