Your One-Day Writing Retreat with Out on the Page.
This FAQ is here to help you prepare for the day and to answer any questions that you might have about the retreat. 
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What motivated me to come today?


It’s worth reminding yourself.




What do I bring?


As well as the usual laptops, notebook, favourite pen and water bottle, bring any information to share such as:

  • details of any favourite books
  • Websites or,
  • Organisations which have helped you develop your writing or get published.




What writing do I want to do?


You might have a plan - you might not, but it’s worth thinking about. It could be a part of a current project or just writing freely off the back of an idea.




Do I need to do any research or gather any materials before the day?


Some writers on retreat like to do this, it helps them build momentum. Wi-fi is generally available at this venue but you may want to download stuff onto your device beforehand.




Thinking about the Guest Writer


You might want to take a look at their biography and work and make a note of any questions you may want to ask them on the day. It’s a real opportunity to explore the experience of emerging as a writer.




My Overall Goal for the Day


It could be a word count, some new writing, a scene, work on a plot or editing. Whatever it is, these are your personal goals and entirely up to you.




Feeling stuck?


Don’t worry, even if you turned up on the day without much of a plan (and I’ve been there!), I’ll help you find a way to get writing on the day. In the meantime, try this warm-up exercise in the week leading up to your retreat:

Write a list of your favourite queer/gay related words - pick one and write about what it means to you.




What happens On the Day


Timings and content are approximate as I like to keep things flexible and responsive to writers’ needs on the day. I build in short breaks throughout, to keep everyone fresh.

9.30am-10.30am Arrival

Drinks, meet your facilitator Paul BC and other writers as they arrive, get settled. If you’re lost, delayed or cannot attend on the day it’s best to text me on 07834 188890.

Introductions

A warm welcome from Paul BC and introductions to your fellow writers for the day.

Warm-Up Writing

A short, fun warm-up writing exercise.

Morning Writing Session

Self-directed Writing - you get to work on what you planned to write. I’m available for support and suggestions if you get stuck.

Lunch

Time to relax, chat, network.

Afternoon Writing Session

Self-directed writing.

Reflecting on What You’ve Achieved

Time for self-reflection, opportunity to share thoughts with group.

Guest Writer Q&A

An informal round table discussion with our Guest Writer about the their pathway and experience of emerging as a writer.

We’ll also take a look at our LGBTQ+ Writers’ Resource List and related information sharing.




What Happens Next?


Harnessing the momentum. We’ll look at ways of keeping in touch and how Out on the Page supports writers after the day.

This includes signposting to our online Members’ Forum, our Keeping in Touch sheet, Online support and Social media.

Also, how to promote your writing via Out on the Page to new audiences.





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supporting emerging LGBTQ+ writers
Out on the Page was set up in 2018 as an experimental project to bring together LGBTQ+ writers to write, support each other and to share information and experience.
Since then, we have held one-writing retreats, workshops, groups and cafe casual meetings across England.  We have also set up an online writer directory and forum for emerging LGBTQ+ writers.
We have received Arts Council England funding for 2020 to sustain and develop our much-needed work, including online events.
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