About me

Hi, I’m Alex Weston. I’m a writer, book whisperer, mentor and creative writing tutor. I write as Alys West and have successfully self-published three novels. My most recent writing project is a historical romance which I’m in the process of submitting.

I’ve put this section first as I feel it’s really important that you have a connection with me and feel able to trust me with your writing. We reveal a lot of ourselves through our words and you need to feel that they’re in safe hands.

I live in the Yorkshire Wolds with my partner and a ginger cat called Wilf. When I’m not writing you’ll find me reading, lurking in book shops, walking, eating cake and going to folk gigs. I experienced a period of serious ill-health and trauma in 2012. Writing helped me through this dark period of my life and I’ve since become passionate about sharing the positive power of writing with others.

I’m an experienced creative writing tutor and workshop leader. I have a Masters degree in Creative Writing from York St John University. I teach creative writing for the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of York. I’ve also taught for Converge York and run workshops for York Archaeological Trust, York Explore, Asylum Steampunk Festival and the Romantic Novelists Association.

I’m passionate about the power of writing and firmly believe that anyone can write. I’ve witnessed people who’ve not written since childhood find their voice and start to write regularly. I’ve helped nervous early-stage writers to put words on the page and begin the novel they’ve long wanted to write.

I lead a mindful writing group which meets monthly. My interest in mindfulness has grown out of living with anxiety and recovering from the trauma of my illness. I have completed the Mindfulness Association’s Mindfulness Based Living Course from which I’ve discovered a love of meditation and to live with greater compassion for myself and others.

Green Man Words is named after one of the key elements of my first novel, Beltane. The Green Man is a powerful symbol of new life and rebirth and, since my period of illness, I’ve felt he has a lot to teach me.

If you’ve got any questions then please do get in touch. I’m always happy to have a chat on email or on the phone.