About Freefall WRITING

Freefall invokes the courage to fall without a parachute, into the words as they come, into the thoughts before they have fully formed in the mind, into the unplanned structures that take shape, without prompting, to contain them.

Freefall is a method some writers discover spontaneously, but many have to (re)learn: the technique of writing from the larger Self, beyond reach of the ego and its censors.

Upcoming workshops

August 21 – 24, 2023

Wednesday, August 16th to Sunday, August 20th

Time-zones to suit writers across North America
Cost $595.00 CND

Australia (Byron Bay) DST/AwST
October 22 -28

Sunday, October 22th to Saturday, October 28th

Time-zones to suit writers across Australia Cost £TBA

Australia (ZOOm) DST/AwST
nOVEMBER 5 – 11

Sunday, November 5th to Saturday, November 11th

Time-zones to suit writers across Australia Cost £TBA


“Freefall has grounded me in my ‘voice’ at last! I could have gone on floundering for years without that quiet week with Barbara, fishing into the depths of myself.”

Helena Cornelius,
Author, Everyone Can Win

“Without a doubt, it was your input at that first Freefall seminar that gave me faith. Since then, I’ve been writing one or two books a year, and have found myself at the giddy point of having gone from being a long shot to having a shot.”

Charles Atkins, MD,
Author, Risk Factor, and The Portrait

Freefall Writing Newsletter

Writing inspiration, tips, reading recommendations as well as updates on Freefaller writers’ prizes and publications.

From the Blog

Open Out those Pivotal Moments

  All too often, in autobiographical writing, I see writers dodge the knotty, meaningful moments when they changed their minds about something significant. Yes, those moments often feel hard to write about. But if you open out those pivotal moments, you’ll find they’re the places that most clearly show your reader who their subject is..…

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Writing is a Process

Writing Is a Process (that Your Inner Critic Treats as a Product) Do you ever feel suddenly convinced that you can’t write one more word (of your novel, memoir, Ph.D. thesis, etc.) without going back to revise what you’ve already written? Suddenly you’re walking in cement boots, dragging your way forward. “Go back!” your inner…

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Welcome Discouragement

To be open to writing is to be open to all the familiar parts of the writing process: the elation, the discouragement, and all that lies between.  Welcome discouragement.  Without it, you’ll get nowhere, even though it can be the hardest of your old friends to love.

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