Freefall Workshops

Since 1982, Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s Freefall Writing Workshops have been helping beginning and experienced writers to overcome blocks, access energy, and establish or renew a vital connection with the written word.

Workshops vary in length from 1 to 7 days, and are offered both privately and through universities in Canada, Australia, England and the United States. There are no entry requirements. Class size is limited to 12 participants.

NB. All workshops will be held on Zoom until further notice. Time zones listed for each workshop reflect the host-country location, but if those times work in your location, you are welcome to join from anywhere around the world. Find out more about our Zoom Workshops.

“The whole experience [of doing this workshop online] has been absolutely fabulous. The structure and container has felt solid. The writing has flowed, and the online meetings have been rich and rewarding. In fact, in many ways I prefer doing Freefall online to being away from home.

Juliet Grayson,
Author, Landscapes of the Heart, shortlisted for Britain’s People’s Choice Award, 2019

As is always the case with FreefallWriting™ Workshops, all the writing you submit will be read and commented upon by Barbara. Please contact the local host or organizer listed for details and to register. If no host is given, contact freefallwriting@gmail.com.


This week-long workshop unfailingly offers inspiring rapport and articulate, insightful feedback, bringing all the acclaimed power of a Freefall Writing workshop into your home environment for a fraction of the residential cost.

Cost  £710 GBP.
Fully Booked. Contact Melanie Jones to join the waitlist.  


Fitzroy North, AU,
7 day workshop

May 15-21, 2021
(Australian Time Zones)

With up to five hours of writing and detailed, constructive feedback daily, this seven-day workshop can permanently change your relationship with writing, so that it becomes a vital focus in daily life. Hearing your work read aloud and discussed (without attribution) teaches you to absorb as if by osmosis the skills of the writing craft. 

Cost: $995 AUD.
Contact Kirsten Cameron for details and to register.


Rivendell, CA
7 day workshop

June 12-18, 2021 (PDT)

This powerfully immersive week-long workshop gives you the experience and insight you need to make a permanent shift in your relationship to writing. With 4-5 hours of writing commented upon daily, plus informed and supportive feedback at whole-group meetings hosted by Barbara, you will quickly see your writing move to a whole new level.

Cost: $795 CAD.
Contact Vicki Pinkerton for details and to register.


Maryholme, CA
3 day workshop

August 23-30, 2021 (EDT)

Writing for 4-5 hours each day, with written feedback plus informed and supportive whole-group sessions with Barbara daily, this workshop offers a sustained immersion in Freefall process. These 3.5 days will provide you with all the tools and support you need to find a whole new connection with the written word.

Cost: $545 CAD.
Contact Vicki Pinkerton for details and to register.


Fitzroy North, AU,
7 day workshop

October 10-16, 2021
(Australian Time Zones)

Scheduled to suit writers across Australia, this seven-day workshop offers you an escape from the everyday that will quickly be come habitual. With up to five hours of writing and detailed, constructive feedback daily, you’ll find that your relationship with writing becomes one you cherish, even in the midst of a busy life.

Cost: $995 AUD.
Contact Kirsten Cameron for details and to register.


Carlton, AU,
7 day workshop

October 31-November 6, 2021
(Australian time zones)

With up to five hours of writing and detailed, constructive feedback daily, you’ll find that your relationship with writing becomes one you cherish, even in the midst of a busy life. Hearing your work read aloud (without attribution), and being part of the discussion it generates, will help you to absorb, as if by osmosis, the skills of the writing craft. 

This workshop is scheduled to suit writers across Australia.

Cost: $995 AUD.
Contact Kirsten Cameron for details and to register.

Group Dynamics

At first, doing Freefall with a group is invaluable. The group’s spontaneous response to the writing works to free the writer from the need for self-criticism. And then the magic begins …

The moment when someone shifts into that deeper level is unmistakable. Everyone can hear it. As a result, in Coleridge’s phrase, “the wheels catch fire from their own motion,” and the whole group moves to a new level of achievement. The results, in writing, are spectacular.

Freefall Works

Since 1982, Barbara Turner-Vesselago’s Freefall Writing Workshops have been helping beginning and experienced writers to overcome blocks, access energy, and establish or renew a vital connection to the written word.

In these workshops, you learn by doing: powerful writing immersion is balanced by informed, personal guidance. Every word you write is read by Barbara; selected (anonymous) passages are read aloud and discussed in a supportive, small-group setting. The primary emphasis is on learning to ‘let go’ in writing so that the creative process can carry you, and then to learn from what you’ve accomplished. Technical aspects of the craft (scene, dialogue, structure, voice) are discussed as they arise in the course of the writing.

Freefall allows you to drop into a place of effortless creativity that you didn’t know you had within you. The subconscious does the writing, while your fingers do the typing. Barbara creates a safe and supportive atmosphere to share and to explore, and expert guidance to discover your true voice.

Kelly Watt, author Mad Dog, Doubleday

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