Sunday Sessions 2023

Welcome to a monthly work-out for your writing mind. A three-hour online class full of exercises, approaches, tools and techniques, inspiration, and an opportunity to ask all your burning questions. I will be aiming both to illuminate various elements of writing and to stimulate and encourage your most creative and playful self. You should leave full of ideas and with plenty of new material to develop.

My intention for these sessions is that we will limber up our writing minds, learn some new things, feel expanded, and have fun. I have designed them as the thing I would like for myself as I am, and for the me who exists in a parallel universe. Over there, I have not published five books. I have this huge desire and yearning in me to write, but I struggle with permission and perfectionism, and not knowing where to start, and getting stuck, and feeling hopeless, and what I really need – though I don’t know it – is to step out of all of that and just get writing, just start fiddling around with words on the page.

So, that is what we are going to do. The sessions work at all levels because I am designing them for both my present self and my past self. I’m also making them to be useful and enjoyable whether you want to use them to support you writing a book, or if this three-hour session is the only time you have for writing each month. I will often give optional homework and suggest ways you could build of what we’ve done in class, but this is entirely up to you. You could use these sessions as part of an accountability strategy; certainly I find that going having a regular yoga class in the diary with a teacher I like means I am much more likely to find time to do daily videos. But I want these sessions to be a treat rather than a stick. I love doing them and it give me great pleasure to be in your service for these three hours every month. I am deeply respectful of the time and attention and money you give me, and love to send you back out into the world feeling stimulated, educated, and excited about your own creative possibilities.

I can’t wait to see you there.

You can book onto individual sessions or book the whole year with a juicy discount. This isn’t a course; you can look at my six-week programme with Curtis Brown Creative if that’s what you are after. I have designed the sessions to stand alone but also to flow into each other. All booking details can be found below.

For more information you can get in touch at sundaysessions@writeitalldown.co.uk


Sunday sessions: the facts

When: January 8th, February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th, July 2nd, July 30th, September 3rd, October 1st, November 5th and December 3rd. 

Where: On Zoom – these sessions are live but if you can’t attend live we will send the recording to everyone after the session so you can catch up

What time: 2-5pm

How much: £60 / Concessions: £30


All 12 monthly sessions for the price of 9


January 8th 2023, 2-5pm


FAQs

Who is eligible for the concessionary rate?

You can self-define as being eligible for this rate as I have decided to operate on a basis of trust. I hope this model of payment should enable me both to earn my living and provide support to those who couldn’t otherwise access it.

I can’t afford the concessionary rate…

I don’t want money to be a barrier to writing and have created some pro bono places. Send me an email about yourself and why you would like to come.

Tell us more about the shape of the sessions:

The sessions will last three hours with two ten-minute comfort breaks and questions at the end, which you’ll ask through the chat box. You’ll be doing a lot of writing so come ready for that. And, even if you use your computer to write, also have some paper and a pen handy as some of the exercises work better off the keyboard.

What if I am late or I miss something?

If you arrive late or are interrupted and miss the instructions for a subsequent writing exercise, just sit tight. They usually last five minutes and I don’t want to repeat the instructions which can be lengthy as it is distracting for everyone else. You will all receive the recording afterwards so you can catch up with anything you may have missed.

Will I have to read my work out loud?

No. All your work is for you. I might ask reflections or thoughts or to share a few words every so often but this is always optional and it is perfectly possible to enjoy the class without doing it.

Are there opportunities for interaction or group discussion?

Not really. I have thought about this but have decided to go with a whole group model for these sessions. There will be a Q and A at the end, with questions asked via the chat box. If you’d like to try a smaller, interactive group then there are lots of wonderful on and offline courses at Arvon and at Curtis Brown Creative.

What is the Zoom etiquette?

I would suggest you use ‘speaker view’ so you see me. Keep yourself on mute but if you are happy to leave the camera on, then I like being able to see people. We’ll use the chat box for questions and sometimes I will ask for some contributions but otherwise I’d prefer you didn’t use it as it is distracting if people start having sub-conversations; it feels like whispering in the back of the room. I will talk about this at the start of the session so we have clarity as I know some people love it and some find it very distracting. I think we can make it work for us.

What if I have technical problems?

My assistant Grace will be there to assist. You can message her within Zoom or email her at sundaysessions@writeitalldown.co.uk

Is there a maximum number of people in each session?

No. I’ve taught large groups this way and it works really well. There is a lovely energy in the writing exercises that comes from lots of people working together. And it means I don’t have to be stingy with my pro bono places.

Anything else I can do to prepare?

I’d suggest trying to keep your mind clear before the session. Give yourself a day off the news cycle. Take some fresh air, do a bit of light exercise if that’s your thing, allow your mind to gently mull over your writing and then come ready to focus on yourself.

Do I have to do all the sessions?

You can do any of them or all of them. I have designed them so that people who do the full year will have a satisfying experience with an overall ark, but you can also dip in and out.

Will you be recording the sessions?

Yes and we will send the recording to everyone after the session. So if you can’t attend live you can catch up with the material or catch up with any bits you may have missed. If you would like to purchase a recording from a past session, you can do so here.

Can I do it if I am doing/have done one of your other courses?

Yes, I’ve designed them to accompany rather than replace. If you’ve done a course with me and miss me or having a routine and structure, this will give you a monthly injection of momentum.

Won’t it be repetitive?

Well, maybe. I think with writing we tend to need to circle and recircle the same things. Some sessions may cover things I’ve taught elsewhere but I am not reading out lecture notes and my teaching is organic and develops as I learn. I know that I would hugely benefit if I could experience these sessions as a participant as I often revisit these themes many times during a project and then start from scratch with my next project.

What if I am a complete beginner?

Yes, they are for all levels. Though you might also want to look at my CBC six week course if you haven’t done it yet as I’m very proud of that and have had lots of great feedback.

Can I do it anonymously?

Yes, of course. Everyone deserves a private space to engage. You can change the name on your zoom box and I won’t call attention to your presence.

Does the price include VAT?

Yes, it does so if you are VAT registered you may be able to claim it back.

I am buying it as a gift. What do I have to do?

Proceed as if you were buying it for yourself and then drop us an email with the name and email address of the recipient and we will send you a gift email.

Will you offer other courses in the future?

Yes, I hope that this will be the start of something and you will inspire me to create more courses and experiences.

I would love to come on a retreat with you in Cornwall…

I know, and I’ve got lots of ideas. In the meantime, Arvon and Moniack Mhor have beautiful centres and run courses and tutored retreats.

Where else are you teaching?

Here is the link to everything coming up

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