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Writing mornings

Start your week as you mean to go on, with a focused morning of writing, including two timed sessions supported by planning and review, with a phone-free break in the middle.

Monday mornings of Michaelmas Term 2020, weeks 1, 3, 5, and 7, 08:30 to 12:00 BST

Week 3 (26 October): starting something new (bring with you a new writing project big or small to get started on in the company of others doing the same)

Week 5 (9 November): body awareness (including guided sequences before and between the writing sessions, plus prompts to practise a few simple techniques at intervals while you write, all designed to keep your body happier through the sitting)

Week 7 (23 November): no theme, just come and write

Writing afternoons

Sustain writing momentum through your Monday afternoon with two prepped, planned, timed, and reviewed writing sessions in the company of your peers.

Monday afternoons of Michaelmas Term 2020, weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8, 14:00 to 17:30 BST

Week 2 (19 October): no theme, just come and write

Week 4 (2 November): writing partners’ afternoon (agree with your partner to both sign up, for a chance to reflect on this term’s partnership so far and explore options for enhancing it)

Week 6 (16 November): writing by hand (get away from the screen for a while and see what else changes with a return to pen and paper for the two timed sessions)

Week 8 (30 November): no theme, just come and write

Zooming out on your writing practice: What, why, how

A chance to rethink your writing practice from the ground up, mapping out what you’re doing and how to make good decisions for the future; what your reasons are for writing what you do, and how to make sure your activity is aligned with them; and a deep dive into habit formation as applied to your writing. Also includes timed writing sessions with the group.

Friday 30 October and Friday 6 November, 09:00 to 13:00 BST

Writing sprint

Bring a writing project to completion (defined as sending it to someone else) with a week’s high-intensity writing supported by three group meetings. The meetings provide in-depth guidance, and peer support is established between meetings, to help you finish your chosen project by the end of the working day on Friday.

Monday 16 (08:30 to 12:30), Wednesday 18 (14:00 to 17:00), and Friday 20 (14:00 to 17:00) November

Thanks to Katherine Fender (DPhil in English Literature, St John’s, 2012 to 2016) for the image.

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