Writing in a Winter Wonderland

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but writing is so delightful… in good company, that is. This time last year, I facilitated my first in-person retreat and since then, a lot has changed. We had no idea then that if we wanted to meet to write, we would have to do so online. But nowContinue reading “Writing in a Winter Wonderland”

Pitch perfect

Writing is a long, hard process; but even if you craft the perfect manuscript, you still need to persuade people to read it! That’s a very different skill, and the opportunities come and go suddenly: in a hallway, over tea or coffee, even in an elevator. Can you sum up months or years of workContinue reading “Pitch perfect”

The collective energy makes it work

“The collective energy makes it work” “You are responsible to the others during that time – even if you don’t feel like writing, you will” “It gave me the needed spark to get back into the writing mode after a long break” “An excellent way to actually get myself to sit down and write, somethingContinue reading “The collective energy makes it work”

Here comes the science bit – concentrate!

Even if the content of your work hasn’t changed that much lately, everything else has, so your concentration might be less than perfect. These ideas aren’t rocket science, but recently they helped me focus on writing (and editing and translating), so I hope they help you concentrate on your work too. And if you don’tContinue reading “Here comes the science bit – concentrate!”

Too far, too close? Write.

“To protect their own lives and health, people have to reduce personal contact to a minimum. Finland has been preparing for this moment throughout its entire history” tweet by Jari Tervo, Finnish author This may be partly why I have found the last two weeks just fine at first, and then suddenly overwhelming – afterContinue reading “Too far, too close? Write.”

Retreat into Summer

Summer still seems a long way away, but it will be here before we know it, and you might be looking to carve out some more writing time when other commitments such as classes end. Kick-start your summer writing with Ridge Writing Retreats at our two-day writing retreats on Thursday and Friday 7&8 May andContinue reading “Retreat into Summer”

Think globally, write locally – and save the planet?

I started facilitating writing retreats partly out of flight shame. Every year, I go to meet colleagues at several conferences all over Europe, which means a lot of flying. At METM19, we felt this had to change: translators and editors need to take more environmental responsibility. In 2020, I decided to invest most of myContinue reading “Think globally, write locally – and save the planet?”

Two-day retreat at the Writers’ House

Our first two-day retreat will be held at the Writers’ House (Kirjailijatalo) on Thursday-Friday 23-24 January, 2020. This is the view from the garden, overlooking the old buildings of the University of Jyväskylä. The house has some residential writers living on the top floor, and a sauna in the basement which we can use onContinue reading “Two-day retreat at the Writers’ House”

First day retreat at the Local Culture Hostel

We had our first day retreat at The Local Culture Hostel on 15 November 2019. Thank you to everyone who came along to try this out for the first time! We were in the meeting room, but the cafe is a great place to write on your own and refuel with vegan cakes and snacks.Continue reading “First day retreat at the Local Culture Hostel”