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Paul Spencer Sochaczewski

Almost Famous

Posted on 07. Apr, 2010 by in Writing Workshops

Almost Famous

Master Class in Creative Non-Fiction

You’ve been writing for family and friends.  Are you ready to write for publication?

For writers who want to see their names in print, Paul has developed a Master Class in writing personal travel stories and personal memoir.

Entrance is limited to a maximum of 12 writers.

First priority will go to people who have taken one of Paul’s writing workshops.

However if space permits Paul may accept other writers who submit a writing sample.

This will be an intensive, hands-on seminar in which the participants will work with Paul to edit and improve each other’s articles.  During the day Paul will review his ten-tips for making contact with the reader, and lead the group in numerous writing exercises.  Participants will learn how to tell their non-fiction stories by mastering  techniques used by leading journalists, novelists and film writers.

Please join us for this challenging day of writing exploration.

Each writer will be expected to submit a draft (or completed) article prior to the Master Class. The organizer will collate and circulate these stories prior to the workshop, in good time for everyone to read all the stories and prepare sensible comments on how to improve them.

Please join us for this challenging day of writing exploration.



Shelley from Australia: “With elegance, deep knowledge and great generosity Paul has taken me into story, catalyzed my own writing in a way I’d hoped for but was too scared really to expect. I’m thrilled I did this.”

Mark from the United States: “A wealth of info packed into a short workshop; could have gone on for two days.  Invite him back.”

Virginia from Hong Kong:  “Life changing event, I loved the layers and the learning that evolved.”

Natale from Australia:  “A truly amazing experience. Very clearly presented, so much information yet not overwhelming.”

Lynne from UK:  “Phenomenal!  I learnt so much, I was inspired.  Very powerful and enjoyable.  Paul showed respect and expected the same from the participants.”

Liesbeth from the Netherlands: “Well prepared, totally engaging, enormously worthwhile. Learnt so much!”

Philip from Bali:  “A master teacher, combining information, humor, compassion ,focus and pushing people to stretch. The equivalent of two workshops in one.”

Mary Jane from Singapore:  “I was so pleased with the opportunity to work with you. You were so professional, including being very generous and inspiring.  I got kicked back into action. And you were so right, your key 10 tips for good writing keep popping up everywhere. Your communication skills were superb, and I really respect your well thought out, yet flexible structure.”

Jen from France:  “Great mix of writing strategies and time to write and critique/share with others—amazing journeys.  More!”

Barry from the UK: “For twelve years I had intended to write about my experiences in Africa in the early 1990s and so far I hadn’t committed a single word to paper.  Within days of attending Paul’s seminar I had written 2,500 words, was full of ideas and couldn’t wait to sit down at the keyboard and continue the story.”

Rita from Bangkok:  “It was such a privilege to be in the company of Paul who is such a prolific speaker and teacher.  This was my first ever workshop and I cannot express in words how encouraged I was to carry on in my very amateur writing.  Paul’s method of sharing his journalistic skills with us is expressed so simply and intelligently.  I loved the way he started with Swan Lake and encouraged us to use music as a tool as it is so uplifting and inspirational and to make our writing do exactly that, sing!!!!”

Colin from Bangkok: “I both appreciated and enjoyed Paul’s enlightened workshop, particularly his “10 Tips”.  Restricting the participants to 14 provided a warm, friendly atmosphere. Being an engineer, my writing is typically dry and formal, far removed from  travel writing; the course gave me useful insights on how and where to start.”

Bronwen from New Zealand: “… an experience which we will treasure for the rest of our lives…the warmth and dynamics were amazing.  People left feeling incredibly good about themselves and each other and with the motivation to write — it was transformational, just as you said it should be.”

Dzeni from Singapore: “Gave my creative muse a kick in the pants.”

Karin from USA: “Informative, useful, inspiring and enjoyable, with many ideas for new ways to approach my writing.”

Arunee from Thailand: “Enjoyed it so much; well-planned and no let down in the momentum, plenty of  ‘movement’.”

Jenny from USA: “‘Too much psycho-babble in your head’, my husband said. Could writing become a reality for me?  The advice in Paul’s workshop was good for writing just about anything. His ‘ten tips’ worked; he shined a light on a path that dealt with my self doubt and low self-esteem. A Cinderella slipper moment.”

Robin from Switzerland: “It was as if it was predestined that I take this workshop.  What I found a bit of a mind-blower was how much good stuff one can write in such short spaces of time.  The workshop has given me a confidence, unleashed a power and energy that tells me that I can actually write.”

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