“Writing is a job, a talent, but it’s also the place to go in your head. It is the imaginary friend you drink your tea with in the afternoon.” Ann Patchett
Groups and Workshops
I run a number of groups and workshops throughout the year. If you’d like to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of Ridley Writes groups and workshops then I’d definitely recommend signing up to my newsletter! I promise not to flood your inbox and I NEVER share your data with anyone else…
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Group Coaching Session – Pilot Spring/Summer 2021
Later this spring I’ll be running a pilot group writing coaching and mentoring session. I’ll be working with a large group to help them define their writing goals, overcome their obstacles and begin working towards their own personal writing success stories. See you back here in a bit with more information!
Introduction to Short Story Writing
I love a short story! It’s that gorgeous halfway house between poetry and prose that, done well, is an exquisite experience. If you’re interested in joining me on a 5 week Introduction to short story course in the summer 2021 then pop me an email and I’ll add you to the list.
Classic Feminist Lit Book Club
The Classic Feminist Lit Book Club is a real passion project of mine. There have been so many great feminists that have gone before us and there’s so much we can still learn from their work. The CFLBC meets roughly every two months to digest the works of the women who went before us.
So far we’ve read…
- Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
- The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
- and next up is Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta
Check out writer and book club member Sarah Bird’s blog ‘Audre Lorde – woman for our times‘ on the powerful impact reading Sister Outside had on her.
Email me if you’d like to join or read-along with us.
Writing and Reading Retreats
Once we’re freed from the restrictions of Lockdown I’ll be plotting and planning some retreats in gorgeous snuggly locations. Stay in touch via email or subscribe to the newsletter to find out more as soon as I have it!