Worried that your writing is showing off? Jo shows how to ensure that it isn’t

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Caravaggio’s Narcissus contemplates perfection

Our skilled and highly experienced writing tutor Jo Parfitt says that many of her students worry that what they write might appear as self-indulgent or narcissistic.

She says: “I can understand where this is coming from. How do we draw the line between showing off and writing something of real value?”

Don’t worry, says Jo, if you can say YES to the following questions, then you can be pretty sure that you won’t be accused of TMI (Too Much Information). Ask yourself:

  • Does what you write support others going through the same thing?
  • Do you provide the reader with an insight or ‘aha moment’?
  • Is your reader going to feel they have learned something from your writing?
  • Does your writing deserve to be written? Does it actually have a point or purpose?
  • Will your story resonate with the reader?
  • Do you show your journey from one state to another, say, from challenge to solution?
  • Do you inspire the readers to maybe make changes in their lives or shift their perceptions in some way?
  • Are you able to show your vulnerability?
  • Do you have people lined up to give you honest feedback on your work?
  • Is your story compelling? In other words does it have a plot?

You’ll certainly be able to answer Yes to those 10 questions after Jo’s inspiringweek-long Write Your Life Story course at the Watermill this Autumn.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, personal development and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Jo Parfitt has published 31 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’.

Jo’s Write Your Life Story creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically. Among other things, you’ll discover the secret of SPICE, the seven steps to writing life stories, and put this into practice right away. The course will run from 22 to 29 September 2018.

Jo says: “The course at the watermill will provide a safe haven in which to unlock your creativity, write from your heart and hone your writing craft. It will also help to remove blocks to your writing. Sessions at the mill will empower students to write in a compelling way that makes real experiences come to life.”

Bring your experiences of life to life!

Bring your experiences of life to life!

Jo adds: “The class will include several methods and genre and is perfect for anyone wanting to write about their own lives for an effective journal, memoir or blog. If you would enjoy an injection of inspiration in a safe and supportive environment this course is for you. It is appropriate for students of any level.”

Jo plus picJo Parfitt
22 September to 29 September 2018
Write Your Life Stories

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here


  1. Most that I share is not to expand my own Ego but to Share the things that inspire others! The world will show you what a cipher you are and you can avoid Super Ego experiences. Whether by art or written word we are short of what will come by inspiring the upcoming generations! In the slums of our cities we find many without the inspiration of those that have so much! Happy are the people of Ghana with simple lives!

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