Monday, 21 June 2010

Three Chances to Win

Happy Summer Solstice! The sun is shining and I want to run around barefoot and eat honeycomb ice cream. 

There is just one week to go until the summer session of the Handmade Writer e-course starts on 28th June. If you want to spend your summer writing then this course just might be perfect for you. You will find oodles of encouragement, plenty of creative stimulus and I will (gently) critique every word you write. That, plus sunshine, sounds good to me. 
To celebrate both the run-up to the course and the summertime, I have partnered up with Diana at Our City Lights and Jenn and Amanda at Kind Over Matter to offer you three chances to win a place on the summer session of the Handmade Writer e-course.

Here's what you do:

1. Go over to visit Diana at Our City Lights and leave a comment telling her why you would benefit from a place on the Handmade Writer e-course. You have until Sunday 27th June to enter.

2. Go over to Kind Over Matter and leave a for comment for Jenn and Amanda telling them your absolute favourite part of summer. You have until noon on Friday 25th June to enter.  

3. Leave me a comment here, telling me about the piece of writing that most inspires you. This could be your favourite book, a poem that makes your heart beat faster or a memoir that makes you cry. You have until Friday 25th June to enter.

You can enter all three giveaways if you want.

Of course, if you want to sign up to Handmade Writer right away, you can do that here.

If you want more information about the e-course to see if it's right for you go here. If you want to read what people have said about the e-course so far, go here.

I can't wait to welcome you onto the e-course and get the summer of writing started.


  1. You don't make things easy do you? The piece that *most* inspires me? I don't think I can narrow it down that far [or anywhere near!].

    Rather than sit and trawl through all the alternatives I'm going with the authors that first popped into my head ... so allow me to offer up Hamlet and Andrew Miller's 'Ingenious Pain' as the works which take my breath away every time.

    I'll now have to sit back while Miller and Shakespeare fight it out inside my brain ... maybe if I sit really still, with a pen in my hand I might be able to channel their creative energies down my arm .... ;)

    Thanks for the chance to win a place.

    Julie :)

  2. Wilfred Owen's war poem, Dulce et Decorum Est because it makes me remember why we must fight for peace and also take responsibility for forging peace in our own lives and communities

  3. Wow, what a great competition!

    Some of my favourite writing is a series of poems written by my great grandmother to my great grand father while he was away fighting during World War One. They're so romantic and beautiful against a backdrop of so much destruction, uncertainty and absence.

    Elle x

  4. The poem, "From Blossoms," by Li-Young Lee, stirs something deep within me with every reading. The first time I heard it was when my dear poet friend chose the poem to read at our wedding. It was a perfect moment and a beautiful poem, particularly the third stanza. I've read it many times since that day, and even used it as inspiration in my artwork.

  5. I love this contest!

    The single book that's inspired me most is probably The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. And the poem Mad Girl's Love Song by Plath still makes my heart flutter every time I read it.

    It's hard to explain why these inspire me, or why I love them so much. It's just kind of a visceral connection.

  6. I'm a teacher so I'm inspired by the books that capture my students' interest! (Seriously, holding a thirteen year old's attention is amazing!) I like Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Lois Lowry's writing.

  7. The first time I read Cut by Sylvia Plath, I was amazed at the writer's ability to take the simple mistake of cutting your thumb and transform it into a beautiful poem full of imagery. The Collector by John Fowler opened my eyes to an authors ability to switch gears and show the reader both sides of the story. There are so many authors that inspire me just for their courage to share the written word.

  8. Thank you all for sharing! It has been lovely to read your responses to my question.

    I will announce the winner on Friday so there is still time to enter.