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Writing Asylum

  • Maria01 Lapinladenkatu 16 Helsinki Finland (map)

Find your safe place at the Writing Asylum.

So, you’ve got a mountain of writing to do, yet keep finding excuses to put it off? We’ve all been there. Suddenly, it seems like a fantastic idea to clean the house instead of working on that investment proposal, research article, or novel chapter.

Perhaps it’s lack of time, lack of confidence or lack of willpower that’s getting in your way, but if any of this sounds familiar, then join us at our first Writing Asylum on 25 October 2018 at Maria01 in Helsinki.

asylum əˈsʌɪləm/
shelter or protection from danger
synonyms: refuge, sanctuary, shelter, safety, protection, security

This FREE 1-day writing retreat is a safe place to conquer your fears, achieve your writing goals and learn tactics and strategies for making the writing process more effective and more enjoyable. Come with your own writing project, or get general writing practice with exercises provided by the facilitator. The facilitation language is English, but writing projects can be in any language.

The Helsinki Writing Asylum is a bite-sized retreat giving you a taste of the full 2,5-day events. Set at Maria01, a former hospital transformed into an entrepreneurship hub, the day’s agenda will include:

  • goal setting

  • writing warm-ups

  • writing time (to work on your own project or the practice exercises)

  • group discussions on writing challenges

  • gentle yoga (optional)

  • lunch (own cost) downstairs at Restaurant Starter

The facilitator is also available for one-on-one writing coaching during the day.

This event is perfect whether you’re a beginner needing a bit more confidence to tackle those essays, work proposals and pitch decks; a seasoned professional hitting a roadblock; or you’re just looking for some peace and quiet away from everyday distractions.

The Writing Asylum is free to attend, but does require registration.

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For those who want to take this liberating experience to the next level, the next full 2,5-day Helsinki Writing Retreat will be held 21–23 November, where short concentrated writing blocks will be interspersed with healthy snacks, fresh air and exercise to shake things up and get those creative juices flowing, while introducing you to other participants and writing professionals.

Jess Kelley (2017) photo by  Manka Photography

Jess Kelley (2017)
photo by Manka Photography

The facilitator, Jess Kelley AE, is an accredited editor with the Institute of Professional Editors. Having spent much of the past 15 years working with authors to improve the quality and flow of their work, Jess is passionate about helping writers achieve their full potential. With her friendly and relaxed attitude, combined with her experience as an active member of multiple associations for language professionals, she is committed to helping you get the most out of your writing.

Learn more about Jess at

Earlier Event: August 15
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