It seems like a world ago now, but at the beginning of the year I ran a course called January Write! which involved particpants receiving a writing exercise every day. It went really well, and this summer I’m running a variation called Summer Write!
These are strange times and people’s energies are being stretched in new ways, so this time it’s going to be a bit less intense. I will send exercises twice a week rather than every day, but the course will be longer, running from the end of June through to the end of August.
Summer Write! is open to writers of all abilities and experience, including absolute beginners. You will receive an email every Monday and Friday which will include a writing prompt, as well as notes and links to examples of fiction, creative non-fiction or poetry. The writing exercises will be small and manageable, some only five minutes and none more than half an hour.
The course starts on 26th June and finishes on 28th August. There will be a closed facebook group where you can chat with other group members and share your work if you want to, though there is no obligation to do that. I will hold a writing surgery once a week on Zoom where you can ask about things that have arisen during your week of writing.
How the Course Works
Every Monday and Friday you will receive an email with that day’s writing task, as well as notes on the task and links to relevant examples. You can complete the course on your own by working through these exercises if you wish, and there is no pressure to share your work. However, if you would like to interact with your fellow course members, there will be a closed facebook group where you can chat, share writing experiences and also share work if you want to. I will hold a surgery on Zoom once a week for one hour where you can ask specific questions about your writing, and I will also drop into the facebook group regularly. The facebook group will be moderated by myself, and group members will be expected to be supportive, constructive and encouraging.
Who is the course aimed at?
The course is aimed at anyone who would like to establish a creative writing practice. It might be the first time you have ever tried writing creatively, or you may have experience but would like some writing support through these challenging times. During the course you will have a go at writing fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. The exercises are all short so the course can be fitted into a busy life.
The course costs £45, or £25 for those on low income. Please decide for yourself which of these payment options is relevant for you.
To book a place
Go to PayPal and make the relevant payment to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please add a note giving the email address you will be using for the course. (If you don’t use PayPal please email me at the address above and we can make other arrangements).
I will email you confirming your place and sending you further information.