Where to go when you've got no time to write

We've all complained that we don't have enough time to write. And yet, when we do schedule a block of precious time, we manage to find plenty of other things to do, besides write. So much unstructured time! So many choices! We often don't know how to get started. Writing is scary. I'll review that - getting started at writing is scary. Once we're in the flow, fears get forgotten and focus is shifted to where is should be - on the poem, story or whatever it is we are writing.

But how do you actually get started? If you live in Adelaide, I might have a solution. On the first Tuesday night of every month I run a writers group at Mockingbird Lounge. It's casual, low pressure, and you will spend most of your time writing. 

When is it?

  • The first Tuesday of every month, 7-9pm.

Where is it?

  • Mockingbird Lounge: 63a Broadway, Glenelg.                 Ph: 08 7007 2242

Who it for?

  • Experienced or inexperienced, anyone who likes to write. This group is about generating new work. You can't edit what isn't there.

What can I expect?

  • To write for most of the 2 hours. You'll be provided with exercises and prompts and you write for 10-15 minute blocks at a time. 
  • Sometimes we build on the exercises, looking for emerging patterns and themes in the work, but not always. It's your writing practice, you can adapt the exercises to your needs on the night.

What else can I expect?

  • To share what you've written. Yes, reading aloud! This is important and not as scary as it sounds. 
  • A handout of writing exercises. You can refer to these at home when you find some more precious time to write.
  • To write at least half a dozen pieces, and to be surprised by what you have written.

What is it not?

  • There is an opportunity for constructive discussion but this is not a group where you bring along already prepared work for critiquing. The writing happens on the night.

How big is the group?

  • On average, 5-10 people.

What's my investment?

  • 2 hours. $20.

Why do I need a writer's group?

  • You don't. But if you want to get some ideas on how to get started, how to keep going, learn the building blocks of writing, broaden your writing experience (that desk can get lonely, huh?), be surprised and inspired by what you can achieve in a supportive environment, then this  writing group might be for you. Oh, and you are allowed to laugh.

Did somebody say cake?

  • Yes! We eat cake while we write! Stacey at Mockingbird makes excellent coffee and the cakes are pretty fine too. (She even does High Tea) Eat cake while you write? Can there be a better way to have a good time? Just saying.

What if I can't make the first Tuesday of every month?

  • No problem. Come when you can.

What if I can't make the first Tuesday of any month?

  • Send me a message in the comments section. We might be able to work something out.

Have I missed anything? 

  • Send me your questions.

C x


Glenn Hayden said…
This sounds brilliant!!