AT MATTIE’S & ONLINE
Join me on Tuesday evenings for Writers’ Hour (it’s really two hours), either in-person at Mattie’s House, Swanbourne, or online via Zoom.
We write in response to a prompt, with the opportunity to read and discuss your work afterwards.
It’s a positive and encouraging environment, designed to get the critic off your back and words on the page, as well as learn some good writing tips along the way.
Time: 6:30pm (WST) every Tuesday fortnight
Place: aternating between Mattie Furphy House, 88 Kirkland Street, Swanbourne, and online via Zoom
HOW DOES IT RUN?
You turn up with pen and paper and we write to a prompt together. This somehow kickstarts our creative brains better than when we’re at home staring at a blank page or computer screen.
You can write as fast or slowly as you want, and as little or as much as you want. Sometimes the words start slowly but pick up once a scene comes to mind.
WHO IS IT SUITABLE FOR?
Write Nights are suitable for any writer from beginner through to published author. For some, it’s the only time they get to write each week, while others are working on a longterm project. It can also help if you’re stuck—nothing like a prompt to help you through writers’ block!
It doesn’t matter which genre you write in—fiction, non-fiction, memoir—these sessions cater for all.
HOW LONG DOES IT GO FOR?
Usually about two hours, give or take.
6:35: Short Warm-up Exercise (usually related to the main exercise, but sometimes I’ll skip it and go straight to the main exercise)
6:45: Prompt and Start Writing
7:15: Finish Writing and Tea/Coffee Break
7:30: Readings and Discussion
8:30 (approximately): Finish
WHAT IF I MISS A WEEK?
These classes aren’t designed as a course, so it doesn’t matter if you miss one or even a few.
WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE PROMPT?
I usually provide a couple of prompts in the hope that at least one will appeal, but there’s no obligation to use the prompt or stick to it once you start writing. I encourage people to write whatever comes up and follow wherever the writing goes.
The prompts are different each fortnight as I try to target different writing muscles.
DO I HAVE TO READ OUT TO THE GROUP?
There’s no obligation to share your writing at all—it’s completely optional, and no one will be forced to read aloud. Bear in mind that you’re usually your own harshest critic, and it’s often a pleasant surprise how good your writing sounds when read out.
WHAT DO I BRING?
A pen and some paper to write on, or your laptop if you prefer—make sure it’s charged. For the online sessions, you just need a decent internet connection.
The aim of these sessions is to have fun, be creative, experiment and stretch yourself, and that can only be done in an encouraging space. I’m mindful that these are first drafts and completely unedited, so only positive comments and feedback are allowed.
You’ll be surprised how quickly your writing can progress with a weekly workout in an encouraging environment!
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask via the Contact page.
‘My Zoom Write Nights are evenings of creative freedom. Where the mind hasn’t got a chance to overthink the writing prompt. What eventuates is often wonderfully surprising. Some writers funnel the prompt into their current work, other times it’s completely off-the-cuff. Everyone is supportive as Louise leads us through a time that builds confidence and friendships. The understanding is that first drafts are critique-free, there’s only positive feedback and no need to read if you don’t want to. Wine or tea is possible and probable. It’s fun and such a wonderful antidote to much of what’s happening in the world.’ Christine.
Thank you again for the amazing opportunity to meet like minded individuals within the writing community. Zoom Write Nights are such a highlight allowing me to explore different sides of my personality and that of the characters I create. I like that there’s a tight time frame to scribble out some semblance of a story, which would have never existed without the given prompt or safe space to explore an idea. I see these as launching pads to many a short story.’ Carmelina