Write your Story Retreat
September 7 - 12 2018
Tulbach, outside Cape Town, South Africa
5 nights accommodation
Single rate Cost R16,900 ZAR
Sharing rate R14,900 ZAR
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Do you want to record your own life, or a slice of it?
Do you have someone you want to remember ....or record their life?
Join multi published author Kate Emmerson and writing coach and agent Sarah Bullen in Cape Town, South Africa on a magical five-night retreat in spring.
Join us and find the magic thread in your life.
This five night retreat is for any writer who wants a creative space to write. You need nothing but your ideas and a willingness to put pen to paper.
Unlike many courses that take you through the theory of writing and plotting, the course that you will follow on this retreat is geared towards getting you going on your book in a very practical fashion.
Everyone has a story. Most people have a few. What is yours?
Flannery O’Connor famously said that anyone who survives childhood has enough material to write anything.
It can be a year, a single incident or a theme that runs through your life. It can be a deep love of food, a passion that has driven you, an obsession or a love affair that marked your life and changed your course. The job of a writer is to find your own story. In some way it is the greatest job.
And sometimes the writing becomes the adventure. Writing your own story is not as linear as writing to be published.
WE WILL COVER:
- What is your story ? - let’s find it together.
- The basics of planning a compelling story
- Researching and remembering your life
- Giving your story a structure
- Finding your own writing voice
- Finding your life story
- Including characters and events
- Limiting your time
- Handling point of view
- Working with dialogue
- Finding your life theme
- Knowing what to include and exclude
The retreat is held in a magnificent farmhouse situated just 1.5 hours outside Cape Town. It is on the fringes of the small town of Tulbach.
The farm itself is out of town, nestled amongst indigenous fynbos. It is the ideal space for rest and relaxation and to let the muse of writing find you. You can immerse yourself in nature and the tranquility of the abundant fynbos and bird life. The farm has a swimming dam, vineyards, olive groves and walking trails through the pristine countryside.
Why should you write your story down?
- To find some meaning to your own life
- To set the record straight
- Ensure your children and grandchildren know who you are
- Preserve your family’s history
- Capture a slice of history
- Leave your legacy
You will leave with:
- A clearer understanding of your own life and a story to print
- The opportunity to print this book or develop a photo book.
“This memoir writing course is not about how to write well. It is about how to write honestly. I firmly believe there is not really such a thing as a good writer. But there are honest writers who dig deep into their own hearts and find the core of issues. So this course is a journey. It is fun, big and brave. It requires you to go and find elements of your life - documents, photos, images, letters, diaries - that fill in the pictures of your memory. But most of all it is a wonderful adventure back into your own life.” writing coach Sarah Bullen -
Plan, record, refine and define your story
Like Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes) you can write about your childhood. You can write about places you’ve visited, as Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). You can write about a particular person who influenced you, as Lorna Kelly did in The Camel Knows the Way, which chronicles her time with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. You can write about a crime or injustice you encountered. You can write about your relationship with food, your relationship with your sister, your trip down the Amazon, your struggle with disease….
You can write a memoir about anything, any part of your life that you want to record. No matter how small or seemingly inconsequential.
You can write your story for your family, for your children, for a publisher or a magazine. But most of all you can also write it for yourself. You can write to record your life, or a part of it. It is a way of finding meaning. It is creative journey of the soul.
Just join us and write it down. Tell your own story
“This course is a journey of discovery. I went into places from my past as if I was still living them. I can’t stop writing now,”
Isabelle Hartha, 2014
I found Sarah Bullen's Memoir Writing Workshop to be highly useful and informative, I had been writing memoir for years with books as my guide, but she broadened my awareness of what good memoir writing consists of better than any book I've ever read on the subject. Her teaching style is concise, clear, inspiring, and filled with rich suggestion, I left feeling much more aware of what it takes to write good memoir and would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in memoir writing. The setting in the beautiful Greek village of Eressos is magic as well, perfect for one's imagination to flourish!
Jackie Heim (Canada)
“Sarah took my lifelong dream of writing a book seriously. In four inspiring lessons she equipped me with the framework to succeed by teaching me how and by pushing me to start. Her advice is frank, her direction crystal clear and her insight invaluable. I started the course with only a burning desire and left with a genre, characters, a plot and my first few chapters written.” Anne 2012
“I give Sarah's course a 5* rating.”
Zanozuko Mzamo, A Year of Staying Positive (2008)
“This is a life-changing course. I spent a month course immersed in my ideas for a book and I came away with a way to write it. Sarah is hard-core and she pushed me all the way to the end. I only wished it could go on and on.”
Rajesh, January 2013.
‘All aspects of writing became clear in this course. I knew what to do with my book and how to complete it.” S Redelinghuys, A Life Interrupted (2008)
It was an absolute pleasure today chatting to you for my coaching session . You walked me through my entire book and fixed the structure in 60 mins. You have given me hope and inspiration again. I was soooooo stuck and now I just feel like something just released today. I have just completed writing what I think could be the list of 96 scenes for my book. YEYYYYY!!!!! I feel soooo Exhilarated!!!!!
Hawa Charfaray, Dubai (writing her memoir, 2015)
“This course comes highly recommended. If you need a clear direction or a new take on your book, you will get more than your money’s worth out of this one – you may come away with a bestseller.” Michelle Matthews, former publisher Oshun Struik SA (2007)
“I am loving the writing course btw…it is the best money I have ever spent.”
Andy Moss 2013
“Holy smoke Sarah, I actually sat and did it. It was a crash course in writing, but it worked like a charm. The plotting spreadsheets I got to the end, with a 60,000 word first draft of my book,” Miranda Guest, New York 2010