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The Blog: a guided tour

It was January 2015 when, inspired by a weekend of baking bread with Mick Hartley The Partisan Baker, I composed my first post for The Freewriter’s Companion. I had two aims. One was to popularize freewriting, a liberating and fertile method of smashing writing blocks and of generating material that can form the basis of […]

Where Does Freewriting Come From?

I began this website because, as a lecturer on Surrealism and a private addict of freewriting, I was amazed that no one seemed to connect the two. Surrealism comes from Freud, via Breton The Surrealist movement was kicked off by the practice of automatic writing (art came later). Surrealist automatic writing uses essentially the same […]

Become a Writer in Ten Minutes a Week

Every Friday morning since the beginning of January I have been sending ten-minute freewriting exercises to my subscribers completely free of charge. Each one contains a new freewriting prompt plus some advice about how to go about using it (see some examples here). The prompts are specifically designed to work with the basic unit of […]

Tanning at the Tate!

The artist Dorothea Tanning lived to the age of 101.  Her long career as a painter, sculptor and writer is being celebrated now at Tate Modern in London.  And what a celebration!  For as long as Dali is better known than Dora Maar and Man Ray outstrips Lee Miller in terms of fame, the mounting […]