Sunday Sessions

Write It All Down

Sunday Sessions

with Cathy Rentzenbrink

Welcome to my Sunday Sessions. From January through to April I hope to cheer us through the winter with a monthly injection of creativity, energy and enthusiasm. Each online session will have a specific focus – see below – but will also include exercises that are off-topic and that will surprise us into creating something new. I will be aiming both to illuminate various elements of memoir 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 learn a lot and feel expanded and have fun.

You can book onto individual sessions or book the whole series. 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. You could use them as part of an accountability strategy. We’ll explore more about accountability in the first session.

All booking details can be found below.

I can’t wait to see you there.

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


Sunday sessions: the facts

When: February 6th, March 6th, April 3rd

Where: On Zoom

What time: 2-5pm

How much: £60/Concession: £30


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. Send me an email about yourself and why you would like to come and I will see what I can do.

Tell us more about the shape of the sessions:

The sessions will last three hours with two ten-minute comfort breaks and a generous allowance for 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.

Will I have to read my work out loud?

No. All your work is for you.

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 I’ve a three month course with CBC coming up, or there are lots of wonderful on and offline courses at Arvon.

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.

Do I have to do all the sessions?

Not at all. They are all stand alone. You can do any of them or all of them.

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 before 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 lectures 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 student 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?

Lots of published writers ask me this! 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…

I know, and I’d love to host one but I’m just too nervous about it re Covid. Arvon have beautiful centres and run tutored retreats…

Where else are you teaching?

Here is the link to everything coming up

Do you do one-on-one mentoring?

Yes, I have a limited capacity. Email me for more details


Sunday 6th February 2022

Freedom

This session goes deep into the emotional elements of writing, which for me is where most of the action is. I like to say that my writing is 95% self-doubt management which sounds like a joke but is largely true. If you want to write but can’t, or spend more time in fear than in joy, or let your mind continually run on all the reasons why you shouldn’t write, or just have a sense of being weighed down and not understanding why, then this is for you.

What blocks us?

What can we do about it?

How to give your inner critic the slip

Dealing with the ‘what ifs’

The mouse and cheese

How to do it anyway


Sunday March 6th 2022

Memoirland

This session explores the rules of Memoirland and how they differ from real life. This session is practical will help you if you are unable to make a start because you have too many unanswered questions, or if you keep getting bogged down in events and are struggling with questions about how to deal with real people and what to leave in and keep out. I’m going to cover here all the technical things I needed to learn to stop getting stuck. You should end the session feeling much clearer about how to manage your material.

How memoirs differ from real life

Literal and emotional truth

You are not on duty

Legal, legal, legal

Icebergs

Crowd control


Sunday 3rd April 2022

Structure

Structure can be a frightening word. I’ve worked with so many people who get stuck because they are waiting to work out a perfect structure. In this session we will explore potential memoir shape with an emphasis on finding something that provides a helpful framework for the writing, rather than restricts and limits. I hope you will leave this session with a working structure for your memoir.

The container

The skewer

From bin to journey

Clarity and confusion

Rose bushes and wisteria

The washing line game