I'm married with two young sons and I have a part-time job that I work alongside my writing. The little downtime I get is spent with friends and family. Life is very hectic. The time I actually spend writing is at a premium and very precious to me but it doesn't always work out. Sometimes things crop up that kill any chance of spending time in front of my keyboard. Sound familiar?
I used to love going to the London Screenwriters Festival, a wonderful three-day break away from everyday life spent in the company of like-minded people, immersing myself in everything screenwriting, absorbing new information and making new connections. When I returned home I'd always be tired but recharged, refreshed, motivated and eager to get going pursuing fresh leads and ideas. LSWF set me up for the whole year but I was always left wanting more, desperate for more time to turn that renewed enthusiasm into words on the page. If you have ever felt the same, then like me you probably wish there was somewhere you could go for a week where the only thing you have to worry about is your writing. The EZ Going Guest House Screenwriting Retreat is the perfect opportunity that offers you exactly that.
There are only ten places available and the early bird price of £550 ends on the 31st of January, where after it will be at the full price of £699. The cost for a non-participant of the course is £440. You can find the details of the retreat below and the link to the Eventbrite page HERE.
A SCREENWRITING RETREAT TO HELP KICKSTART YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FOR 2019!
The EZ Going Guest House - Screenwriting Retreat - March 2019
The EZ Going Guest House is a large, private villa in Sesimbra, Portugal, offering a stress-free environment where you can relax and free your creativity to focus on your writing.
You have an idea - you may even have some words on the page - but everyday life keeps getting in the way of finishing your project. This is where the EZ Going Guest House Screenwriting Retreat will help.
We will spark your imagination, allow you to experiment with form and storytelling and workshop your idea amongst a group of like-minded supportive peers. The week will be productive, creative and fun, giving you the space to fall in love with your writing and providing you with the tools and the freedom to get it done.
You will be supported by our expert tutor who will help you explore and develop your writing in informal morning group sessions, where you can hone your craft with an inspirational mix of workshops and one-to-one advice. Then after lunch, you will be allowed the freedom and space to write, to step away from your normal routine and immerse yourself in the creative process without distractions. Regrouping over the evening meal, you will be free to discuss the day's progress, socialise or even get down to another productive session of writing.
At the end of the week, you will leave with fresh insight into your project, a new support network and more importantly a volume of completed work.
6 nights' accommodation in a private room in the villa.
Full Board (local wine with the evening meal).
Unlimited tea, coffee and water.
5 days' tuition and guidance.
Materials not included.
Price is based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room. We aim to avoid single person supplements, but please check with us as it depends on availability.
Partners not wishing to join in the writing (or other organised activity) receive a discount of €250 (from full price not inc offers).
Flights to Portugal.
Airport transfer or pick-up (Lisbon airport pick-up additional €45pp both ways).
I've been feeling like a fool since last week's blog disaster. I should have checked the wording before publishing. I thought I had but clearly, the revised version hadn't saved. No idea why. So I can understand how I might have offended some. But I'm a grown-up and when I make a mistake I'm happy to put my hand up, admit it and apologise.
On the plus side, the fallout served as a perfect example of the message I was trying to get across; how to present yourself on social media without making yourself look like an idiot. Unfortunately, I wasn't the only one who failed to achieve this.
Several people who were upset with me politely pointed out my mistake and brought me to task on it. Good. A few even contacted me directly to chat about it. This was good also. Most could see the point I was trying to make even if they didn't agree with it. It's OK to disagree with others. I have enjoyed the debates I've had with a few people since.
However, there were about four or five people on Twitter who let their anger get the better of them and their common sense to evaporate, including two usual suspects. If there's an online disagreement you can guarantee one or both of them will be there, right at the forefront. They don't seem to be able to help themselves. They'll viciously attack anyone who dares to disagree with them, rounding up and inciting their friends to gang up against their victims in greater numbers. Even when you point out they're wrong for doing so they'll continue to argue that they're justified, regardless. It appears to be a lot worse on Twitter. I don't know what it is about only having 280 characters to get your message across that makes people so aggressive at times. You would think as writers we could communicate in a better way other than simply freeing our animal instincts to attack what we fear or don't understand.
Constructive criticism is fine. Viciously attacking someone because their views differ from yours isn't. It's bullying plain and simple. And it's especially cowardly to do so from behind a keyboard. I don't care what reasoning you use to vindicate yourself for hurling abuse at a person, there is no excuse for it. Nothing can justify a personal attack on anyone. Nothing! It's called 'trolling'! The irony is these two are using the very thing to attack others they claim to be against. Hate is hate in whatever form it might rear its ugly head and if you peddle it you're just as bad as the others you accuse of doing the same.
Be kind! Play safe! And if you can't do so then get off social media for good. Happy writing!