So much good stuff online
This lockdown has made such a massive difference to the way I do business and the way I reach out to my 'tribe'. If you are reading this now, then yes, that's you!
If it hadn't been for Lockdown I'd never have started my regular In Conversation chats with my favourite wise folk and wordsmiths. You do know that I've spoken to Amanda Graham about the healing power of journalling, to Anne Rainbow about editing your work and creating compelling story arcs, to Tom Evans about combatting writer's block and, next week it's how to get started as a poet with Anthony Anaxagorou. I record them all and put them on my website for you to watch at your leisure. But, if you can make it to a session when it is broadcast live you get your chance to ask questions about the things that matter to you. Don't miss out. Please keep an eye on my Virtual Events page.
Then, every Friday at 5 there's the fun, informal and very friendly Speedwrite Live sessions. Someone picks a topic and we all write for ten minutes and then share with the group. With attendees coming from Mexico, Washington DC, Switzerland, London and other parts of the world it's just a lot of fun. It doesn't matter whether you are a good writer or not. Age is not a barrier either, three of our regulars are over 80 and one of them is my own mum! For most it's the highlight of their week. Register for free via my Virtual Events page.
By the time you read this I'll have run more than 12 sessions so far. Once every two weeks for two hours you'll meet with the same group of people, who, so far have come from as far away as Melbourne, Australia, Seoul, Penang, Washington and Rwanda, and there's a bit of learning, two writing exercises and lots of sharing. The goal? To help writers find their voice and grow in confidence. The Wednesday sessions are full but there are places on a Tuesday still available from 3-5pm CET. Same deal, go see my Virtual Events page. This one isn't free, but is great value for money.
"Powerful, enjoyable and transformative," is how Jeremy describes his experience.
Life Story Jar Webinars
Want to stay motivated as you write your family stories down to ensure they are not forgotten? These monthly sessions are £20 and will kick start the process you have promised yourself you'd do for years but never got round too. Yes, you guessed it – sign up via Virtual Events.
SPICE up your life stories
At last I'm taking my popular, effective, 3-hour practical workshop online. Come and learn how to write compelling accounts of your real life experiences so you can use them in novels, short stories, memoir and non-fiction. See what Mel said when she did the course a while back. So, I'll be running this online on Tuesday 28th July from 2-5pm Central European Time. Cost £30. Register via Virtual Events, of course.
Jo Parfitt's Monthly Inspirer