Friday, January 09, 2009

Writing Course in Thailand

I’ve no idea if any writers in Thailand read my blog.

I tried to let writers in Bangkok Women’s Writers Group know about The Literary Consultancy’s proposed writing course on Koh Chang in April. Unfortunately, my first email didn’t receive an answer.

It’s a great opportunity for writers, already based in Thailand, to join a top class writing course with only a short flight down to Koh Chang. It’s only too easy to feel remote from the publishing world and its activities out here.

So I sent the email again with a little note wondering if it had been received or not. This time I did get an answer. It said that the Bangkok Women’s Writers Group ‘is a very large group and many members get a lot of emails’ and therefore the BWWG admin prefer to keep mailings to group activities. Apparently this is ‘so that members can trust that a mail is about the group and its activities.’

I do understand wanting to keep the email address safe from irrelevant promotions. I am sure that their care with our personal details is valued by everyone. I could even see that if I profited in some way from the TLC writing course that it might be considered wrong to promote it. But I don’t profit. My interest in the course is purely as a potential attendee and I contacted BWWG to let any other serious writers know that the opportunity existed.

I had thought that anybody writing seriously might value the tip off that a prestigious organisation, such as the Literary Consultancy, is holding a course in Thailand: I know I would. ‘The only exception [to this rule] would be if one of our members published a book or something like that’ said the BWWG reply. I suppose I had hoped that it might fit in to the ‘or something like that’ criteria.

So if anyone knows any writers in Thailand perhaps they’d like to pass the details on. I’m not on commission you know.

9 comments:

Lane said...

Well at least you tried jj. Some people eh, or something like that:-(

JJ said...

Hi Lane, Yes, I guess.

SueG said...

Is this what they mean by "not seeing the forest for the trees?' As :Lane said, at least you tried. And of course, if ever anyone wants me to run a workshop in Bangkok.... :-) PS Actually, I might be going to see my son play in a concert in Singapore in early Feb and I had to remind myself that just because they are both on the same continent doesn't mean I could easily hop from one to the other. So tempting....

Zinnia Cyclamen said...

Oh for goodness' sake!!! Having said that, to some extent I can see the problem, I have belonged to groups that have been overenthusiastic about email and it can be a real pain. But surely they could put out an email, say, once a month, highlighting items that are likely to be of interest to members. Or is that too sensible for the BWWG?

Leigh said...

How bloody frustrating. How narrow minded. Sounds like they just reject everything, without even bothering to look. Their loss. Well done for trying!

CC Devine said...

That's a bit jobsworthy, oh well, you tried. Happy New Year!

marmiteandtea said...

How strange you'd think they'd have some sort of sorting process to separate the informative from the time wasting!

At least you tried and someone might find out about it through your blog!

HelenMHunt said...

It sounds fantastic. Well done you for at least trying to promote it.

Tam said...

Some people, eh? Makes me mad but as others have said, it's their loss.

BTW, the verification is 'difease'. Have you gone all Shakespearean on us??