Continuing the Craft

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Continuing the Craft is a Writing Circle is for writers who want to strengthen existing works and deepen their writing practice.  Writers will work primarily on individual projects, but we’ll also take time to listen and respond to each other. Participants will have the option of booking one-to-one conferences for more in-depth feedback. This course is ideal for a writer with a small project in mind who feels that the support and structure of a writing community will provide motivation to keep the ink flowing.

About Continuing the Craft

One of the main goals of Continuing the Craft is to hold a dedicated time and space for the community of writers who participate. I've found that more than anything, writers are thirsty for time to write as well as for feedback that acknowledges and respects both the development of the work and the writer's intentions. Continuing the Craft is designed to nourish writers and writing with a two-fold approach: ring-fenced writing time and in-depth response sessions.

An overview of the course is as follows:
  • Initial Meeting - Writers will set intentions and individual goals. Each writer should come with at least 2 small writing projects in mind.  Examples of projects could be a short story, a few blog posts or articles, 3-5 poems, a small collection of flash fiction pieces, a personal essay or a memoir excerpt.
  • Interim Meetings - These are the heart and lungs of the programme, focusing on writing and responding in a two-fold manner:
    • Ring-fenced, quiet writing time: During this time, participants will be working on their projects.  There may be some individualised prompts or feedback from me to get the ink flowing each week, but the primary intention is to hold this space for each writer to dive deep and write without interruption.
    • In-depth responding: Each week we will explore different methods of response. I believe that effective responses must always be encouraging and respectful of the writer's intentions. However, different kinds of response are appropriate at different stages in the creative process. Our responses will vary from witnessing , to asking questions, to fine-tuning.  My aim is to nurture thoughtful responses which enable a piece of writing to become a conversation between reader and writer.
  • Final Session - Writing Celebration!  We celebrate because it is important to see what we have learned and acknowledge how we have grown. We celebrate because creating, even when difficult or painful, is joyful act.
  • One-to-one conferences - Participants in Continuing the Craft will have the option of scheduling individualised writing conferences for more specific feedback on particular pieces or an opportunity to discuss their writing practice in general.
  • Circumference - Participants will also be invited to include a piece of their writing in an online group anthology, Circumference III, to be published later in 2016. Curious to see what has been written in other Writing Circles?  Have a look at our previous anthologies, Circumference I (Autumn 2015), and Circumference II (Spring/Summer 2015).
  • Other questions? - Check out the FAQs for common queries about Writing Circles in general.

Course Fee

  • £150.00. Full payment is required to confirm your registration, which includes a 25% non-refundable deposit. After the first session, if you feel that the programme is not a good match for you, you may request a refund minus the deposit.
  • Partial bursaries available, please inquire.

Registration

I keep my Writing Circles small so we get a genuine sense of each others' voices and intentions. Continuing the Craft will be limited to 8 participants. This also allows me to spend time focusing on substantial feedback for each writer. If you're looking for a writing course that raises the bar in terms of expectation, commitment, and growth, Continuing the Craft is for you!  Register early to avoid disappointment, as spaces are limited.

The next session of Continuing the Craft will start January, 2017.

Registration will open in December 2016.  Sign up for my newsletter to an notification of when registration opens and a discount code!