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We offer writing motivation, guidance and support for new and unpublished writers.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
In a country area I feel the isolation and this is something I feel reaches out to me.
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’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.
Helped me let out feelings I had been hiding for a long time.
I learned more in the four hours I spent with Stephanie in the CONNECT workshop than I did in my 3 year marketing degree!
Stephanie Dale is a firecracker! She certainly lit a fire under me! She helped me to realize my dream.
I love these workshops. Everyone always walks away two feet taller.
Opened my eyes to ways that I can conquer my fears.
Stephanie Dale has the gift of clarity. She brings her strengths – ideas, courage, discipline, persistence and passion – to everything she takes on.
Brilliant, profound workshop.
Positive venture to distract from grief, loss and bureaucracy after the bush fires.
Would be a good experience for all farmers.
I feel less isolated within my community through hearing how much we have in common.
I believe in some way my life changed today.
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 . . .
Light comes slowly to the Bogan River. I'm lazing beneath the straggly gums by the riverbank on a fold out chair, a freshly brewed cuppa warming my hands. The muddy brown water is dark and still in the clouded light. The early pelicans glide by, ripples on the water giving them away. I glance over at the bar shed nearby . . .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 . . .
It was always going to be a wild weekend, driving the dog fence with a pair of Tibooburra’s spirited women. Vicki Crozier was in town to deliver kelpie pups to her mates who run the stations in NSW’s remote top corner. Phyllis Ainsworth was in town for the weekend to say g’day to Vicki and repair the tyre rods on her Landcruiser. I was in town because . . .Read more . . .
Calling all remote &/or isolated writers! This series of online writing courses will get you started on your writing, get you focused on your book or help you finish your book. Overcome isolation, meet writing buddies!Numbers are limited! 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 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.” The Write Road founder Stephanie Dale delivering the keynote address at the CRANAplus national conference in Alice Springs.
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.