online book writing course
Growing the writer and the book
the lost art of wasting time, and
the lost art of embracing what doesn't come easy.
Stephanie Dale, The Write Road
An award-winning writing initiative for everyday health and wellbeing.
We offer writing motivation, guidance and support for new and unpublished writers.
Our workshops are available to people who are isolated – geographically, institutionally, socially, culturally.
Book writing guide for new writers
“I know, right? You’ve got this book bottled up inside you that won’t let you go. And deep down you’re excited by the possibility of sharing your special wisdom with the world!
To be honest, I know what it’s like – and I know it’s also overwhelming, even terrifying, because you haven’t got a clue how to begin and you don’t have time anyway and it won’t leave you alone and what if ….
That’s why I wrote this little book – to help you to start, because here’s what I know thanks to a thousand people just like you:
“If the longing is there, so too is the ability.”
A series of writing workshops for everyday wellbeing. Everyday Writing includes our flagship workshop, Song of the Soul - an event that changes lives, as people claim the writer they were born to be.
Connecting families and communities through the power of story. These workshops celebrate belonging, giving visibility and voice to individual and collective identity.
One of the greatest challenges facing a writer is telling a story that has been told ten thousand thousand times. These workshops open the senses to writing about the wild and natural world. See Walk & Write adventure writing www.walkandwrite.com.au
A range of innovative workshops designed to empower individuals, communities and organisations to raise their voices in the public spheres of journalism, media, publishing and politics.
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Let's go for a wander and find the words to express your connection to the world around you.VIEW MORE
A beautiful gathering for people longing to begin work on writing projects.VIEW MORE
Writing and photography workshops that celebrate women's connection to remote landscapes.VIEW MORE
Australia is chock-full of people who are passionate about local values.VIEW MORE
Whose story is it anyway? Open your senses and let the countryside speak through you.VIEW MORE
Explore the advantages and pitfalls of myriad publishing options.VIEW MORE
Powerful tools for clarifying thoughts, solving problems, establishing new pathways.VIEW MORE
Establish yourself as a person of influence in the mediaVIEW MORE
People have stories to tell, towns have stories to be told! A delightful event that pools community wisdom.VIEW MORE
Stephanie Dale’s editing and publishing support has been exceptional. She generously navigated me through editing my manuscript, helping me transform a tedious process into a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience.
I love these workshops. Everyone always walks away two feet taller.
Brilliant, profound workshop.
Would be a good experience for all farmers.
I feel less isolated within my community through hearing how much we have in common.
In a country area I feel the isolation and this is something I feel reaches out to me.
Helped me let out feelings I had been hiding for a long time.
I believe in some way my life changed today.
Opened my eyes to ways that I can conquer my fears.
Stephanie Dale is a firecracker! She certainly lit a fire under me! She helped me to realize my dream.
Positive venture to distract from grief, loss and bureaucracy after the bush fires.
The Write Road has assisted in providing stress management and relief for individuals and families in western NSW ... I strongly encourage other services to work with Stephanie Dale to bring about change in peoples lives.
Stephanie Dale has the gift of clarity. She brings her strengths – ideas, courage, discipline, persistence and passion – to everything she takes on.
I learned more in the four hours I spent with Stephanie in the CONNECT workshop than I did in my 3 year marketing degree!
To build courage and confidence in new and unpublished writers.
Tell your story, your way.
Our vision is to get people writing,
Our objective is the resurrection of creativity in everyday life, as a priority for all people.
Far from ‘wasting time’ (the most common reason people give for not writing the story they long to write), taking time out to rest, renew, create is good for individuals, families and communities.
Research shows that writing has significant and measurable impacts on mental and physical health and wellbeing. A recent study in New Zealand found that severe wounds healed twice as fast in people who wrote whilst healing.
Writing can boost immune systems, raise spirits, relieve depression and even improve job prospects for the unemployed.
Who knows, writing may yet save national health budgets – it may even save a life.
Just about everybody has a story rattling around inside them, begging to be told.
Most often, people long to write a personal story, family story or community history. Some people have bold, ambitious stories hidden in their hearts.
What almost everybody has in common are the reasons for not writing their story.
The Write Road is dedicated to overcoming these imagined obstacles, exchanging their debilitating impact on the human spirit for courage, optimism and resilience. The writing, begun.
We are on a mission to empower people to tell their story, their way.
There’s nothing like a long walk to get to know the voices in your head. It’s hilarious really . . . until you realise those voices are shaping every moment of every day of your life. Some years ago, I walked across Italy and through the Balkans. I was heading to Istanbul . . .Read more . . .
The unknown is good for us. I know, right? It’s terrifying! At times, anyway. Even those of us uncommonly drawn to the Unknown, and its life partner Change, suffer moments of holy f***, what am I doing here! Or, its sadder counterpart, ‘why me?’ Walking and writing are leaders, both. Where one leads us . . .Read more . . .
There is a calling within you to write. You know it. You long to tend to it. You ignore it. You are not alone. In more than three years on The Write Road this I have learned: just about every human being longs to write. (And just about every single one of us needs guidance, encouragement and support to start . . .Read more . . .
The Camino wrecked me for an ordinary life. I’d pretty much failed that test anyway, however walking 32 days straight for more than 900kms – for all its agonies and ecstasies – left me with one giant impossibility: I never wanted to come inside again. No matter how beautiful the home, no matter precious the objects in it, no matter ... (fill in your story), none of it compares to a wild . . .Read more . . .
6-week book writing motivation course that will help you plan your book and get you started on your writing. Live engagement with your facilitator and your writing buddies. 8 places only.Contact us for more information!
Cathie came along to a writing workshop 3 years ago to take her mind off the drought that had turned her Come-By-Chance property to dust. In October she launched her book of stories about Australian bush women.Diamonds in the Dust
Foundation media training that prepares you for stepping up your social media & news media game. It takes courage to claim your vision! And preparation to step out confidently.Aim high, shoot straight!
“The purpose of The Write Road is recovery – recovering human voices that have fallen silent, recovering spirits that are suffering for lack of hope, recovering the will to claim what is rightfully ours.” That is: the right to raise our voices, the right to visibility - and the right to write. Stephanie Dale delivers the keynote at the CRANAplus national conference in Alice Springs.
Wander & write your way along the Camino! We have two 11-day Camino walks planned for 2018, in April and October. Join us as we walk the ancient trail, stopping in iconic villages and cafes to write, pausing to reflect by the old streams and hilltops.Visit us at Walk & Write for more information!
The most common reason people in our workshops give for not writing is …. the fear of wasting time! If you have a story rattling around inside you and you want to know why wasting time is important, read Stephanie Dale's editorial in Country Web.Country Web editorial
Congratulations Liz Chappell on the launch of her first book, Celebrate the Seasons: A garden memoir of New England. ``Your workshops last year certainly put me on track and I've taken your suggestions on board - I'm delighted with the production of my gardening book.``Check out Celebrate the Seasons!
The pipes, the pipes are calling ... can you imagine, walking the old trail through the Scottish Highlands. 10 days, just you, a small group of writing buddies and your writing facilitator. New writers welcome! Join us, we'd love to share the journey.
Congratulations Kylie Fisher! Kylie won the Western Region Light and Life Photograph Competition open section. ``This all started by being encouraged to follow my dream after attending your writing workshop - thank you!``Life & Light entries
This one’s for the storytellers of the west! Thank you for your support for our workshops, programs and events. And our thanks to Women Out West for acknowledging The Write Road’s commitment and contribution to community in rural and remote areas.
A powerful event - the Campfire Celebration of Storytelling we held at Bourke's Festival of 1000 Stories. Random strangers reading the work of first-time writers around the fire beneath a stormy outback night.Read the stories!
Our Youth Media Project delivers practical media training that empowers young people to take ownership of their relationship to the world around them. Tell your story, your way!Talk to us!
The Write Road is available to travel anywhere on Earth where people would like a hand telling their stories.
If you’d like us to come your way sooner rather than later, contact us!
We look forward to meeting you.