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Group Writing Project: Your Ideal Writing Weekend

I just wanted to let you know about a group writing project that we’ve launched in connection with our writing workshops in Italy.

It’s on the theme of your ideal writing weekend. It’s partly to give us great ideas and suggestions that we’ll use to plan the shape and content of the workshops scheduled for next spring (second half of April / early May).

You can find out more about the competition here, but meantime here are the ‘rules’ (I do hate that word! but it’s a competition, so I suppose we do need them):

My Ideal Writing Weekend

Tell us about the ingredients of your ideal writing weekend. That might be a weekend you’ve already enjoyed, one that you’ve got planned, or one that you’re hoping to take part in, some day.

You might talk about how this relates to the writing process: getting past writer’s block, finding the right words, tapping into your muse.

Feel free to relate your piece to your writing or blogging purpose

You can include a mixture of pictures and words, with a word limit of 500 words.

Posting Guidelines:

1. Post your entry on your own blog by midnight Friday 1st August Monday 1st September (your time): Please note extension to deadline

2. Link back to Absorbing Writing: Writing Workshops In Italy

3. Send us an e-mail at to make sure we’ve got your entry

4. Let your readers know it’s part of a competition - who knows, they might want to join in!

5. Keep it G rated please :-)


The winning entry will be the most convincing description of an ideal writing weekend.

Entries will be judged by Lea Woodward of Location Independent … whose decision will be final.

Prizes on offer

1st prize: £50 ($100) Amazon gift card

2nd prize: £25 ($50) Amazon gift card

Runners up: 3 x £5 ($10) Amazon gift card

Link Love for Participants

We’ll post a round up of entries on our 3 linked blogs, which means a link from:

Absorbing Writing

Confident Writing

How to Italy

Sound good? It makes me think of writing with freedom for sure, so I hope that lots of you will feel inspired to take part.

Happy writing!

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

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  1. Scott McIntyre says:

    Can I be bold and ask what a G rating is, Joanna?

    I wish everyone the best with this competition. It’ll be great to read the responses ;-)

  2. Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Scott, of course

    It’s a nod to my American readers. G rating is from the US film classification system - suitable for general audiences

    I was going to include the UK version then got into a fankle as to whether it was U, or PG, or something else that would make me feel old because I was referring to a system 20 years out of date… and gave up :-)


  3. Karen Swim
    Twitter: karenswim

    ROFL! Joanna, I got excited about the contest and then read the comments and fell apart with laughter at your quandary with the rating system. LOL! This is a wonderful idea and Lea will be a wonderful judge. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on for this one. Thanks for always inspiring us to write Joanna!

    Karen xx

  4. Alina Popescu
    Twitter: alina_popescu

    Joanna, this contest sounds wonderful! I already have an idea about it, but I want to think hard before putting it on paper.

    If anyone ever needs to know it is AG in Romania - Audienta Generala - General audiences that it :)

    Thanks for the constant inspiration,

  5. Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson

    Karen, Alina I’m glad you’re feeling inspired already!

    I’m glad my fankle made you laugh. I think I’ll use Audienta Generala in future :-)