Autumn 2016 - Writing Circles

  Writing Circles are returning Autumn 2016!  There will be two offerings:  Continuing the Craft and Spilling the Ink (Online).  For more details, see the descriptions below:

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Continuing the Craft is a new course, designed to support writers with works already in progress or nascent projects that need a jumpstart and a nurturing environment.  We will meet weekly at Harston Village Hall on Friday mornings, 9.30 am - 12.00 pm, 16 Sept - 25 Nov (no session on 28 Oct). Features of the course include:
    • Ring-fenced writing time
    • Different methods of response each week
    • Writing Celebration at the end
    • Small group size
    • Fee: £175 for the 10-week course



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Spilling the Ink is the original Writing Circle, a playful foray into various forms of writing, designed to get ideas flowing, pens moving, and ink spilt! This autumn, we are taking Spilling the Ink online.  We will meet and write together online via Zoom (a free video conferencing platform),Tuesdays, 8.00-9.30 pm, GMT, 13 Sept - 18 Oct (times tbc closer to the start date). Features include:
    • Activities and short prompts to initiate writing
    • On-line, real time writing sessions
    • Snail mail care packages for writers
    • Small group size, because monster online courses feel lonely, but little ones can create wonderful worlds
    • Fee: £100 for the 6-week course


Registration for both circles will open in August. Sign up here if you want a little nudge when registration opens and a discount coupon. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on developments and details.  I hope you've found time to write this past year and I look forward to writing with you once more!

29 July - Last day to get discount codes

cropped-dsc06653.jpg It's all a'flurry today behind the scenes here, as I get everything ready to open registration for the Autumn Writing Circles.

Curious onlookers and eager writers: If you haven't already done so, hop over to my early notification list to get yourself a discount code for when registration opens.  I'm trying out discount codes instead of early bird rates, so if you want a bit of a reduction in course fees, get on the list now.  I won't be issuing discount codes once registration opens.


Autumn 2015 Writing Circles


I'm so pleased to announce that I will be running two Writing Circles starting in October 2015.  They are in different locations and have slightly different emphases.  Each circle will meet weekly for 8 weeks and both will end with a writing celebration.  Read more about each below.

  • Spilling the Ink - This Writing Circle is a starting point, as we can't write anything without spilling some ink first. The course offers a playful outlet for letting our creative cats out of the bag. Each session we'll explore different ways to jumpstart writing, dip into different genres and try our hand at responding.  Suitable for writers of all levels.  THURSDAYS, 19.30-21.30, Harston Village Hall, 1 Oct - 26 Nov (no session 29 Oct). Limited to 8 participants. Fee: £150
  • Continuing the Craft - This 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. FRIDAYS 9.30 - 12.00, Harlton Village Hall, 2 Oct - 27 Nov (no session 30 Oct). Limited to 6 participants. Fee: £150

More details on each of the courses to come.  Watch this space!

Registration to open in late July.  Sign up here for early notification and a discount code.


It's live! It's live! The first anthology of writings from my Writing Circle groups! You are all invited to have a wander around the circle and see what you find. I'm so proud of what we did as we came together to create community and write this autumn. Click here to read Circumference.

Update:  The Harston Writing CIrcle is filling!  Only 2 spots remain.  If you like what you read over in Circumference and want to join, register soon.  AND, if you and a friend take the last two spots, you can get the buddy discount and each pay only £90 (a savings of £15). 

Writing Prompt Advent Calendar

This morning we turned the calendar page to December, the final month of the year.  December is a month full of traditions, festivals, and symbolism.  One tradition I especially like is the advent calendar:  children open a small window or look in a little pocket each day to uncover a picture, small toy or sweet.  Advent calendars make the days until Christmas seem to go just a tiny bit faster for a small child.

This year on my personal blog, onetreebohemia, you are invited to participate in a writing prompt advent calendar.  Starting on December 1st and continuing through the 24th, each morning I will post a short prompt. During the day, I plan to find five minutes or so to scribble down the ideas, images, questions, and words inspired by the prompt.

Come play!  Join me to read, write, and reflect.  Claim space for a moment of contemplation.   Open the advent calendar door to find what lies behind.  And then, put pen to paper and see what arrives.

After five minutes, maybe we put our notebooks away and carry on with a busy day, or maybe we decide to continue writing for a longer period of time.  Or maybe the five minutes passes in a daydream whose phantoms come and go for the rest of the day.  It doesn’t matter.  It’s impossible to do this wrong.  What matters is that we show up and write.

Later in the day, I’ll meet you in the comments, sharing a few thoughts from that day’s question.   My hope is that you will bring your bounty to the table as well  – perhaps a line or two of writing, a realization, an image, a link to a piece of your own .  Your presence, whether you choose to share overtly or attend quietly, is felt and appreciated.  You are welcome here.  Come every day, once a week, or in fits and spurts.  If you find a prompt from a previous day that whispers to you more insistently, write on that one.  I'm still here.  The moment hasn't passed.

The door is open, a candle lit, the kettle ready.

Welcome to my winter forest. The first prompt is here.