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Rev up your writing power

When?

June / 18 / Fri  @  9:30 am  -  June / 18 / Fri  @  4:00 pm

Where?

Online

Costs?

NUJ members resident in Wales £35.00
Members of other unions resident in Wales £47.50
Non-union members resident in Wales £60.00
Non-residents of Wales £75.00

Contact?

NUJ Cymru Training Wales,
Email : trainingwales@nuj.org.uk

Remove the blocks, write faster and more fluently, and increase your earning power by writing twice the copy in half the time.

You may have wondered why on some days you can sweat over your keyboard for hours only to produce an awkward paragraph or two. Yet paradoxically, some of the best pieces are those that come with almost no effort. The words seem to appear like magic, almost as if they have little to do with your own thought processes, and yet this can often be your best work. So how can you call on this special energy and exploit it more readily?

What’s it about?

The workshop is designed to unblock the barriers that may be holding you back. Writing games, discussions and serious review of the writing process will show you a new way of tackling future writing tasks. We’ll take a look at Left Brain/Right Brain theory in relation to editing and creativity, and you may discover a new, more empowered way of communicating.

Who is it for?

If you’ve ever grappled with writer’s block, or worked into the early hours to meet a deadline, this workshop could be for you. Whether you want to write features, travel articles, opinion columns, blogs, web content, PR and marketing material, business communications – or even a best seller – this inspirational writing workshop will help you speed up your writing, eliminate the struggle and tap into your inner creativity.

What will I learn?

In just one day you will learn how to:

• make writing an enjoyable fun experience

• write with increased fluency and ease

• gain confidence and avoid writer’s block

• outwit your inner critic

• write as naturally as you speak

• access and trust your creative right brain

• write powerfully and persuasively

• communicate from the heart and the head

• inspire and motivate your readers

Will I need to prepare anything in advance ?

Bring an idea for a 20-minute writing project to tackle in class, plus any notes or research info you need. It’s important you arrive with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the material so please read your notes and refresh your memory the day before the course. You should have a clear idea of where it would/could be published.

What do I need to bring?

1. A copy of the target publication for the project if applicable

2. A pen and large format notebook (ruled A4 is ideal) for writing. I’m asking everyone to write with pen and paper for the games and exercises, though it’s fine to use a laptop for your final project if you prefer.

About the trainer

Judi Goodwin

I’m a Manchester-based trainer and writing coach and spent 30 years as a freelance journalist, contributing to the Daily Telegraph, Radio Times, Liverpool Post and BBC Woman’s Hour. For five years I was commissioning editor for Ideal Home magazine. I have run this, my favourite workshop, for the CIPR, the Bank of England, The Big Issue and Lloyds Bank as well as for life term prisoners, people with mental health challenges, and people with AIDS and HIV.

I like to bring a whole person approach to training and believe people learn best when they’re having fun. My most challenging assignment was teaching interview skills to Romanian journalists in Bucharest. They spoke no English; I speak no Romanian.

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