Thursday, November 18, 2010

Community Bulletin Board and Forum

Be sure to check out two new features.

Bulletin Board

     This is a place to email us with any news you have. Book launches, articles or stories published, group get-togethers, writing group info. Send it to us at and we'll post it.


     Check out the new FORUM where you can have interactive discussions with other users about any matters relating to writing and storytelling. When you get into the forum page click on the link at the top left of the white forum block which says The Story Bridge Forum and it will show all the current discussion threads. You can then post a comment in an existing thread or open a new discussion thread yourself. 

Summer's here...

...and it's such a great time to spend with family and friends, but don't forget to work on your writing. I usually put up the sun umbrella and move my writing space out to the deck in summer, so I can get the summer air but keep working.

One great thing about summer for writers is that with the long daylight hours you might well have enough time to corral a couple of hours a day (maybe in the early morning), to your 'other' work, and still have time for that barbie or walk in the long twilight.

So make a commitment for the time you have off your day job. Write down a goal.

- redraft that short story
- write that next chapter
- decide on a workshop to kickstart you for the new year
- pull that half-forgotten novel from the bottom drawer
- go through the exercises we're putting up here under the 'free writing tips' and rework that piece you want to do more with

And plot your pathway forward from here...

Author Lloyd Jones, talking about the use of a persuasive voice in storytelling. Especially interesting is his comment around 3:14 about looking to the horizion where 'otherness' resides. That otherness can be construed as the unknown, the story that lies in subtext. This is the most fruitful territory for the weight of your story to come from. When you're writing, always keep an eye on that horizon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Designing the Course Programme for 2011

Jocelyn and I will soon be designing the course programme for 2011. 

We'll be covering:

Blogging and Self Publishing
Prose fiction writing – general
Prose fiction writing - short stories
Non Fiction
Life Writing
How to sell and market your books and e-books

The teaching options we’re considering are:

Single day courses
Weekend workshops
Longer courses, over an extended period
One-on-one coaching.

We want to hear from you in the writing community as to what you’d like us to cover, so we can tailor courses around your needs and/or work them into our workshops. Email us at or post a comment to this blog post. Remember always to sign up for our newsletter and we’ll keep in touch.

James and Jocelyn at the NZSA Auckland Branch meeting

We both recently spoke at the NZSA (New Zealand Society of Authors) Auckland Branch meeting, 05/11/10. Jocelyn spoke about her work on the First Chapters programme in South Auckland since 2005 (and it was great to see all the Writers in Residence from past years there at the same time.) James was asked to speak as part of a panel of three tutors/course co-ordinators from writing programmes around Auckland, on the state of creative writing teaching in general and their role in the wider teaching context. The other panelists were Robert Sullivan from MIT and Lisa Samuels from Auckland University. For the full text of James' speech, go to our Recent and Coming Events page.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tired of Publishers Who Say No?

Finally, There is a Proven Way to Publish and Sell Your Writing

This introductory workshop on self-publishing and blogging is for anyone who:
  • has written or wants to write their own memoir / family history, a “how to” book or other non-fiction books (e.g. cook books, caring for babies, travel adventures, etc, etc)
  • is serious about selling their written work 
  • loves to keep in touch with their readers, customers and followers  

  • might also have their own business and want to write on a specialist topic related to this business
  • wants to know if it is possible to blog your way to a best seller.
Note: This workshop has been rescheduled for early 2011.  To receive an 'early-bird' opportunity to book for this workshop and preferential seating, sign up to our free newsletter. Send us an email with "Newsletter please" in the subject line.
Click here to find out more about what you'll learn in the 2011 workshop.