Saturday 14th to Thursday 19th November 2020, Australian time zones.
Led by Barbara Turner-Vesselago, who will join us via Zoom from Toronto in times to suit writers across Australia, this Freefall Writing Online Workshop will enable writers to access all the benefits of a Freefall Writing retreat, without leaving their own workspace.
Under Barbara’s guidance, Freefall Writing will help you to connect with your deepest intention in writing, and to write with authority and grace.
Scheduled at times to suit writers across Australia, this Freefall Writing Workshop will be held and taught by Barbara Turner-Vesselago from her home in Toronto, and supported locally by hosts Kirsten Cameron from Melbourne and Pat Gill in Denmark, WA.
Following an introduction to the workshop hosted by Barbara on Saturday 14th November, writers will jump straight in and spend the afternoon writing. Another four days of writing will follow, with detailed daily feedback on your work from Barbara before you start writing each morning. Afternoon/evening workshops will involve readings selected by Barbara and discussion about the writing led by your local host. Barbara will join the group on Friday to host a final discussion of the week’s work and an extended writing exercise tailored to meet the particular needs of each writer.
- $875, maximum 12 participants
We will talk through the week’s structure and what to expect, in the introductory session on the first day, but in the meantime, to give you an idea of what to expect…
Introduction to Freefall Online
The official start of the workshop will be on Sunday 7th November, when writers meet in the Zoom room to become familiar with how the workshop will be conducted.
Saturday 14th November
- We will meet at 11am AEDST/8am WAST to approximately 1.30pm AEDST/11amWAST for an introductory workshop
- Log in to the Zoom Room to meet with Barbara for an introduction to Freefall
- Share introductions with the other writers in the group
- Become familiar with the Freefall precepts and how to get the most out of the week
- NB Bring a pen and paper or be prepared to use your keyboard as you will most likely want to take some notes, and there may be a writing exercise.
Launch straight into an afternoon of writing, with up to ten pages of (double-spaced) writing to be sent to Barbara and your local host by 7pm AEDST/4pm WAST
Sunday 15th to Wednesday 18th November
- Daily writing feedback
Barbara will email each writer with feedback on their work by 7am the day after it was submitted, ahead of your next morning writing.
- Morning writing
You will be writing in your own time from the sanctuary of your own workspace, with up to ten pages of (double-spaced) writing to be submitted to Barbara and your local host by 12.30pm in your local timezone.
- Group seminar, approx 5pm – 7.30pm AEDST and 2pm to 4.30pm WAST
- Log into the Zoom Room to share how the writing went for you as an individual.
- A selection of the previous days work, made by Barbara, will be read by your local host. We will discuss both the work itself and whatever it brings up with regard to writing technique
Thursday 19th November
- Group seminar, approximately 11am – 1.30pm AESDT and 8am -11.30am WAST
Back in the Zoom Room, Barbara will join us to recap the week with further insights and suggestions, as well as readings. In addition, there will be a final extended writing exercise tailored to meet the needs of individual writers.
- Afternoon reading, approximately 2.30-5pm AEDST and 12.30-2pm WAST
Meet in the Zoom Room for one final reading of a selection of work with your local host.
A week with writers
Part of the Freefall experience is being able to interact with other writers. New friendships are often made, and the things learnt outside of the formal tuition are a wonderful complement to the practice of Freefall. To support this engagement with each other, we will host an online-forum where we can discuss different aspects of writing, the writers life, or other things that come up that have nothing to do with writing at all.
Once we receive interest from the minimum number of writers to secure the workshop, a call for payment will be made.
- $200 Deposit is required to secure your booking
- Full payment required by Friday 27th October
Note: Until the deposit is paid your place is not confirmed.
If full payment is not received by Friday 27th October, it will be assumed you have cancelled.
In the unfortunate event that you have to cancel your booking, the following fees will be held
- $50 non-refundable admin fee for cancellations made after booking
- $200 deposit is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 9th October
- Full amount is non-refundable for cancellations made after Friday 27th October
In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled, the full deposit and fee paid by the time of cancellation will be refunded.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate that the move online does create some new hurdles and Kirsten will be available in the lead-up to the week and during the week to provide basic support to ensure you are comfortable logging in and participating online.
The Introduction to Freefall Online session, to be held on Sunday 7th November at 11amAESDT/8amWAST will be your chance to ensure you are able to login, can hear and be heard and are comfortable with the participation format.
If you have any accessibility requirements, please make these known at the time of booking. Limited assistance can be provided.
For more information and to book your place, contact Kirsten Cameron, email@example.com.
“I have been surprised by how effective the online freefall retreat has been. I had put the time aside for the residential, so decided to act as if I was away from home, and not to add in any other work type meetings or events. I am so glad I did that, because it has enabled me to keep my focus. The whole experience has been absolutely fabulous. The structure and container has felt solid. The writing has flowed, and the online meetings have been rich and rewarding. In fact, in many ways I prefer doing freefall online to being away from home. We felt like a cohesive group very quickly, and I feel a lot of warmth for those on the retreat with me. So I really feel that I have been in a retreat, my writing has benefited hugely, and the whole process has been deeply satisfying. “Juliet Grayson, Psychotherapist, UK
“In a strange, unexpected way, the process of writing, giving and receiving feedback, felt clean, somehow acute in this way. As always at Freefall, I experienced an overhaul of my ‘self’ – I felt pulled over coals, pulled apart and then carefully put back together again – by the process. “Rebecca Ellis, Yoga Teacher, UK