Writing Fearlessly

Alison’s take on the Wentworth Castle creative writing residential I’ve just been on- a fab week, writing in the gorgeous library, listening to Louise Jenson, talking books and stuff all week over meals and drinks and laughing lots and lots.

Ali Harper Writes

Just back from a five day writing retreat at Wentworth Castle with the awesome Anna Chilvers. I’ve tutored lots of retreats before but this was my favourite yet. We started out as eighteen strangers, with nothing in common but writing, but sharing our fears around the process of writing quickly bonded us a group.

Writing Room My writing room

It’s liberating to discover writers share the same fears – the fear of getting started, the fear of running out of ideas, the fear of letting work go, the fear of not being good enough. In one workshop Anna brought in fifteen of the most scathing reviews ever written and we had to match them to a list of fifteen books, including classics like Wuthering Heights and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. We realised one star reviews are part of the job of being a writer.

We learned techniques for side-stepping…

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