“For a week I became an honorary woman. Eleven women and me, all intent on learning the rudiments of how to write a memoir. I went home with my manhood intact, but I also left the Watermill knowing considerably more about the shortcuts and methods of chronicling my life. Under the careful, learned and sympathetic supervision of Jo Parfitt, I am now twelve chapters into my magnum opus and not a morning passes when I don’t refer to the notes and advice Jo passed onto me.”
“It’s there, with Jo’s guidance, that I found my ‘voice’ and the belief that I could convey my passion for telling stories of people, culture and history through writing. There are times when we need to step out of our comfort zone. I had previously taught English in Japan, Qatar and Oman, but felt there was something more I should be doing. I arrived at the Watermill through serendipity, through a book borrowed, which led me to Jo and the enticement of the course and setting. Yet I believe that the art of serendipity is not luck. It’s putting yourself in a situation which might reveal something new about yourself and bear fruit.”
“Jo and the Summertime team believed in my vision, then encouraged and challenged me through the process of crafting my book. I can’t overstate the value their services added to my work. ”
Tanya Crossman, Australia, author of Misunderstood: The Impact of Growing Up Overseas in the 21st Century. Misunderstood.
“Crammed full of techniques, tips, insights and inspiration, this course covers everything you want to know about writing articles (and more). The exercises are not only brilliantly structured, but also empowering and exciting. It’s the best foundation for anyone wanting to harness their expat experiences and get them out there on paper.”
Ginny Philps, Malaysia, on Definite Articles course 2016