Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s “Freefall Writing” has helped hundreds of writers to publish fiction, memoir, non-fiction and poetry worldwide.
Freefall Writing Workshops to be held in Australia in 2019 are:
- Daylesford residential writing retreat, Sunday October 20th to Saturday October 26th,
- Bicton non-residential writing retreat, Monday November 4th to Saturday November 9th.
Discover Freefall Writing
As the name suggests, Freefall invokes the courage to fall without a parachute, into the words as they come, into the thoughts before they have fully formed in the mind, into the unplanned structures that take shape, without prompting, to contain them.
By means of five simple precepts, Barbara leads the writer step by step into developing real trust in writing through the art of Freefall.
1. Write what comes up for you.
2. Don’t change anything.
3. Give all the sensuous detail.
4. Go where the energy is, or go fearward.
5. Observe “The Ten-Year Rule”.
Workshops vary in length from 1 to 14 days, and are offered both privately and through universities in Canada, Australia, England and the United States (see Calendar Details). There are no entry requirements. Class size is usually limited to 12 participants.
At first, doing Freefall with a group is invaluable. The group’s spontaneous response to the writing works to free the writer from the need for self-criticism. And then the magic begins …
The moment when someone shifts into that deeper level is unmistakable. Everyone can hear it. As a result, in Coleridge’s phrase, “the wheels catch fire from their own motion,” and the whole group moves to a new level of achievement. The results, in writing, are spectacular.
Since 1982, Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s Freefall Writing Workshops have been helping beginning and experienced writers to overcome blocks, access energy, and establish or renew a vital connection to the written word.
In these workshops, you learn by doing: powerful writing immersion is balanced by informed, personal guidance. Every word you write is read by Barbara; selected (anonymous) passages are read aloud and discussed in a supportive, small-group setting. The primary emphasis is on learning to ‘let go’ in writing so that the creative process can carry you. Technical aspects of the craft (scene, dialogue, structure, voice) are discussed as they arise in the course of the writing.
Ultimately, Barbara helps you connect with your deepest intention in writing, and to write with authority and grace.