I hope you are WONDER-FULL :) and here is my first 2020 newsletter:
I'm off to give a reading and workshop in Tallinn next week! and though they are hosting me for some of the nights there are no fees. Therefore I am raising money to help me with the travel and other accommodation costs that I have already had to outlay - I have spent £525 which consists of £135 on airfare, £95 on train fare, £75 on Stansted Hotel and £220 on accommodation that is not covered by the venue in Tallinn.
I have made a crowdfunder to and now only have £90 to raise! I have already received £435 towards the set goal; thank you Melissa, Jude, Shannon, Alban, Suzie, Zeyad and four other anonymous donors (the page only says £305 has been raised as two people gave me their donations by other means).
I approached several arts organisations but their deadlines had gone or they said there were no funds available.
Please help with ANY amount as it all helps me get out of the red. Link here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6k652k0
ANY size donation is helpful and I will also give the following:
Apart from donations I would be very grateful if you could share my link where possible (if you can think of anywhere) so that I further my reach outside of my own networks.
Individual Editing and Mentoring Services are available by appointment. You can read about the process here: https://www.freewriterscentre.com/editing.html So get in touch if you want to check my availability. I've just finished interim work via email on an action thriller novel with a Humanitarian NGO worker as the heroine and I'm soon to resume work with a local writer and her book (plot is under wraps for now!). It's always inspiring and an honour to work with upcoming writers.
New course to come soon! – exploring the theme of distorted reflections and doppelgängers and using extracts from Murakami, Dostoyevsky and Alfred de Musset.
And lastly - I've finally joined LinkedIn! :) Please do add me: https://www.linkedin.com/in/free-writers-centre-77222319a/
Bye for now, Linda
Please help me raise £500 to #travel to #Tallinn for a #writingworkshop & #reading in January 2020. All amounts help! Click on the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/6k652k0 to read the #Gofundme campaign and please share it widely with others. Many thanks! 🙏
Here we are at the beginning of December and heading to the end of 2019 and the start of a new decade! Will we all see better in 2020?
That answer is unknown but what I can tell you is that from today through to 1st January 2020 I am offering you all a whopping £25 off all shown prices on any Creative Writing course from the Online Shop! Great for you or as a gift.
Go here: https://www.freewriterscentre.org/online-courses.html and after choosing your course apply this code at checkout: WordUp
All best, Linda
Feeling proud and happy! Today I received the first print run of the book I have been responsible for as Publishing arm for Hypatia Publications! Yay! #civilrights #womenshistory #smallpress
There will be a proper launch campaign via Hypatia Trust in due course! Today is just my personal happy place post :)
Yesterday's workshop 'Death of the Idea, Death of Self' was a real success full of dynamic interaction, dedicated learning, great writing and inspiration.
I love designing new workshops and courses and, even better, implementing them to such positive effect.
For many of you who may be wondering what we actually explored in the workshop - take a look at the poster within the photos for the brief but added to that after exploring situations where death of any kind/limitation/block can arise the writers began writing character study, key scene summary, pivotal points in the trajectory, key locations and sample dialogue. They produced a lot of valuable work!
Due to the success of this workshop I will be offering it again elsewhere :)
All the leaves are brown.. Well not all! Writing is evergreen so please read on for the upcoming delights!
As well as reading here please look at the other pages on my website where you can read about the upcoming news on the Live Courses & Events tab and also take a look at the Online Courses which are available, all six of them, via the online shop which means a protected payment at the touch of a button and immediate download of your chosen course.
If you're on Facebook be sure to get yourself ticking the Like on my new page there: https://www.facebook.com/freewriterscentre/
It couldn't be easier to #GetYourWriteOn!
Death of the Idea, Death of Self
A one off two hour workshop at Mudita House, Penzance, Cornwall as part of The Little Death Festival. All details on the poster.
Book now with a payment of £15 (and no processing fee) via: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/death-of-the-idea-death-of-self-tickets-77622522053 or contact me for other options. Pre-booking essential.
THEN WE HAVE:
Dreams & Writing Course
Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9pm - 6th to 27th November
This intensive 4 session Creative Writing course looks at how to use the alchemy of our own dream tapestry to weave into our creative writing. We can use our dreams to work on theme, characters and archetypes, dramatic structure and plot. We also look at how Jung dealt with dreams and drama and Dreamtime totems and the dreaming of landscape.
Each week we will look at a different subject whilst continuing to learn various techniques and
methods through exercises and grammar play.
Week 1: Focus is on The Dreamtime and You
Week 2: Focus is on Dream Characters
Week 3: Focus is on Living With A Dream
Week 4: Focus is on a Love Letter to the Landscape
Watch this short intro video
And though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that
will eventually startle us back to the Truth of who we are.
Hypatia House, Penzance
Side entrance (on Custom House Lane) of the Regent Basement, Chapel Street, Penzance TR18 4AE
Wednesdays 6.30pm to 9pm
6th to 27th November
How Do I Book?
Payment £80 if you secure your place in advance (discounted - usual price £100).
Via Eventbrite with no payment process fee! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/75832305467
Writer's Mentoring - 1 hour sessions available
And! I'm really chuffed that Airbnb have added my latest service Writer's Mentoring - 1 hour sessions available through the week, most weeks! to their Experiences. It's available throughout the week most weeks and if you wish to have a different time or day just ask! Otherwise book via the link: www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences/1233844?s=67&shared_item_type=2&virality_entry_point=2&sharer_id=190604581
I am offering a new service and you can read all about it in the dedicated blog: https://letterwriteruk.blogspot.com and also see the screenshot below. Get in touch with me about any emails or letters you would like help with!
'Beyond my expectations - do not skip this workshop! Linda is a wonderful, patient and sensitive teacher. The facility was perfect. Linda, thank you SO much for a wonderful, informative, and eye-opening time. My goodness how quickly two hours passes! I learned so much, and you make me feel welcome and comfortable. I am inspired to continue writing, thank you!'
That is my latest review, written by a client yesterday 14/9/2019 who attended the two hour Mindfulness & Creative Writing Workshop I run via Airbnb Experiences 🤗 You can read all the Experiences reviews here:
and my many testimonials on this website here: www.freewriterscentre.org/testimonials.html
It is such an honour to work with so many writers and be in the arena of creativity. Come join me there and download any of my Online Courses www.freewriterscentre.org/online-courses.html or attend one of my live courses or workshops!
£20 OFF the Advanced Creative Writing Course for one week. Offer ends 15/9/19.
Use coupon code: 'writenow' (without the inverted commas) at checkout! https://www.freewriterscentre.org/store/p3/Advanced_Creative_Writing_Course.html
#creativewriting #onlinestore #onlineshop #writers #writing
At the end of my last blog I said: 'Next time I'm going to try out making a Youtube 'reactions' video – in the first case it will be my reaction to Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood which I saw in Bristol a few days ago and LOVED his re-imagining of the Sharon Tate case.' Well here it is! youtu.be/74eAQdtF2p0
I love the power of reimagined stories. For instance (spoiler alert) the way that Tarantino handled the terrifying denouement of the Sharon Tate case was quite a stroke of beauty and genius combined. By shifting who the victims of the case were and by keeping Sharon alive it handed over a feeling of peace to her soul, allowing her to live on brightly.
I look at the subject of reimagining (contemporising myth and story) in my 10 hour Advanced Creative Writing Course – available for immediate download here: https://www.freewriterscentre.org/store/p3/Advanced_Creative_Writing_Course.html
The focus of the four sessions (making up the 10 hours) goes like this:
Week 1: Contemporising myth, finding the personal links to given stories; looking at the existing plots and motifs in such stories and mimicking/re-writing them. Also looking at, discussing and using Cavafy's Ithaca.
Week 2: Symbolism and surrealism in writing.
Week 3: Review and critique: how to write non fiction creatively.
Week 4: Write your own Creation Myth. Looking at the 5 given plots of worldwide creation myths
and writing your own birth of a new world.
You can read more about the structure of the course and watch an intro video via the link above and then just press Add to Cart!
I can promise you you will get a lot out of the course and I also encourage you to take a look at the other courses on offer: https://www.freewriterscentre.org/online-courses.html and read testimonials from many clients: https://www.freewriterscentre.org/testimonials.html
Invest in your creativity and make your writing a reality!
Hi, I am Linda Cleary. I will be keeping you up to date with all News & Events here on the blog!