Coming soon

Here is the Sunday Writer schedule for the next three months:

  • Sunday 4th February 2018 – Draft Zero
  • Sunday 25th February – Draft One
  • Sunday 18 March – Draft Zero
  • Sunday 15 April – Draft Two
  • Sunday 22 April – Pitching and producing: factual articles and short stories

The three Draft workshops together will show you how to get a lot of words down on paper (Draft Zero), how to structure and edit your long manuscript ready to show trusted readers (Draft One) and how to use feedback to edit your manuscript and prepare it for submission (Draft Two).

Each one day workshop costs £45 inclusive.  A package deal of Draft Zero, Draft One and Draft Two costs £120 if booked together – contact sundaywriter@pobox.com to reserve your place or click here to buy tickets for the Draft Zero workshop on February 4th.

 

Writing workshop in February

“I always wish for a cafe of just writers and no annoying people” (K Tempest Bradford)

Now that wish can come true: on Sunday 4th February Sundaywriter is taking over the Nest coffee shop in Crosspool.  Come and spend a day writing in a coffee shop where there’s the same background buzz you get from writing in public, but everyone else is a writer too.  No annoying people, and drinks and snacks on tap.

The workshop is called Draft Zero.  Why Draft Zero?  Because it will be all about the tricks we sometimes have to play on our subconscious in order to get the words down on paper.  The best writing advice I ever received was “Don’t think about it as ‘writing’, think about it as ‘doing a bit of typing'”.  We will be doing a LOT of “bits of typing” over the course of the day, so bring your laptop, but we will be doing other writing exercises too – bring your favourite pen.

Draft Zero is the draft you write before you want anyone else to see what you’ve written, the one where you’re just trying out your typing fingers, wondering whether any human being can actually write 80,000 words.  The draft that will turn out to be a random collection of scenes that you will need to rearrange and fix up – but later, when you write Draft One.

We will be doing writing exercises regularly throughout the day, with free writing and coffee drinking time in between.  You can arrive and leave when you like, and of course the writing exercises aren’t like school exercises – you can join in if they sound helpful, or carry on with your own writing if that seems to you like a better use of your time.

Tickets are £45 all inclusive and can be bought from eventbrite or you can email sundaywriter@pobox.com to arrange paypal or other payment methods.

Bookmark or follow this page for details of other workshops later in the year – look out for Draft One, in March!

 

Sunday writing class

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be running a Sunday writing class “Draft Zero” next month. It will be on Sunday 4th February at the Nest coffee shop (20 Sandygate Road Sheffield S10 5NH)

The day will consist of writing exercises (bring your laptop and your favourite pen!) interspersed with free writing time in a small friendly coffee shop (otherwise closed to the public for the day). There will be coffee and snacks on tap and included in the price.

Tickets are available here, or contact me on sundaywriter@pobox.com for further details.

 

Sunday Writer

Hi. My name is Wendy Bradley and I’m a writer… and it took me several years of therapy to be able to write that. But why should it be such a big step to call yourself “a writer”? Does the thought of it make you clench your neck muscles and your voice come out strange? I think I can help you with that!

I’ve been developing ways of tricking my subconscious out of that mindset. You know, that one where you go: “ooh, I’m Writing! No, not that word. No, not that one either. No, none of those words are any good. No, you need to write a perfect first sentence before you write a second sentence. No that’s not perfect either. No. Nope. No.” Recognise the feeling?

Well be a Sunday Writer instead. Sunday writers just do a bit of typing, odds and ends, when they feel like it. Sunday Writers can write a bad sentence and still feel proud that they’ve written a baaaaaad sentence – at least it has words, some of them in the right order! Sunday Writers get words down: we can fix them later if we have to.