Life Writing Half-Day Workshops
Saturdays 15th, 22nd, 29th February 2020 ... Read more and book
Life writing is one of today's most popular genres and it's easy to get started. I'll show you how.
If you'd like to write about your life, perhaps for family, for publication, as a personal record or as a means of exploring life experiences and expressing thoughts, emotions, memories and feelings, then these workshops will help you begin your writing project in a creative, inspirational and fun environment.
Attendance is limited to six writers per workshop. No matter where you are with your writing - experienced, new to the genre, or just keen to have a go - you can be assured of working within a comfortable and supportive group of like-minded people.
Each workshop is writing-focused, designed to get those all-important words on the page with exercises, writing prompts, and group discussions. Each workshop begins with an introductory discussion about the genre of life writing. Choose one, two or all three!
At the end of each workshop you will have:
- made a start on the stories you want to tell
- had practical, hands-on, nuts and bolts experience creating story in the life writing genre
- learned valuable skills for future writing
- met some interesting and creative people
- enjoyed a day, just for you, doing something you love, and proud of your writing achievement
- gained personal insight into the amazing life story that is yours and yours alone
Time: all workshops are from 9.30am to 1.00pm
Cost: each workshop is $50 (you can book on my website Store)
Venue: The Writing Place, 21 McKenzie Ave, Arkles Bay, Whangaparaoa, Auckland
(Please note there are steps up into the venue so if you need assistance, please let Jane know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org)
What to bring:
Book securely for these workshops on the website Store.
The Building Blocks of Story
Have an idea for a story but don't know how to get started?
What is all this talk about structure, plot, character, and theme?
Do we need to know all of this before we start writing?
How - and why - do we use these traditional elements as the foundations for great stories?
In this workshop we'll look at these storytelling building blocks - plot, character, structure, setting, conflict and theme - and use them to construct stories that are meaningful for you.
This workshop runs approx. 10am - 4pm
Feel the fear ... and write it anyway!
This half-day workshop (10.30am - 1.30pm) will provide writers of all skill levels and experience with strategies, tips and tools for overcoming those emotional and practical roadblocks that can stop us from getting started with our writing.
Through discussion, writing exercises, and group sharing we'll tackle some of these common barriers and fears that can hinder, or even prevent, self expression. for example:
- Fear 1: You feel overwhelmed in front of a blank page/screen.
- Fear 2: You lack confidence, think you're not good enough and doubt yourself.
- Fear 3: Everyone will laugh at you. You want to write a sex scene when you usually write about cats.
Whether you're into creative writing, memoir, poetry, fiction or non-fiction, the tips, tools and inspirational ideas in the workshop are designed to help overcome barriers, boost self confidence, and help you explore your creative ideas and skills.
'Writing Your Life'
An introduction to daily journaling and life writing
This workshop introduces participants to the writing crafts of daily journal keeping and life writing (telling our stories) through a mix of active discussions and writing exercises within a creative, fun and supportive environment.
We discuss how keeping a daily journal can enhance overall well-being and creativity, and provide the raw materials to form the building blocks of life story.
We examine life story as a genre, and discuss the personal, family, and community value of this writing form as a way of recording our stories. We look at tips for getting started, and review the elements that make up a ‘good story.’
This workshop runs from approx. 10am - 4pm.
'Your Life, Your Words'
A life writing workshop
No one can tell the story of your life like you can. Your voice, experiences, and memories are unique to you - so let's make a start with getting those stories down. In this workshop we'll look at how you can turn your life experiences into stories and personal history, and enhance your writing with creativity, colour, and character.
We also look at the structural tools and editing needed to craft a great story.
There are many areas of life we can mine for stories. This workshop focuses on three: birth and early childhood, home, and love and friendship.
There will be several writing exercises and attendees will have opportunities to share their work with the class.
It is preferred - but not required - that participants have completed Jane's 'Writing Your Life' introductory course as 'Your Life, Your Words' builds upon skills and learnings from this basic course. Writers will leave with work that can be progressed at own pace.
This workshop runs from approx. 10am-4pm.
'Getting to Grips