What’s it all about?
The core of the programme is a partner matching service to give you someone to write alongside, separately but together. It’s amazing how much difference this can make to how your writing feels and how likely it is to get scheduled.
How do I get started?
Click the “Join here” link above to register for the next orientation session. Once you’ve booked a place you’ll receive a link to our baseline survey to tell us about your writing and wider working habits and register your writing partner preferences. If you can’t make the session, don’t worry, sign up anyway and then just let us know you can’t attend but would still like to be matched with a partner.
Meanwhile, feel free to check the events listings below and the save the date for any that appeal!
Use the middle of the day effectively, with a warm-up writing activity and a timed writing session before lunch and a second timed session after, both preceded by planning and review. 11:30 to 15:00.
Week 1: Friday 30 April
Week 3: Monday 10 May
Week 5: Friday 28 May
Week 7: Monday 7 June
Editing and cutting down
If you struggle to cut words or write concisely, this 2-part hands-on course with expert abridger Sara Davies will give you the tools to do so with confidence. Includes an introduction to the key principles of editing and abridging, and opportunities to apply them to someone else’s writing and your own.
Weeks 2 and 4: Tuesday 4 May (09:30 to 12:30) and Monday 17 May (09:30 to 12:30)
Bring a writing project to completion (you define finished, but it has to involve sending it to someone else) with a week’s high-intensity writing supported by three group meetings and planned contact with an event partner. The meetings provide in-depth guidance and a tailored shared spreadsheet template to help you finish your chosen project and send it to your nominated recipient by the end of the working day on Friday.
Week 8: Monday 14 (09:00 to 13:00), Wednesday 16 (14:00 to 17:00), and Friday 18 (14:00 to 17:00) June
A chance to try writing in a relaxed low-stakes setting at the end of the working week. Just bring along a drink (alcoholic or otherwise) and something you want to write (a new project to make a rough start on can work particularly well). Includes two timed sessions; feel free to join for one (from 5 or from 6) or both. No need to book; the Zoom link will be circulated to programme participants. 17:00 to 19:00.
Week 2: Friday 7 May
Week 4: Friday 21 May
An ultra-brief writing burst to start your morning with focus and purpose before you get on with the rest of your day. No need to book; the Zoom link will be circulated to programme participants. 08:30 to 09:30.
Week 3: Wednesday 12 May
I don’t know how I would be able to do my research and writing from another country and without access to libraries and study spaces, including cafes, over the past 9 months without the Baille Gifford Writing Program. There have been some huge writing challenges for me from the start of Covid to the present and the best way through them was to keep up my writing partnerships.
Structuring one’s writing can counterintuitively set it free!
Thanks to Katherine Fender (DPhil in English Literature, St John’s, 2012 to 2016) for the image.