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THE WRITE ROAD

Building courage and confidence through writing for people who are isolated –
geographically, institutionally, socially and culturally.

EVERYDAY WRITING

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.

COMMUNITY STORYTELLING

Connecting families and communities through the power of story. These workshops celebrate belonging, giving visibility and voice to individual and collective identity.

ADVENTURE WRITING

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 natural world.

OTHER GOOD STUFF

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.

The Write Road offers a range of writing and communications workshops, all of which can be tailored to meet the needs of specific groups. For example, Creative Journaling can be adapted for high school students and the newly literate. Song of the Soul is wonderful for would-be writers as well as people navigating change.

 

Hover on the images below for more information about specific workshops.

  • Walk & Write

    Let's go for a wander and find the words to express your connection to the world around you.

  • Song of the Soul

    A beautiful gathering for people longing to begin work on writing projects.

  • Her Place

    Writing and photography workshops that celebrate women's connection to remote landscapes.

  • How to launch a political career

    Australia is chock-full of people who are passionate about local values.

  • Writing the Wild

    Whose story is it anyway? Open your senses and let the countryside speak through you.

  • Introduction to Book Publishing

    Explore the advantages and pitfalls of myriad publishing options.

  • Creative Journaling

    Powerful tools for clarifying thoughts, solving problems, establishing new pathways.

  • Citizen Journalism for Beginners

    Establish yourself as a person of influence in the media

  • Catching Stories

    People have stories to tell, towns have stories to be told! A delightful event that pools community wisdom.

WHAT THEY SAY

VISION

The Write Road is an award-winning creative mental health & wellbeing initiative that delivers writing & communications workshops, training & support to people who are isolated.

Our vision is to get the nation 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. 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.

 

We are on a mission to empower people to tell their story, their way.

THE WRITE ROAD FACTS

629

STORIES BEGUN

153

WORKSHOPS DELIVERED

44

TOWNS VISITED

46644

KILOMETRES TRAVELLED

NEWS

WRITE OF PASSAGE - kickstart your creativity!

Calling all remote &/or isolated writers! Our next 12-week online creativity booster course starts soon. This course will equip new and unpublished writers with skills to coax out stories and introduce techniques to help you express your ideas clearly.

WRITING IS A WASTE OF TIME!

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 need an explanation for why wasting time is important, read Stephanie Dale's editorial in the current edition of Country Web.

CELEBRATIONS!

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.``

YOUR STORY: Your life depends on it

“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.” Thank you CRANAplus for inviting The Write Road founder Stephanie Dale to deliver the keynote address at the national conference in Alice Springs recently. Our story is our lifeline!

KYLIE'S PHOTOS KICKING GOALS

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!``

WOMEN OUT WEST AWARD

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 work in rural and remote areas. Founder Stephanie Dale was honoured to accept the 2014 Women Out West Award for Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Creativity.

CAMPFIRE CELEBRATION OF STORYTELLING

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. The stories are available for download - click the link below.

YOUTH MEDIA PROJECT

The Youth Media Project is our latest initiative for the west - its focus is delivering practical media training - news journalism and photography - to youth in socially and geographically isolated areas, empowering them to tell their story, their way. They will learn the basic skills they need to define and take ownership of their relationship to the world around them.

GET SOCIAL

Writing & communications inspiration, motivation, guidance, training & support – we specialise in isolation!

TALK TO US

To discuss The Write Road coming your way or to book Stephanie Dale as a speaker

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU

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.

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