Are you an aspiring writer with “no time” to write? This may be the group for you. We’ll be drawing from both yoga and writing workshop principles to guide our writing group. No, please don’t panic yet, no one is expecting you to do body contortions or be in the process of writing the next Nobel Prize in Literature (never mind doing both simultaneously).
Rather, we’ll be applying some basic yoga principles: 1. Each session we’ll set our intentions for what we’d like to do during the writing session. The intention can be as varied as, “In today’s writing session, I want to complete the scene between these two characters,” or “In today’s writing session, I want to think through and outline the history of this setting,” or “In today’s writing session, I want to write something based on the writing prompt that will make my reading partner say, ‘Wow!’” 2. The practice is for yourself, for your self-improvement. It’s not about comparing to others. 3. Do your best. The goal is to actively participate to whatever level you’re at. The benefit is in the participation, not the end result.
This group will draw from the basic writing workshop format of having a portion of the time set aside for writing and a portion of the time set aside to “workshop” (a.k.a. give peer feedback), though we’ll modify it using the above yoga philosophy: 1. We’ll start with a 10 minute period to think through what it is we’d like to achieve during the writing session. This is the intention setting period. Try to be S.M.A.R.T. about it (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound). Time-bound will be as described below, but the remaining four aspects of your intention is up to you. 2. Once intentions are set, we’ll move into a 30 minute writing period during which time you’re free to write whatever you want. You could work on a portion of your short story, novel, memoire, “How To” guides, or the provided writing prompt, etc. 3. For anyone who wants to participate in the writing workshop period, we’ll put our names on slips of paper and randomly draw a feedback partner. Workshop is optional. Anyone who would rather have more time to write is welcome to continue writing. 4. The last 30 minutes will be spent reading your partner’s work and providing feedback. That breaks down to about 10 minutes to read each other’s work and 10 minutes to discuss each piece of writing.
We’ll be meeting roughly every other weekend at various locations. For some people, different locations will inspire different thoughts and therefore differences in writing, so it’s good to explore. Sometimes we’ll be outdoors, so if you’re planning to type your writing, please make sure you have a full charge on your device – or at least enough to last about an hour and a half.