The next Short Course
The next short course I am planning is ‘Listening to the Waves’ in October 2019. It is an exciting two-day course that will look at the oral tradition and how prose writers can listen to the patterns of their sentences and the sounds of words to make their prose more interesting and pleasurable for readers. In the course we will read work aloud and draw the patterns of sound and sentences.
At time of writing (May) ‘Listening to the Waves’ is not on the Kahini website yet, but we hope to run this course in late October.
One to One Writing Services
In our minds, on good days, writers have a picture of what we hope a writing project will become. But sometimes it is hard to see a finished shape amongst all the words. If you are lucky you might have friends, colleagues and relatives who will cast an eye over your work and tell you what they think. But what if they all say different things? How do you know which piece of advice to follow? And how do you make your writing more like its best parts? If you have a writing project underway and you want to develop it further, you may reach a point where you need a response from a professional who will help you take your writing in the direction you are aiming for.
There might be something you want to focus on right now, like an application for a course, or maybe you want to assemble your manuscript for submission to a publisher, or you might be looking for the support of an interested critical friend for your project to help you develop it over a longer time. Pinklight Writing Services offers two services to give you a professional view of how your work is progressing and help you make it the best it can be.
A Manuscript Review is designed to help you with a project that needs a thorough read, an unbiased assessment, and constructive criticism about how to make it better. A Manuscript Review begins with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your goals, your views of the manuscript as it stands and the focus for the review. After that a contract is developed to specify the focus and the cost. You will receive written feedback on general writing technique in the manuscript and how to get closer to your goals. If you would like you can also have a follow-up phone call, email, or Skype session to discuss the feedback. You can choose whether to send a sample of your manuscript or the whole. Cost is based on time required.
One-to-one Mentoring gives you access to an experienced writer and teacher who will work with you over time to help you develop your writing project to the next stage. You choose what aspects of your writing project you and the mentor will focus on and you choose the time period.
Mentoring starts with a free half hour discussion with Lynn about your writing project, what you want to work on and how you want to do this. After this a contract is developed. Cost is based on the time required. Mentoring ends with a written report on progress, suggesting where you might take your work next. If you would like you can also have a follow-up phone call, email, or Skype session to discuss the feedback. Lynn will be the mentor for most non-fiction and poetry projects, but if your project is fiction, Lynn may offer you a fiction specialist as your mentor.
About Lynn Jenner
Lynn Jenner specialises in writing creative non-fiction, memoir, literary essays and poetry. Lynn’s most recent book, Lost and Gone Away, was a non-fiction finalist in the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2016. Her first book, Dear Sweet Harry, won the New Zealand Society of Authors Best First Book of Poetry prize in 2011. Lynn has a PhD in creative writing. She has taught poetry and memoir, supervised and mentored undergraduate and post-graduate writing students, examined creative writing Masters projects, written reader’s reports for publishers, advised writers on manuscript assembly and published research about how the teaching of Creative Writing works. Lynn’s feedback is supportive and encouraging and also honest.
CLICK HERE to contact me and discuss getting started. If neither of these services seems like what you are looking for, you are welcome to contact me to discuss how things might work best for you.
In 2018 and 2019 I taught a short course on Essay writing through the University of Otago Summer School.
Here is what some participants said:
‘I expected some rather limp writing exercises and not much else; I didn’t expect to be so inspired by the atmosphere, the exercises, the feedback, the thoughtfulness of the comments, and the insightful Lynn.’
‘I got more done and it pushed me more than expected!’
‘I thought it was brilliant and would love to do it all over again.’
‘I loved the freedom of it. I knew I’d be inspired but I didn’t necessarily expect to be set free (in a sense).’
‘The best thing was the tutor, her person, experience, way she approached structuring the week, and her positive encouragement.’
‘The best thing was the very skilled facilitation that gave us information, confidence and stimulus.’
In 2017,2018 and 2019 I taught short community-based courses in Kāpiti through Kahini Oceania on Memoir writing and Essay writing.
Here is what some participants said:
‘Lynn Jenner was an excellent tutor. She made the workshop relevant for a group of people who were quite different from each other in terms of their projects or writing experience and I personally felt completely affirmed in terms of my project and my expectations for what I might finally do with it. I liked the way that she had prepared for the participants by finding readings which were both relevant to our individual projects and also a means of showing us how we might extend our ideas.’
‘I found the workshop was very well facilitated in that everyone got a chance to speak – not one person dominated the group. Setting up a constructed way of giving and receiving feedback was very beneficial.’