Get back to writing

Summer stretches gloriously before us. If you’re in Finland, the holidays are well underway. You won’t expect to hear from your colleagues again for the rest of this month. And if you’re elsewhere in Europe, you still have time to get yourself to Helsinki for 18 and 19 August. Why come to Helsinki? To joinContinue reading “Get back to writing”

Spring into Writing 2022: join us on retreat!

The days are getting longer. The clocks will soon change. Our Wednesday writing group finds the sun rising earlier means we’re waking up earlier. Does that give us more time to write? Finally being back on campus or in the office has been brilliant for meeting in person again. But that means more time gettingContinue reading “Spring into Writing 2022: join us on retreat!”

Writing in a Winter Wonderland 2022

In January 2020, we wrote together in a winter wonderland and it was wonderful. At the Writers’ House in Jyväskylä, the snow started falling just as we finished writing. I knew we’d do it again soon… Two years on, we have come to value our time together in person even more. It is precious, whenContinue reading “Writing in a Winter Wonderland 2022”

A Room of Our Own

Virginia Woolf was clear: £500 a year and a room of one’s own is what one needs to write. More than a century later, more than a year in, we are still mostly stuck in our rooms, but whether those rooms are solely our own is another question. Unlike many, for me the move toContinue reading “A Room of Our Own”

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”