I took some (sort-of) maternity leave after the birth of my beautiful daughter (well, actually I finished my second novel and moved house, but that’s another story) and I’m now easing my way back in to this online space, reconnecting and generally shaping my year as we move forward into 2013.
You might notice that I’ve made a few little tweaks to the site. I’m generally doing some January ‘spring-cleaning’ and gradually redesigning my online home here, which feels symbolic somehow.
I’ve also been thinking about how best to offer my Word Sauce e-courses and writing workshops in the future.
I want to make some changes. It feels like the right time to do it. It’s not just that my own life has undergone such huge shifts – and is still settling into a new pattern as my daughter and I grow together. It’s also that I’ve been listening to what you’ve been telling me about what works best for you.
I know that there are a lot of people out there (new mamas included) who are longing to carve out some writing time, to reconnect with a deep desire to make something on the page or simply to slow down and breathe, to process the stuff that can so often seem like a big, jumbled mess by getting it out there in words on the page.
So after some careful thought and much soul-searching, I’ve decided to make the Word Sauce e-courses available one-on-one so that you can start whenever you want to start throughout the year. You no longer need to wait until the next course start date to sign-up. This does mean that there is no longer a course group forum as such – but what people were telling me last year is that they often felt a little shy about sharing their fledgeling words or simply didn’t have time to check-in to the forums as well as responding to the writing prompts and working through the exercises.
So this way, you can get the course delivered directly to you by email each week for eight weeks. You’ll still be able to ask me questions and get my feedback on your writing. But there’ll hopefully be a little less pressure and more chance to cultivate your own private creative space.
And then, should you wish, you can join one of the online writing retreats that I have planned for this year or an actual, real live in-person writing circle over a day or a weekend. More details about these coming soon… I may also create a secret group on Facebook or flickr so that people can interact with previous and current Word Saucerers. Still thinking about that one. Do you like that idea?
I hope that helps more of you to be able to get what you need from the Word Sauce e-courses. If it doesn’t, please do let me know. More details about them here .