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New: Writing Lunch Sessions On Zoom

April 9th, 2021

Well, despite the weather being a bit colder than we’d have liked, Easter was brilliant! Plenty of walking, plenty of gardening and just a bit of socialising. (Sorry, did I forget to mention plenty of chocolate?) And I think it’s true to say that it has made me feel a bit more optimistic about the next few months. I’ve stopped longing for overseas holidays and have settled for looking at B & Bs in Dorset (if there are any un-booked ones left).

I’m a keen gardener and there’s nothing I love more than visiting well-known gardens or stately homes to get deas. All that has been on hold, but as things start to re-open it reminded me of the ID card that you get if you’re a member of the Association of Freelance Writers. This can open many doors for you including: free admission to events, entrance to ‘closed’ events, help to reach the people you want to see and access places you want to go.

But there’s more for your £24.99 annual fee than that. You can get 50% off your first year’s subscription to Writing Magazine (the UK’s biggest – and in my opinion, best – writing magazine). There is reduced entry to all our annual competitions; a 10% discount off our Review and Appraisal Service and you’re also entitled to a free appraisal of up to 2000 words (fiction or non-fiction) or 120 lines of poetry.

And the benefits don’t stop there. Members are entitled to a free online course of their choice worth £149: Effective Time Management (including a section on de-cluttering); Report Writing (ideal if you’re polishing your CV); Writing Memoirs and Family Histories (the story of your life under lockdown?) and Living and Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (a fascinating insight).

Finally, a new benefit that’s just been introduced: members of the Association are invited to join us on Zoom for Writing Lunch sessions, between midday and one o’clock, on the third Monday of each month. The first session will take place on 19th April 2021. These sessions are primarily for members to come together, write and discuss writing. You can write whatever you like – work on your novel, a poem, story, article or WB assignment. We will also provide a prompt should you need a little inspiration. These get-togethers are FREE to members of the association and details of how to take part will be provided when you subscribe.

Moving on, something I had pointed out to me recently was ‘BBC Maestro’. They’re offering short online courses presented by famous people. There’s David Walliams on Writing for Children; Jed Mercurio on Writing Drama for TV and Gary Barlow on Songwriting. In the pipeline are Malorie Blackman (Writing for Young Adults) and Julia Donaldson (Writing Children’s Picture Books).

None of the courses are terribly expensive (around the £80 mark) and there’s currently a buy-one-get-one-free offer. But please note that unlike our courses, where you get interaction with your tutor and personal feedback on your own writing, these appear to be much more in the ‘lecture’ style.

My guest next week is someone most of you will recognise – writer and photographer, Simon Whaley. He’ll be looking at why many writers suffer from ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and how you can go about banishing it from your life.



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