Corona update – we’re still here for you

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We want to be part of the solution.

We can’t do anything about the virus, but hopefully we can make your lockdown easier to bear. And we know you’re anxious: we want to give you something constructive to focus on.

Most importantly, we hope to give you the means to use this time to achieve something worthwhile and learn something new.

April / May

Free writing webinars extended – sign up for three more

Our free Wednesday webinars have proven so popular we’ve topped up the supply, specifically for those still under lockdown.

These webinars are aimed at improving your writing practice. We use the hour to discuss your burning questions about writing generally, specific problems, or an aspect of writing you’ve always wanted to know more about.

You can never learn everything about writing – a humbling fact we acknowledge every day. So far, our webinars have been attended both by would-be writers and experienced authors such as our own Ekow Duker and the prolific and accomplished Joanne Hichens.

As Joanne kindly commented on her Facebook post: “Thanks Jo-Anne and Richard for great Wednesday evening lockdown webinars on writing. I am clearly still learning, as we all are and do, about writing, and life, every day.”

Join us, there’s lots of space. Register for tomorrow 22 April and the next two Wednesdays. 5 pm SA time; 4pm UK time.

Community Saturday workshops

We’ve extended our two-hour virtual Saturday workshops through May, since the April get-togethers have been packed to capacity.

There’s a discount if you sign up now for all six – which also means you can be sure of a place. We take only a limited number of participants so that each person receives personal feedback.

These workshops are conducted in a spirit of fun by people who find joy in exercising their creativity without judgment. All comment is – according to our motto – honest but kind.

Many of those who attended the first have remained with us. A warm community spirit has developed and we all enjoy the human connection as much as the safe writing space.

Saturdays: 11 am SA time; 10am UK time. Sign up for the last April session here, and one, several, or all of the May sessions here.

Thirty Day Hike Through Writing Country – huge Corona discount

We have slashed the price of this self-administered writing course by 30% – because we want to give everyone the chance to build a daily writing discipline. This special offer will last till the end of April.

We firmly believe that focusing on something creative every day revives the spirits and maintains mental health.

Start any time you like, and you’ll receive an email every morning with a brief overview of a particular writing skill each day for thirty days – and a short writing exercise to consolidate your understanding. It’s a daily dose of motivation, inspiration and writing practice.

All for much less than a cup of coffee. And if you’d like feedback on your final assignment, then just add the price of a couple of slices of chocolate cake! Sign up here.

Here’s what two recent participants said of it:

“[Feedback on the final assignment] was very kind and constructive, and I’ll definitely work in the critique for another draft. I thoroughly enjoyed the course – I think it’s been a great help with my writing, and I hope to do some of the other courses too!” – Jennifer.

“Firstly, I want to thank you for … such comprehensive and meticulous feedback on my final assignment. The way you gave feedback made me feel like a genuine author receiving input that was not only constructive and helpful, but overall, it was kind. The discipline of the daily exercises for 30 days was a great incentive to just write and be creative.” – Leanne.

Creative family fun – Power of Writing

Our introductory Power of Writing Course is a four-module course suitable for older children and teenagers, as well as adults.

Develop a more creative writing style by learning the tools to enhance your writing voice. It will encourage active observational skills and introduce you to the concept of showing rather than telling.

Two for one offer available for family members doing the course together. Sign up soon – the offer lasts till the end of April. Use the coupon code POWfamily at checkout.

Develop a daily writing discipline – try our coaching programmes 

Each of our Coaching programmes will over an intensive two-week period through May – with advice and personal feedback every day.

Even if you’re back at work by then, carry your new creative sensibility into your post-Corona lifestyle. It’ll only take an hour of your day.

Focus on Scenes begins on 4 May. Any story is as strong as its scenes. We tackle ten different aspects of writing to write compelling scenes. Sign up here.

The Logic of Story, which launches 18 May, focuses on the glue which holds a story together. Each day we will look at a different aspect of writing necessary for building a story – from its characters and the structure of its scenes, to sentence formation. You can sign up here.

Or – sign up for both with a 20% discount! 

Community interaction

Please don’t forget that, if you’ve ever signed up for a course with us, and have a profile on our course platform, you have access to our extremely popular Corona Diaries, which provides the space for you to write freely and share your experiences.

As health experts are urging, this is the time to take as much care of our mental health and well-being as the physical. We can prescribe nothing more beneficial than the practice of creativity.

Keep writing and stay safe,
Jo-Anne and Team All About Writing

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