Writing Room Sprint Sessions
Join our weekly dedicated four hour online Writing Room sessions and get your writing locked down and in progress.
You can join for one hour, or all four and can be working on any project (writing or book related).
In theory, this isolation time should be good for writers. Writing is solitary. You sit alone at your desk for a year. But too much alone is not good for anyone. We have all started to crave the company of other crazy writers for connection and support, feedback, a giggle or a moan. That's why we have started to write together in weekly 'bum time' sessions online. It is powerful and productive. I invite you to join in those sessions and just write with a global family.
We start at 11am GMT (please convert to your timezone)
The first 15 minutes we will take questions and connect,
Then all writers will mute audio, put off their cameras and write.
We connect again at the top of each hour, take a 5 min break and check in on our progress before sprinting the 55 min writing session.
You can join any time and pop in and out.
When you sign up you will be sent a link to join.
Crossing the Threshold: A 12 Week Creative Writing Journey into Story
Starts 1 JUNRE 2021
ONLINE COURSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no refunds for online purchases.
Please read the full course description here
“In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?
When were you last enchanted by a story? When last did you allow the words to flow? Can you allow silence into your life, and allow creativity to rise into that void?
This is a 12-week creative writing journey with writing mentor and author Sarah Bullen, and a call to write. But it is also a call to dive deeper as we will follow a pilgrim’s descent through exploration and writing.
Over the course of the 12 weeks we will follow the ‘path of the hero’. We will find the key elements that make writing powerful, and unite stories across time. We will track the path a hero must walk, and into Magic, Adventure, Conflict, Struggle Descent and Resurrection.
Each module, and week, will set up a new lesson in the craft of writing – in scene structure, plotting, story build and pace. Then the week will develop that in your writing as you take this into your own project.
Over the 12 weeks you can use the structure to write up to 40,000 words if you are working on a book.
WHO CAN JOIN THIS?
Writers of any genre are welcomed. Any levels of experience can join. You may want to use this process to work on your current book and intensify the journey and language. You may want to start a book, or write your personal story. You may want to write poetry, songs, essays, short stories or blogs. You may want it to develop and deepen character or plotting.
This (unlike many of my courses), does not have a fixed outcome in mind. You don’t have to end up with a book. I do love to push writers, but it is a delight of writing that will bring you here. But of course, it will also give you the technical tools, prompts and pushes to make sure you actually write.
HOW DOES IT RUN
We will all start together and work as a community across the 12 weeks. Each writer, of course, will do their own work. But The Writing Room is also a community of authors, writers and poets. We use a community platform that will function as our writing group, and your place to connect, get support and advice, share and get feedback on your writing throughout the journey.
HOW IT WORKS
Three days each week you receive an email with a link to the day's content. The materials are in written, video, and audio format which you can view and listen to at any time. Every second Monday we will have a live call,
Each week operates with a theme to explore, which you will receive on the Monday lesson.
On Monday evenings at 3pm UTC/GMT (every fortnight) there will be a 45 min live call with Sarah Bullen with a lesson and tasks for the week. Please see below for session times as depending on your location they may change for two of the weeks. All sessions are recorded.
- On Wednesday there will be Writing Tasks and Reflections taking you into a week of writing.
- On Sunday you will submit or share your piece of writing – or a portion of it – with the other writers for feedback or comment.
Culturally we do not allow enough space or value to darkness – the night’s deeps, winter solstice, dreaming in a cave, Yin energy, the formless, infinite, indefinable, unknowing realms of unconsciousness and shadow. Yet this is where creativity and energy and aliveness are born.
ONLINE COURSE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
There are no refunds for online purchases.
Professional Manuscript Appraisal
You have written your best possible version of your book, and now you need someone to make it better. The good news is that there are other people (professionals) who can take your book to the 'next level'.
Please note that a manuscript (MS) appraisal is not an EDIT, but is a high-level structural assessment of the MS. The onus is then on the writer to 'fix' the structural suggestions and accept and work on the changes.
This is for writers who have completed a full draft of a book and feel it needs input / improvement or a professional eye to assess it and give critical feedback. A MS appraisal report is a professional assessment of all aspects of the structure of the MS such as plot, character, dialogue etc . It is a commercial assessment that gives you a fresh, objective outsider's perspective done by a qualified editor The overall aim of this high-level assessment is to improve your MS and give you real ways to make it better and more publishable. During the process they will make significant notes and changes. At the end of the process you will get a full written report. The report will make suggestions, changes and act as an overall assessment. It will suggest specific large-scale changes / improvements / refinements (plotting changes, structure changes, pace, characters and overall novel read).
Some editors will also make detailed edit notes on your manuscript, or comments, for you to work with.
In a novel a manuscript appraisal focuses on structural strengths and weaknesses: Character. Setting. Plot.
The process will be completed in 3-4 weeks.
Write Your Book in 100 Days Book
For SA use this online shop to buy your book. The cost of R340 includes courier to your door South Africa (only) Or order from Red Pepper for a couriered book.
For Amazon e-book (on KINDLE)
For Amazon Paperback (paperback version delivered to you)
Tired of putting “write a book” on your to-do list? Need someone to kick-start you into finally writing it and guide you through the entire process, step by step? Then this BOOK is for you.
This is for writers of non-fiction or biography/memoir (not novels). If you are writing a novel this is for you rather.
Whether you’re a rookie or experienced writer, a storyteller, influencer, company leader, speaker, expert with insight to share or just someone who loves putting words on paper, Write Your Book in 100 Days is going to show you how to write your story, so others want to read it.
This is a workbook and a journey into the heart of your story and what makes your book the best it can be. Its practical step-by-step process includes both technical writing tasks alongside heart ‘n soul exercises. All draw on years of the authors’ experience of walking writers down the path from dream to draft to publication. Expect easy to follow, practical tips and guidance with actual examples to show you exactly how.
- At the end of this workbook you will have:Completed the First Draft of your book in just 100 days!
- Mapped out your awesome Second Draft
- Written a kickass ‘Pitch Deck’ ready to submit to publishers
- Crafted an achievable plan for your Author Brand
SOME OF OUR REVIEWS
“Sarah and Kate’s expert guidance, support, encouragement and teaching made the birthing of my 438 page book possible. What started out feeling daunting and overwhelming became an exciting, healing journey culminating in a best seller that was written and published within a year. I highly recommend this powerful team.” Gabi Lowe author of Get Me To 21
Have you been thinking about writing a book but don't know how or where to start? This guide is written by two successful authors and is THE definitive guide to getting your words down onto paper. I have written 100,000 words in the past few months because of these two and their wise words and no-nonsense attitude. Start making your dreams a reality and buy this book. Ani Naqvi, author The Wave that Changed Life
I got Sarah and Kate's book in early May. I have felt like I have a story to tell but never knew where to start. This book is designed to do exactly what the title says... Just WRITE YOUR BOOK. It is not the smartest person or the best writer that gets books published, it is the one who sits down, makes a plan and WRITES that reaches that goal. I highly recommend the book to everyone who thinks they have a book in them. Just be ready to go to work!
Enjoy the journey. Lisa C
Six Month Personal Book Mentorship with Sarah Bullen FULL PAYMENT
If you have landed on this page it is because you have been accepted into a six month book mentorship with me. This is to pay your full mentorship amount and get the discount.
If you would prefer to pay the deposit and 5 instalments click here
We will work closely together for a few months to get your book out of your head and into the world. At the end of our process, and if you really commit to it, you will have a final book ready for submission to publishers, or to publish yourself.
Most books take a solid 8 months from idea to final draft. Many take years to get to market. So having a realistic timeline is important. After our 3 months (or 6 sessions) are completed we can renew the package if you want to continue with mentoring.
If you are starting with just an idea and some planning you can use this coaching process to produce a solid first draft of your book.
If you have a completed first draft, this process can take you through your edits to get you to a final version, a pitch deck, an author brand and a book ready to send to publishers, or self publish.
IN PAYING YOU AGREE TO THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- All sessions must be taken over 6 months from the start of the mentorship.
- All fees paid are totally non-refundable for any reason whatsoever
- Acceptance on the mentorship does not guarantee publication, or representation
- The full mentorship cost is $3495 and this is a deposit with 5 more instalments payable in MONTH 1, MONTH 2, MONTH 3, MONTH 4 and MONTH 5.
Beta Reader Report
A Beta Reader report is highly useful and honest report by someone who knows and loves books. It will be someone who we know will give you an honest report and feed back to you what a reader thinks of the book, with some ways to make it more readable.
This is not a professional Manuscript Appraisal (see below for that link).
As an author you are looking for fresh eyes and honest feedback.
The reader report needs to be objective, honest and constructive.
An author will use this beta feedback to re-assess, re-write the next draft and take the book forward.
It will cover
1. Overall impression
2. Beginning of the book / hook
3. Characters (general, lead character, other main characters)
4. The middle
5. The ending
6. Plot progression or argument development (this is about the book structure)
7. Language use
Do you need a more professional review?
Then look at rather booking a Professional Manuscript Appraisal here
Online Writing Mentorship - Write your Book
This is a supported process that will get you to create, plan, write and COMPLETE your book. You will join a group of writers work to get your book out over four months. Writing coach Sarah Bullen and international author Kate Emmerson are your master whip crackers.
The full course description is here
Sarah Bullen - international writing mentor + literary agent working with authors and publishers. She has written six books, writes for magazines internationally and lectures on writing and publishing.
Kate Emmerson - multi-published author, coach and international keynote speaker inspiring audiences with her kick-ass, engaging style. She coaches writers on confidence, discipline, procrastination and shifting blockages.
We know most writers need a few things to make real progress in their writing:
- An experienced mentor to give you the right advice at the right time
- Someone to hold you accountable and make sure you get it done.
- A place to ask experts questions when you get stuck
WHAT HAPPENS - PRACTICALLY?
In a nutshell, you will plan, write and produce your first draft over 100 days (realistically about 4 months with all the planning)
This is a leaner version of our intense and personal mentorships.
Write your NOVEL in 100 Days Online Course
This is a 3.5 month mentorship with writing coach Sarah Bullen that will prompt, push and hold you to your promise to write your NOVEL.
First up you need to know that I am a huge fan of structure and plotting. I am book editor and literary agent as well as a writing coach so I know that all stories need the architecture to hold them for the length of a full novel. I will want you to give your story into a rough outline, so my first step is to get that down on paper. I have a very tight plotting method we will use.
I know most writers need a few things to make real progress in their writing:
- An experienced mentor to give you the right advice.
- Someone to hold you accountable and make sure you get it done.
- A place to ask experts questions when you get stuck
You are getting these three key elements in this mentorship. I set the targets and deadlines and show you how to move forward and write with clear focus and intent. This is the first step all writers must take down the path to publication. Without your first draft, you cannot progress to the next stage. So the first few weeks (yes weeks) are spent plotting and working out your plot points. Then you write to targets.
In 100 Days you will end up with up to 80,000 words if you do the work as it is laid out in the course. I have been running this course for eight years in various forms and I can honestly say it is just fantastic. It will teach you to write a novel and push you the entire way to your first draft with daily emails, lessons and deadlines.
HOW DOES IT PRACTICALLY WORK?
* Every day for the first month you will be given a short 2 min lesson via email to read, or to watch.
* Each day has exercises that takes you systematically through how to plot your book.
* At key points you will be asked to send some work for feedback and review.
* The lessons will show you how to plot your story, step by step, beginning to end, going over what the story is about, who the characters are, where the story starts, how it reveals itself and how it ends.
* The format of the course will make sure your story is set up right (the beginning hook) and has the dramatic momentum (the middle build) to carry it through to a fulfilling ending.
* You start actually writing after Day 10 and then the course will take you deeper into advanced plotting, storytelling, characters, dialogue, style, theme, genre and writing.
* Each stage of the mentorship has a task and word count targets for you to reach.
* You are part of our closed FB group of writers in various stages of the publishing process where you can get advice, support or a reader
* You block book your own writing time when it suits you, using the prompts that I send you to know how far your writing should be at each point.
This is the course I did in 2008/9 and I wrote my first novel. I was sick of thinking about writing a novel and making false starts for years, so I took a week off work and did this course. By the end, I'd trashed the novel I'd been wheel-spinning on, and had a new idea. A month later I had a very dodgy first draft, which later became A Million Miles from Normal, published by Penguin Random House in 2010. Today I'm working on my 9th novel, and pretty much still using the same techniques Sarah taught me.
So, if you're thinking of doing a writing course, stop thinking about it and do it. I can't imagine you'll regret it. Paige Nick, Million Miles from Normal
“This was a very useful course to do, particularly the early modules that actually got me plotting and writing in two weeks. I had no clue how to even start writing and the clear information that you provided just mapped the way forward.’
Maria Phalime, author of Second Chances and Postmortem: The Doctor who Walked Away - Winner of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award in 2013.
November 2021 Blast your Book Group
This is madcap creative PUSH to get your book to the NEXT LEVEL!
You will commit to a 30 days programme to put some love and attention back into your dream having a book.
You could use this month to:
- Tackle and finish any writing project in your heart
- Push your book the the end.
- Do an entire rewrite
- Write your second draft to make it the best version possible
- Finish your book proposal and pitch deck
- Send your book out to publishers
- Build your author brand collateral
- Take the plunge and self publish
- Commit to blog content
It may have been years ago when you started your writing journey on a course, or it may that you are at the start.
We know how hard it is to keep walking down this path as a writer. We are going to make sure you do. This is the next level. This is our very best way to support and nudge you along the path to follow your dream to become a published author. Or perhaps you want to finally have that book to give to your family.
You know in your heart what you need to do, but sometimes it is not that easy to put LIFE aside and do it. We consistently find that what writers need most is to be held accountable. For someone to set a deadline, watch that you actively work towards it and hold you to your promise.
That is what we do best - we are both strict, coupled with oodles of love. Join us on this ONE MONTH commitment to your writing.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- We start kick off on the first day with a live call to set you up with your writing goal
- You set a clear, specific and measurable weekly goals
- You will join a Whatsapp group of fellow writers on this journey
- You get tasks, video or audio lessons every day via Whatsapp
- We expect an update on your progress every Monday and Friday
- We have set writing times you can join online in 4 hour writing slots
- We will challenge you to give up some stuff (heads up, social media detox alert)
- We have live Q&A call in week 3 to ask experts your writing questions
- A close-out call where we check your goals.
WHAT WRITERS SAY
This was the most incredible experience. I started my book a while ago and completed the most awful first draft when my kids left to go to University and boarding school. They came home during lockdown so there went my writing. I grabbed your challenge with gusto and undertook to complete my second draft with major editing by the end of the course. Jenny McGregor
The power of crazy deadlines makes me crazy and ecstatic simultaneously! Book already being read around the world – Kate
This month has given me the gift of being on a fast creative train and I am in love with life! Gulistan Dhyan
I have mapped out 40 scenes and written 25,000 words of a new novel this month, so I’m still happy with where I’ve gotten to. I’ve found myself hitting a groove of writing every day Drew Schapper
I loved the ZOOM bumtime sessions, I am grateful for this group process which helped me to focus, commit, write and affirm that I know enough to do this. Deep gratitude for your daily support, prompts, deadlines, candid self-reveals, humour, anecdotes, quips and quotes, and constant encouragement. Linda Glass
This 30 days was the most incredible anchor. I had fallen out of the writing zone with my second book and this kept me going. The daily lessons, audio, quote and notes just pushed me and pushed me. It was unstoppable," Catherine Glennie, No More Push Push
It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done." author
I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny .
The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Como, Italy.
"I have been trying to get this baby out for a decade. I set a word count with the help of Kate and Sarah, I met it. The focus and discipline I found with the lessons and prompts below my mind," Geri McMahon, Ireland.
"It was during this that everything finally fell into place with my book," Sandra Aquino, Secrets from Above
"My big goal was to finish my second draft. Done." writer
"I can't believe what I achieved in this time. I walk away with a competent and solid book plotted," Sue Adams author.
"This was genius. I was pushed all the way to the end.," Jacqui Bauer
"The focussed online writing sessions were just genius. I couldn't believe that we can write together, in silence, from all corners of the world and get so much done," Jana-Marie Coombes
"I finished my second draft. It's good. I finished at 5am on the final day. I put the last full stop and it is done. I could never have done it without the group energy," Jenny.
"The group and the push gave me such a creative momentum. It gave my writing movement and pace and excitement," Linda Odjugo, Italy.
The accountability of the group clicked in & held me, in a vice grip, to keep writing irrespective. And Kate and Sarah's informative and motivational tit bits on the way. brilliant. it worked! I finished my rewrite on Sunday. Catherine Glennie