Starts MONDAY 4 OCTOBER 2021


An amazing week! Many thanks for all the prompts and suggestions, which opened up the imagination and nudged new stuff out of me.

A thoroughly positive experience, even when negativity arises (and how can it not at the moment, but we gotta be kind about allowing ourselves to feel it sometimes) and I am ready to continue on a journey with my pen and paper.

  • – Wendy

A free online creative writing course from Writers' HQ - plus daily reminder emails and an invitation to join our kick-ass writing community for support from writers all over the world!

Are you finding it difficult to focus? Feel like you *should* be writing, creating, and being super productive, but every time you sit down to write, or even read, your brain just goes bleuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh? 

Yuppers. Us too. In fact, the only writing we’re doing right now is the occasional page of random, scribbled notes in our journals. Which made us think: oh. Maybe that’s what we need. Something low stakes, low pressure, personal and quiet. Something to reflect on whatever-the-heck-this-is that’s going on around us. Something just for us. No need to share, no need to publish, no need to perform and produce and polish and perfect.

Get daily pep and reminders via email, log in to our free online course platform to access the resources and exercises, then head over to our writing forums for support and feedback from your fellow WHQers!

No pressure. No guilt. No stress.
Just… a little chunk of words, here and there.
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what am i signing up for?

Intro to Journaling is a gentle week-long online course that’ll give you the tools, inspiration and motivation to do some no-pressure writing.

We’ll kick off the course with a live webinar at 10am (BST) Monday 4th October 2021, along with daily reminder emails, journaling exercises, prompts, and creative techniques to help you get your words flowing.

PLUS access to our private forum for feedback and camaraderie from your fellow journalers!

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why am i signing up?

Journaling is great for your mental health, great for your writing health, and could be just what you need to get into a positive creative frame of mind.

No matter whether you’re brand new to journaling or a seasoned journaler in need of a gentle nudge, this course will give you everything you need to get writing with support from the loveliest online community around.

So put on your comfiest PJs, make yourself a cuppa, and get settled in for a week of journaling loveliness!

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who am i signing up for?

Writers’ HQ helps writers to tell their stories, and to tell them really freakin’ well. We run online creative writing courses and real life retreats for badass writers with no time or money. You can find out more here


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who are you?

We’re Writers’ HQ and we run online creative writing courses and retreats for badass writers with no time or money. Join in with our monthly freebie course, a whole load of free retreats and workshops, or sign up as a fully-fledged member and get access to ALL our writing course as well as a bunch of other excellent perks and shiny things.

is it really free?

Yes, it’s free, FREEEEE! (But obviously we’re gonna try to get you to join as a member in the emails because we cannot get enough of helping writers do that writing thang. But you can ignore that stuff. We don’t care. We don’t. It’s fine. WE SAID IT’S FINE.) perks and shiny things.
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You are also being signed up for our regular newsletter*. You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsub button at the bottom of each email. What’s in the newsletter? All kinds of wonderous things, including but not limited to: special offers, the latest super cool blogs, John-Williams-score-rousing pep, gifs, the occasional haiku, and a reasonable quantity of swearing.

*we’re not being cynical list-building twats, we genuinely can’t operate our newsletter software well enough to stop it happening.

Plus we’re wanging your email address over to Crowdcast to get you registered for the webinar. You can read their privacy policy n stuff here.

Where’s the privacy policy that I’ll never read?

It’s here. Also check our our T&C while you’re there.

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I don’t like tea, swearing or memes

Yeah no we’re probably not for you then. Our approach isn’t for everyone (your first clue is in our logo). We swear more than is ‘ladylike’ and use gifs when we could use our words. But, eh, fuck it. We don’t believe that linguistic purity or literary snobbery does anyone any favours.

If we’re not a match for you, thanks for giving us a go and good luck with your writing – we wish you every success. Please don’t sign up and then email us with how offended you are because that’s a silly waste of everyone’s time.

But if, like us, you’ve never found your rightful place in the writing world and think WHQ could be just the ticket – welcome home, come in, grab a cuppa, we’ve been waiting for you (in a totally non sinister way ofc).

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Thank you, this was very cleansing and felt like a reset for me

Thank you for the inspiration

I really enjoyed the exercise. It went a way I did not expect but I think I will be able to use it now for some memoir short stories I’m pulling together. Thank you so much for the inspiration.




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