The intention of Freefall Writing is not only to bring you into a new relationship with writing, but also to show you how to take that writing as far as you want it to go. Barbara’s two books about Freefall Writing guide you through a clear progression from your earliest exploration of the precepts to the eventual creation of publishable fiction and memoir – a profound journey that for many people has proven life-changing. In her most recent book, Barbara explains what her experience has shown to be the most useful feedback writers can hear about their work-in-progress.
Writing Without a Parachute: The Art of Freefall
Writing Without a Parachute; The Art of Freefall shows both beginning and experienced writers how to get the thinking mind to step aside, so that writing becomes truly creative – a vulnerable and open-hearted engagement with the moment.
“This book has something most instruction completely misses: a practical set of exercises and explanations to help with the imaginative act of original composition. It will be useful for beginners, superb for writers in the middle of their training and an absolute lifesaver for pros who have lost their nerve.” (Mimi Thebo, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University)
Use it as a wise companion, a reference, or chapter-by-chapter as a sustained, twelve-month course in writing.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, US.
Freefall Into Fiction: Finding Form
An essential tool for writers of memoir and fiction, Freefall into Fiction: Finding Form is designed to help writers, step by step, to find their own unique balance between will and surrender in the writing process — the essential balance between creative freedom and the requirements of a genre.
“Barbara maps the dangerous journey from intuitive ‘Freefall’ writing to consciously created fiction, making it exhilarating; a lucid, well-researched and clearly illustrated guide we can safely follow” (Dr. Gillie Bolton, author of The Writer’s Key)
The sequel to Writing Without a Parachute, this book can be used as a reference guide, or as a practical, 12-month course in writing.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, UK, US.
How To Talk About Writing: A Fundamental Shift in Perspective
This lively and engaging book offers six crucial discoveries that will revolutionize the way we talk about writing. Drawing on decades of experience with writers, Barbara Turner-Vesselago distils in these pages what every writer needs to know about their writing, and how to tell them.
Fontaine Publishing, Aus
“The precepts of Freefall Writing provide a foundational practice for any writer, but I’m convinced that the way Barbara talks about writing is an even greater source of learning.“Geoff Mead, PhD, Associate Fellow, Saïd Business School,
University of Oxford, UK
“Writing Without a Parachute is such a goldmine of insight and information…Read this book”
Richard Moss, M.D. author of The I that is We, How Shall I Live?, The Black Butterfly, The Second Miracle, The Mandala of Being, and Inside-Out Healing.
“I can’t believe how clearly and simply you can articulate this stuff, but what depth you go to with it at the same time. It’s an amazing piece of work. And this from someone who’s chewed through A LOT of books on the craft of writing!”
Susan Lynn Reynolds, author of Strandia, (Farrar Straus & Giroux).
“This book has something most instruction completely misses: a practical set of exercises and explanations to help with the imaginative act of original composition. It will be useful for beginners, superb for writers in the middle of their training and an absolute lifesaver for pros who have lost their nerve.”
Mimi Thebo, author of Dreaming the Bear and many other novels, Penguin Random House.
“With a wealth of examples form life-writing, fiction and poetry, Barbara Turner-Vesselago demonstrates the effectiveness of this unique and exciting approach which will be of value for writers, mentors and facilitators alike.”
Louise Green, editor, Lapidus Journal
“Barbara maps the dangerous journey from intuitive “Freefall” writing to consciously created fiction, making it exhilarating. A lucid, well-researched and clearly illustrated guide we can safely follow”
Gillie Bolton, author of Reflective Practice, and The Writer’s Key: Introducing Creative Solutions for Life