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Finding Grace

“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.”
-Richard Branson

The best advice I could give a writer or actor is to spend time with their characters. When you are building a character you need to spend as much time with their inside as their physical outside. To do this it is a good idea to spend a significant amount of time with them.

Finding Grace, written by a member of the Bancroft Collective serves to highlight the benefit of bringing a character to spend quality time with you on this enchanted estate.

memoir on the fly

‘I could tell you my adventures – beginning from this morning,’ said Alice a little timidly: ‘but it’sno use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.’

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Inspired by Heather Blakey’s workshop for creatives featuring The World of Georgina McClure at The Bancroft Manor and Estate: The Journey Begins Part 2

Time is strange. I walk, trudge, even run a bit when the path is briefly level. Has it been hours or years since I was at Longleaf? Was I ever there at all? Will I ever return to Buck and Lou-Lou and all the sweet familiarity of home?

Mountains rise around me. The path grows rocky and narrow. The air is thin and I am grateful for the bottle of water in my pack. Fog rolls in and I remember a time lost in frightening sea fog…

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A First Aid Kit for Creatives

When Heather, my agent, went to her Writing for Wellness course in Castlemaine and put this old first aid kit from my apothecary on the table, aside from generating discussion about the origins and story held by this old Australian State Electricity object, there was much speculation about what lay inside.

Bancroft Manor members who are doing the online version of the course Heather ran will find out soon what lies within the kit. If you are intrigued and want to join check the FAQ page for details about gaining membership.

Toning the Creative Spirit

An artistic impression of the wharf near the Bancroft Estate!

When I decided to offer an online version of a Writing For Wellness course my nom de plume has been running in the town we live in, I wondered what shape it would take. After spreading the word that those who love the Expressive Arts could take up residence in the virtual Bancroft Manor and have access to this course some trusting souls actually responded and signed up. These members are now in a closed Facebook group and they are helping to paint a picture of Bancroft Manor by establishing identities and doing things like writing about inhabitants such as Eramus the Groundskeeper or describing time spent visiting the Library.

When you come to a place like Bancroft Manor and engage in the associated online course it is a bit like going to one of those health places where you nurture your soul by treating your body like a temple, engaging in yoga and meditation, eating the right foods and generally getting physically fitter. By contrast, everything about this world supports the notion of nurturing and toning the creative spirit. The jury is in! There is plenty of evidence to support the idea that creativity heals and that when you take the time to work collaboratively and do exercises like those that are offered, projects you are working on are enhanced and you will become more prolific.

Initially, members are road testing ideas to enrich their capacity to build characters and The Determined Passenger and The Shift are just two examples of responses to the first exercise. If you believe your creative spirit might benefit from working alongside this group check out the FAQ page for details about how to join.

Claim Residency on the Bancroft Estate

The Bancroft estate has a number of other building apart from the Manor House. Perhaps you will claim a space like this and work from here.

I am offering inexpensive, long term residency and the opportunity to engage in an online Writing for Wellness course. Members like this participant may choose to take up residence in the Manor House or they may opt to restore one of the many cottages on the estate,

While participants are only asked to pay a one-off joining fee there is an expectation that they will actively support me as I establish Bancroft Manor and that they will help me extend my reach.

Depending on what you can afford, use Pay Pal to pay my agent, heatherblakey@fastmail.fm. You may choose to pay either $20 $35 or $40 in your local currency. This one-off payment will be used to help support the project.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

When I purchased the long-abandoned Bancroft Manor far far away in a parallel universe I fulfilled my dream of finding the place where I could establish an Apothecary of Creativity within a residential, communal setting.

Bancroft Manor, formerly an upscale sanitorium appeared to meet all my needs. The manor house is spacious enough to house a significant number of residents. I decided that within this communal environment I could not only provide residency for creatives but also provide an online course for those who feel that they would benefit from my dispensary and creative infusions.

I am offering inexpensive, long term residency. While participants are only asked to pay a one-off joining fee there is an expectation that they will actively support me as I establish Bancroft Manor and that they will help me extend my reach.

Depending on what you can afford, use Pay Pal to pay my agent, heatherblakey@fastmail.fm. You may choose to pay either $20 $35 or $40 in your local currency. This one-off payment will be used to help support the project.

Members need to have an account with WordPress! Go to WordPress to sign up. Upon paying participants simply need to email me:- mccluregeorgina@gmail.com and introduce themselves. Then they will be added to any associated Bancroft Manor which houses the initial online course. This is a private site that is only available to residents.

As financial members, no matter how much they chose to pay, participants will have permanent access to all resources provided by McClure and choose whether to join a collaborative blog. They will be encouraged to join a private Facebook group. 

Of course, there is no obligation to post any material online! Participants can choose to be a voyeur and keep their ideas to themselves.

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