All are invited to two FREE writing workshops
in Seward Park!
“Writing Our Park”
Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday, June 16, 2012 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Audubon Center in Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Blvd South
We’ll get outside and explore Seward Park’s geologic, natural, cultural and literary history. (Yes, Seward Park has a literary history!) Details from these distinct histories of our beloved park will become writing prompts for our workshop. Come with your notebook and pen, dressed for the weather, and we’ll write our way to a deeper understanding of Seward Park and our relationship to it. (This is the same workshop, offered twice.)
Meet at Seward Park’s Audubon Center – the historic building at the back of the traffic circle as you enter the park, to the left of the playground. (Seward Park is in Southeast Seattle, on Lake Washington and on the #39 bus route.)
No experience is necessary and all are most welcome.
Our next workshop is also this weekend on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the North Bend Library Meeting Room. Please RSVP and let me know if you plan to attend. I need you all to bring with you a small anecdotal story from your life. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a story you will focus on for an exercise.
Thanks to a couple of your questions over the last few weeks, I’m sensing that a particular exercise will be needed. Bring the anecdotal story, notebook and writing stick (laptop okay, too). If we get through this one particular exercise, we’ll continue with The Artist’s Way workbook that we’ve been slowly moving forward on.
1. Write Your own Artist’s Prayer. Use it every day for a week.
Example (stolen from Chuck Wendig):
Write as much as you can.
As fast as you can.
Finish your shit.
Hit your deadlines.
Try very hard not to suck.
2. An Extended Artist Date: Plan a small vacation for yourself. (One weekend day. Get ready to execute it.)
3. Open your closet. Throw out — or hand on, or donate — one low-self worth outfit. (You know the outfit.) Make space for the new.
4. Look at one situation in your life that you feel you should change but haven’t yet. What is the payoff for you in staying stuck?
5. If you break your reading deprivation, write aobut how you did it. In a tantrum? A slipup? A binge? How do you feel about it? Why?
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“I learned that the real creator was inner Self, the Shakti…That desire to do something is God inside talking through us.” ~Michele Shea.