Write The Damn Book! (EFT for writers)

EFT for writers


Write The Damn Book!

is an intensive weekend course in which you’ll discover and dismantle the mental and emotional blocks that get in the way of your writing.  You will learn how  continue the process on your own and… Write The Damn Book!

  • Are you procrastinating?
  • Are you grinding the words out?
  • Are you making no progress at all?

Imagine sitting down every day and writing hundreds of words easily, and without any kind of struggle: great words, words that really say what you want to say, clearly and beautifully.  Come and spend a weekend with me in Brighton and this can become your reality.

It doesn’t matter what kind of book you are writing (or wanting to write) – a novel, a memoir, a self-help guide or some other kind of book. It doesn’t matter if you’re on your tenth book or your first. If you are struggling to write, this course will cut through the nonsense and get you writing with ease.

The psychological side of writing

I’m passionate about writing, and have been teaching creative writing since 1997. I’ve had many talented students, some of whom have gone on to be very successful published writers.  But I’ve also seen a lot of very talented people, after leaving my courses, dry up and do nothing. Anyone can teach the craft of writing, but few teachers acknowledge the critical importance of the psychological side. The psychological blocks to writing can be overwhelming. And until recently, there was nothing you could do about that but painfully struggle through, or give up.

The technique behind a prize-winning novel

In 2007, struggling to start a new novel after three that didn’t get published, I learnt a powerful and practical technique that allowed me to quickly uncover and dissolve every psychological block in the way of good and easy writing.  EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), also known as ‘tapping’, enabled me to write – with surprising ease – the best book I had ever written, and this book – The Marlowe Papers – went on to be published with a five-figure advance and critical acclaim.  In 2013 it won a major literary prize and two smaller awards as well as getting long-listed, alongside international and established authors, for the Bailey’s Prize (formerly the Orange Prize) for fiction.  I’ve had the best couple of years of my life.

EFT for Writers

I think EFT is the biggest breakthrough for writers since the invention of the word-processor, and it’s such a powerful tool that it’s positively wrong to keep it to myself.  I’ve been doing one-to-one sessions with writers for years, and ran the first Write The Damn Book! course in September 2014 with great success (see the testimonials).This is an intensive weekend course where you will learn how to:

  • ‘zap’ everything getting in the way of writing
  • tap into inspiration at will
  • completely eliminate procrastination
  • find the ease and joy in writing that facilitates brilliance
  • become a clear channel for the words to come through you

I recommend EFT for writers because it helps you to uncover – and dissolve – the fears and limiting beliefs that are preventing you from starting, continuing, or finishing your book.  Do any of these sound like the voice in your head?

  • What if it’s rubbish?
  • I’m not clever enough to write this book.
  • What if people hate it/it gets bad reviews?
  • I’ll never get it published anyway.
  • What if it does get published, but everyone ignores it?
  • I don’t want to read in public.
  • What if people laugh at me?
  • I don’t have enough time to write.
  • If I’m successful, people will be jealous of me.
  • It’s not safe to draw attention to myself.

Everyone’s  fears (and limiting beliefs) are specific to them, and we will uncover exactly what is stopping *YOU* – and then obliterate its hold over you.  You will leave with an action plan that will enable you to – you guessed it – Write The Damn Book!

Money… and a guarantee

I completely understand that if you haven’t worked with me before, or you don’t know much about EFT, you might be a bit wary about the cost of this weekend intensive.  So ask yourself this. Is £240 (tax deductible!) a fair price to pay for training that will allow you to not only write the best book you can write… but potentially change your life permanently for the better?  Hmmm, Ros,  but what if it changes nothing?  Let me do you a deal. I guarantee that by the end of the weekend you will know whether this course has been effective for you.   But I’ll give you another month away from me to make up your mind for sure.  If you’re not 100% satisfied with the course and the outcome, and you let me know within thirty days of finishing the course, I’ll refund your money, no questions asked. That’s how confident I am that this stuff REALLY works.

Achieve your dreams

EFT helped me write the best book I could write, and the results have completely changed my life.  Thanks to demolishing my hidden self-sabotage with EFT, I have achieved many dreams, including: writing a prize-winning, critically acclaimed book, teaching for the Arvon Foundation, and gaining a permanent post teaching on one of the best creative writing faculties in the country.  Come and find out what it can do for you.


NEW DATES now booking! April 2015

  • Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015 (10am – 4pm each day)
  • Brighton
  • £240 full/£180 low income
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • 10 places only
  • Reserve your place with a £50 deposit:

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Brighton is a fantastic place to spend the weekend.   If you’re not local and don’t have friends you can stay with, there is plenty of accommodation, from ultra-cheap hostels, to a room in someone’s house (see airbnb), to high end boutique hotels.  There is also plenty to do and see in the evenings, from fringe theatre to music to brilliant comedy and much more besides, so come and make a seaside weekend of it!


In case you’re wondering, I am a trained/certified EFT practitioner (Level 3 – Advanced – with EFT Master Karl Dawson) and I’ve been working with private clients – largely writers – since 2009.  And the most important qualification of all – I’ve walked the walk and arrived at the other side.


Last month I went on Ros Barber’s Write the Damn Book! weekend course in Brighton. Here, a small group of us leapt into the unknown to learn something about EFT. This was a writing workshop like no other I have ever attended. And was such a huge relief. I came away understanding much more about my own fears, fired up with a sense of purpose and armed with some fine tools with which to begin to tap and chip away at my personal icebergs.

Jane Rusbridge (@janerusbridge), course participant Sept 2014.
 Author of ROOK (Bloomsbury, 2012): Guardian Readers’ Books of the Year

A very powerful weekend, full of insights, deep work and a healthy portion of laughter. Strongly recommended.

JL, course participant Sept 2014.

Spent the weekend in Brighton with Ros Barber on her Write the Damn Book! course using EFT to find and zap my writing cupboard of silent ghosts and screaming ghouls. Ros was such a sensitive, energetic, and loving guide to the process; I felt instantly relaxed with her and safe enough to start the work of tapping in to some of these blocks.

Natalie Young, course participant Sept 2014. 

Author of Season to Taste or How to Eat Your Husband and We All Ran Into the Sunlight.


The Write the Damn Book! weekend was a real breath of fresh air – I feel a renewed sense of why I was writing in the first place and the confidence to follow my thoughts wherever they lead. Ros was a humorous, supportive and calm leader for our wonderful, varied group and I am so grateful for the time we spent together in Brighton. If I can sustain the things that we learned and discovered together, I think that life, and writing, will be quite different from now on!

LF, course participant Sept 2014.

If the weekend changed nothing, I still would have had a good time with such a great group and your passionate, kind and supportive demonstration of the benefits of EFT for writers. But of course it has changed things 🙂 I have, bloody hell, been writing everyday. I tap everyday when I am procrastinating and so far end with the conclusion “yes I can write another paragraph.” And I do.I no longer feel I am pretending to be a writer.

KS, course participant Sept 2014

I attended Ros Barber’s course Write the Damn Book! because I needed support in getting clear on what it means to write a book and have it published. I was told I would walk away from the course with a plan and I did. It was so worth travelling from Dublin to Brighton for this course. I would highly recommend Ros Barber’s course for anyone who is ‘stuck’ in their writing or wants to get a book finished, printed and published.

DB, course participant Sept 2014

When I came to see Ros I knew that I wanted to be a writer. She never made me feel that what I wanted was impossible, she was sure that it was very possible and she knows this because she has done it herself.  She is living proof that EFT works and I can’t think of a better person to learn EFT from.I am now nearly at the end of writing my first novel (85,000 words and counting) and this achievement would not have been possible without Ros and EFT.  I will be forever grateful for having her in my life.

Anna Anderson, private client.

I was first introduced to Ros and EFT on the same evening when I attended her course “Be the Writer You Dream of Being” in the Spring of 2009. At the time, I was working as a New Business sales manager for a brewery and was pretty miserable. I knew that I wanted to find the inner strength to finish my manuscript and be a writer, but I lacked self belief and EFT was the tool that woke me up. After the first night on that course, I went home in a bit of a daze. Surely this mad tapping thing couldn’t work? But already I felt different. I felt like something was shifting inside. EFT is the most powerful self-awareness tool I’ve ever come across.Since that first introduction a few years ago, I knew EFT was for me. It was the best money I’ve ever spent. As a result of meeting Ros and learning EFT I wrote Transform Your Beliefs, Transform Your Life in 10 months. It was published by Hay House in September 2014. Six months after its release it is still in the top 100 books in Complementary Medicine on Amazon with 60/63 reviews being 5 stars.

Kate Marillat, private client.



April 2015

  • Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015 (10am – 4pm each day)
  • Brighton
  • £240 full/£180 low income
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • 10 places only
  • Reserve your place with a £50 deposit:

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