From Big Paper many plans grow. It’s been a full summer, writing, getting ready for September Writing Circles, and spending time with the kids.
I’ve set a challenge for myself to either submit writing to journals or promote my Writing Circles every Friday. So far, I’ve submitted 5 of the weeks and got my website, Spilling the Ink, in good form on 2 of the weeks. From the submissions, I am thrilled to have 3 poems forthcoming in Bitterzoet. And I got the nicest ‘not this time, but can we hold your writing to consider for a later issue’ note from a magazine I really admire. So, fingers crossed on that one! My website underwent a complete change – boy did I learn a lot of WordPress – and I opened registration for two Writing Circles this fall. Hooray for Big Paper to hold Big Plans!
We’ve camped, cycled, climbed, swum and trampolined our way through August so far. In a week, the kids and my husband are off to the US via Iceland for a family visit. And me? I’m off to Scotland for a long wished for, much dreamed about writing retreat! The subject is travel writing and I’ve been thinking about landscapes, both inner and outer for the past few months. I’m so looking forward to the chance to write and write and write…
When we get back, the academic year will be rolling forward. I’m very excited to be offering 2 writing courses starting this September through my business, Spilling the Ink. Perhaps you’d like to join me?
Here in Cambridge, I’m offering the first round of Continuing the Craft – a course for writers with a project in mind who are in search of community to help that project on to the page. I’m thrilled to report that only 2 spots remain! So, if you’re of a mind to continue your writing craft in good company on Friday mornings in Harston, check out my offering here.
And, the new development for this year is that I’m taking Spilling the Ink online! In July, I had a lovely time running an online pilot programme to work out the kinks. We found ways to connect via a video conferencing platform and write together while being miles and oceans apart. The first session of Online Spilling the Ink will start in Sept and we’ll meet on Tuesdays, 8.00-9.30 pm UK time, to write, listen, and respond. Curious? You can find out more here.
The thing about live online writing workshops, though, is that they can be scary – the newness of the people, the technology, and the blank page can feel like a triple threat. But, I’ve found that things that have the potential to be really scary also have the potential to be incredibly wonderful. It’s one of those leaps off the high dive of life. So, if you’re curious about joining me for an online writing workshop, but not yet sure about committing, I’m offering 2 free taster sessions in August for Online Spilling the Ink. Join me. I’d love to connect with you. Spaces are limited and going quickly! Information about the free taster sessions here.