The Writing Hour

About this event

Inspired by the popular sessions run by Linda France as part of her Climate Writing Residency, we’re continuing to open a free and friendly online space for anyone to come and write for an hour.

Dedicating and protecting an hour of time is a simple but powerful way of conquering the empty page. You can come with an open mind and make use of optional writing prompts, or bring your work-in-progress and settle in to focus for an hour, alongside fellow writers of all kinds and experiences.

No one will be asked to share their work – just a sense of solidarity with other writers as we work quietly in each other’s company and carve out a space in our day for writing.

Hosted by New Writing North, the literature development agency for the North of England. Each month we will also provide info about upcoming opportunities and events for writers.

A Zoom-generated transcript and captions will be provided. We encourage people to have their cameras on, though this is optional of course, and mics are to be kept muted to allow for a distraction-free writing environment. A member of NWN staff will be available via chat throughout the session.

Please only book a free ticket if you know you are definitely able to attend that date – there are limited spaces each month, and this will help prevent others from missing out.

Songwriting Workshop

About this event



As always, strict (or any) adherence to the prompt is NOT mandatory. Think of it as a possible source of inspiration.

What we’ll do:

  • Discuss songwriting in an open, collaborative environment.
  • Share songs that we’ve written, give and receive constructive feedback from other songwriters.

You can play your song live, or share video and audio (please send any files, links and lyrics to Paul at Or if you just have lyrics, you can recite those.

Note: This meeting will be held using Zoom. The link will be made available shortly before the meeting.

What to bring

  • a song that you’ve written
  • optionally copies of lyrics and chords
  • optionally an instrument (A cappella/karaoke also encouraged!)

Important to know

  • Make new friends
  • Learn new things
  • Write new songs



MEETING: Only registered members of Burlington Writers Workshop will be given access to this session. Membership is free and easy.

CANCEL: PLEASE cancel your registration if you will not be in attendance, so people on the WAIT LIST will be able to fill that seat. To cancel, click your name or email in the top right corner of the Eventbrite screen, click on tickets, click on workshop to be canceled, and click cancel order.


Host: Paul Beaulieu

More about our workshop leader:

Singer-songwriter performing as A Montreal Paul (