“When you’re drowning you don’t think, I would be incredibly pleased if someone would notice I’m drowning and come and rescue me. You just scream.”
This is the essence of our eight week journey – cutting through the expectations of the mind and finding the direct route to your own true voice. It’s less about how it sounds and more about how it feels, because that’s how your readers connect with you. It doesn’t matter what you want to write, it’s going to be another human being reading it. Engaging emotionally, with humour, pathos, or spine chilling fear, is far more compelling than speaking to the intellect.
So you’ll be diving deep into your life and beliefs and learning to let go of what’s no longer relevant to who you are now. Coming to a clearer understanding of what makes you individual is crucial to finding your own voice and how you want to express it. We all see, hear, and observe uniquely, no two individuals would tell a story the same way.
Alongside this inner work you’ll be practising the craft of writing, and the course will be tailored specifically to the skills it would best serve you to develop. We may cover structure, flow, grammar, organising your material, establishing characters, plotting a story line, dialogue and for everyone, the art of editing. There’s no pressure to get it right, it’s all learning. We’re aiming for a true and heartfelt reflection of you coupled with a deeper understanding of writing skills. And from that place you can focus with greater clarity and confidence on your way ahead as a writer of whatever kind.
What to expect from me
I teach from over thirty years of experience in writing, and also with intuition and insight. So I can focus on the areas where you need help and support in the way you use and choose words, and also in self expression. I can read between the lines what’s you and what’s not, and help you to recognise it too.
Assignments – each week you’ll have tasks to complete, some of them writing around 500 words, and some of them requiring you to look within and get to know yourself. One written exercise will be returned to me, and you’ll keep a journal that records your findings as you complete the other tasks..
Skype – Once a week we’ll meet on Skype and review what you’ve achieved and I’ll listen to how you feel about your progress and guide you forward. I’ll also send you feedback on your written work and useful further resources. As the weeks progress we’ll look back to previous tasks and see how each is building on the one before.
On average there will be about three to four hours work a week that needs your dedicated time and attention, and if you can give it more, all the better. You can email me at any time for additional support during the week.
Your commitment to yourself
To find the best in yourself and your writing needs an open mind, and the honesty to let go of old beliefs that no longer reflect the truth of who you are. It takes courage to be vulnerable, but this is a safe and private space in which to practice true self expression.
Keeping your journal is important. All the exercises are equally rewarding as they lead to deeper understanding and awareness, the foundations for your writing. It doesn’t matter what your ambitions are, to write fiction or fact, as your confidence grows so does the joy of writing.