2.20.2009

Free writing workshop

The Indianapolis Public Library is offering a series of free writing workshops with Susan Lawson. Based on the Amherst Writer's Method, the workshops last three hours and include three exercises. Susan provides a prompt (anything from a poem to a song to a stack of paint chips with interesting names), and you have 10 minutes to write whatever comes to mind. The group then spends another 20-30 minutes reading aloud and offering feedback. A key element of the workshop is that only positive feedback is allowed. The theory is that the work is in its infancy and not ready for harsh critique. Also, that if you hear what works well in your writing, you will do more of that and problematic areas will eventually fall away. I've attended three workshops and have found them to be a great way to explore my creativity. My first reaction on hearing the prompt is always "I have no idea!", but amazingly something always comes to mind to fill the page. The group is supportive enough that most everyone feels comfortable reading their work. Workshops are offered at library branches throughout the city and monthly at the Glendale branch.

3 comments:

Kurt said...

Rebecca has written some really neat material at this workshop. She always comes back from it so happy and excited!

casch said...

So Becca, how about posting some of the material you've written.

Rebecca said...

I don't know ... the internet doesn't play by the Amherst writer's method rules. Maybe if I ever polish something up.