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Diving into Story - a monthly series of writing workshops
We all have a story to tell, and our stories matter. Stories give us the chance to be heard, stories help us find out who we really are; stories connect us to others and perhaps stories help the world become whole.
We don’t always consciously know what stories we have within us to write, and even if we do, we often avoid actually putting pen to paper. Sitting down to a blank page is a dive into the unknown, a dive that takes great courage. We seek safety by putting on our ‘editor’s cap’ too soon, or by waiting for inspiration before we start writing. If we focus on what our story is going to be about, whether the writing will be good enough, or whether anyone will want (or not want) to read it, we stymie the creative process.
These monthly three-hour workshops will support you to discover the exhilaration and power of writing without preconceived ideas about what you should be writing or how you should be writing it, a thrilling and sometimes life-changing experience.
Your stories may be inspired from personal life, your intuition or your imagination, it does not matter: you will be encouraged to step out of your own way and open up your ‘child eyes’ to whatever wants to be expressed on the page. The focus of the workshops will be how to stop thinking about writing and to actually write, and how to keep writing...
“Though none of us will live forever, our stories can. As long as one soul remains who can tell the story, the greater forces of love, mercy, generosity, and strength are continuously called into the world."
~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Workshop Details: The events will be held monthly, and are limited to 12 participants. Although each workshop will go 'deeper' and build on the previous workshop, new participants are always welcome. (Note that most participants in these workshops don't book via Meetup, so even if there are no 'attendees' listed, they still run!)
What to bring: There will be tea and biscuits provided during a break, and please bring pen(s) and paper.
Cost/Venue: Workshops will be held at the Tree of Life, a lovely quiet space at 143-145 Portland Rd, Hove BN3 5QJ. The cost for each 3 hour workshop is £27, for the two hour ones it is £18 and to book a spot you can pay via Paypal or bank transfer. Contact me for details.
Participants will also gather informally outside of these workshops for writerly support and encouragement.
My experience: I have coached writers and led writing retreats in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S.A. I taught creative writing at The Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka and for the British Council in Colombo. My own work is widely published in a variety of literary magazines and has won a number of awards. You can find out more about me on my website: http://www.sandrajensen.net - and do email me for more information: email@example.com