About the Founder (Writing Into Freedom)...
Dr. Conohar Scott School of Film and Media University of Lincoln (UK)
I created Writing Into Freedom because I've witnessed so much artistic suffering with SO many writers over the years: wonderful and genuine people who brim with a yearning to write, but can't quite seem to get there. Thousands of poems, novels, short stories, plays... never realised. For so many people I work with, inspiration simply isn't at their fingertips, and their muse has her mouth (mostly) zipped firmly shut.
Award-winning author and educator Mario Petrucci has taught and mentored writers for over three decades, generating unique creative writing resources internationally. He is a qualified teacher, lecturer and educationalist with a wealth of experience working with children and adults. He has also published numerous books and won major writing competitions across the globe.
Mario has created Writing Into Freedom as a way of passing on his very best writing resources and techniques to writers everywhere, for free, quickly and effectively.
I’ve worked with thousands of students and writers, and we’ve never failed to produce something of value together. I mean an entirely new perspective on writing and a fresh relationship with your creative self.
I’ve mentored 80-year-olds who’d endured writer’s block for decades, convinced they’d never write again. I’ve helped university students who, as kids, had been excited and moved by literature and poetry, but who needed, as adults, to get out of a writing rut. And I’ve guided women who sensed their deepest truths were locked away behind thick doors of self-doubt, confusion and endless childcare.
What I find is always the same. With a little guidance – the right kind of guidance – and a smattering of tried-and-tested techniques, those doors begin to open. Actually, the windows open too – and even the rafters begin to spread their woody arms to the sky...
I recently challenged myself to write 1111 poems from utter scratch. This would be my magnum opus, my writing pinnacle! But why wait for the muse to ‘strike’? There had to be a way to let creativity happen in me each time it was needed, even when I didn’t feel up to it.
But what if I had nothing to say? 1111 times, without fail, it all worked out. Why? Because I’m a genius? Not at all. Because I’m really, really talented? Well, not quite! It’s because I’d found and practised a raft of sure-fire techniques that make language happen.
The exercises in Writing Into Freedom won’t give you 1111 poems; but something happens for just about everyone using them. For 30 years, I've worked with every kind of writer imaginable: I’ve yet to pull a blank.
Please enjoy all the FREE resources on this site. Go well!
“An amazing teacher... it wasn't until now that I understood the difference
between a good and a great poem.”
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