By Trish Bowman
Inspired by the successful Friday Writing Sessions of the Queensland Writers Center (QWC), Yeppoon author Amy Andrews worked with the QWC to bring the experience to Yeppoon for writers in Central Queensland.
Ms Andrews, formerly a registered nurse, wrote her first book in 1992 and has published 82 books with three more due to be published this year.
The 30-year-old veteran author said finding a routine that works for you and an environment free of distractions is key to reaching your writing goals.
The Free Workshop is a volunteer-run program for writers of all skill levels to connect them with other writers in their local community and provide a space where they can cultivate their writing habit, following Pomodora technique.
Amy said the technique involves using a projected timer to write, or perform a writing-related task, in blocks of 25 minutes, followed by five-minute breaks before starting again.
“The idea behind the method is to train the mind to work efficiently to hit smaller targets, improving your overall writing time and productivity,” Amy said.
“I’ve always treated my writing like a job with word count goals for each day.
“As writers, we are responsible to ourselves to make sure we achieve our goals. This workshop is a fabulous way to find a dedicated writing time routine.
“Often people go home after the workshop and recreate the writing environment they learned in the workshop.
“The workshop creates a useful ‘hack’ that people can take away.”
Originally the sessions were to take place on Mondays, but due to unforeseen circumstances they have now changed to Tuesdays.
The first session starts on Tuesday, March 29 at 12:15 p.m. in the Yeppoon Community Center garage next to the library.
Sessions last three hours and end at 3:30 p.m.
Writing Tuesdays will take place every Tuesday, except for the second Tuesday of the month, providing writers with three dedicated sessions each month to push those creative ideas forward.
Bring anything you would normally use for writing; pens, paper, laptop, device and don’t forget your creativity.
Please call Amy on 0149 649 278 or Dr Jeanette Neden on 0451 138 401 for more information and to register your attendance.