Claire Askewis creating Motivation and mentoring for writers
You'll receive an email from me once per fortnight, gently encouraging (read: nagging) you to get on with your writing.
This email will include a message from me with words of inspiration, suggested reading, writing prompts and stimulus. It's designed to help:
- those of you who're staring down a blank page with not a single idea in your head
- those of you who have a great idea but don't know how to start
- those of you who are 60k words in and stuck
- anyone in between
You'll receive my fortnightly nag email, and also a monthly writing newsletter straight to your inbox.
(Some of you will remember this from my previous foray into Patreon -- indeed, it's back by popular demand.) It's a bumper email containing:
- current submission calls
- open writing contests
- funding opportunities
- workshops and residency opportunities
- writing jobs
I scour the internet every month looking for good writing opportunities (and weeding out the dodgy ones) so you don't have to, basically. You're welcome.
A monthly audio workshop series that puts a seasoned creative writing teacher in your pocket.
Every month, you'll be sent a roughly hour-long audio creative writing workshop, full of original content from me, containing the following:
- some fun facts and info to ground you in that particular month and help you set writing goals
- some highlighted writing opportunities coming up that month
- ideas for artist dates (a concept invented by Julia Cameron) to take yourself on each month
- short readings from inspiring, seasonal texts
- journalling / planning / goal setting prompts to get you ready for writing
- writing prompts to help you create new pieces, or add new ideas to works in progress
Best enjoyed in a quiet hour with a notebook and a cup of tea, the workshops are straightforward but soothing: a bit of motivational self-care for writers!
(You get all the stuff in the lower tiers too, of course!)
About Claire Askew
My name is Claire Askew. I'm the author of the novels All The Hidden Truths (2018), and What You Pay For (2019), both published by Hodder & Stoughton, and the poetry collection This changes things (Bloodaxe, 2016). I have been a Scottish Book Trust Reading Champion; Schools Writer in Residence for both Scottish Book Trust and the Edinburgh International Book Festival; I was the 2017 Jessie Kesson Fellow, and I've also worked as Writer in Residence at the University of Edinburgh.
All The Hidden Truths won the 2016 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress, and the 2019 McIlvanney Debut Prize. It was longlisted for the Authors Club First Novel Award, and shortlisted for the 2019 CWA Debut Dagger and Gold Dagger, and the 2020 Gladstone's Library Writer in Residence Award.
This changes things was shortlisted for an Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, the Seamus Heaney Centre Poetry Prize, the Saltire First Book Prize, and the Michael Murphy Memorial Award. Poems from the book won the Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize and the International Salt Prize for Poetry.
I'm here to offer motivation and mentoring for writers.
Depending on how much you pledge, you can sign up for anything from a fortnightly do-your-writing-already email, to a full package of mentoring in person or via Skype. And trust me, I know a thing or two about motivation: as a freelancer I routinely juggle up to four different contracts alongside my writing; I'd completed a PhD by the age of 26, and I wrote my second novel in just eight months.
I'm also an experienced teacher and mentor. I hold a PDA in Adult Teaching and have ten years of experience working one-to-one and with groups, in pretty much any educational setting you can imagine. I started out as a one-to-one tutor before becoming a Further Education lecturer, then moving into community-based project work. Recently, I've worked in high schools and taught on the University of Edinburgh's MSc Creative Writing programme. I'm one of the Scotland tutors for women's fiction writing course Write Like A Grrrl!, and I've delivered one-off workshops in prisons, homeless shelters and churches.
I believe creative writing -- like any other craft -- can be taught, and I believe anyone can learn to be a better, more confident, more consistent writer. Yes, even you.