Sunday, May 12th, 11 AM – 1 PM
Jalopy Theater and School of Music, 315 Colombia Street, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Pay what you wish! All proceeds go to Amherst Writers and Artists and are tax deductible. Contact Leslie to sign up.
Treat yourself and your mom to a fun, prompted free-writing workshop with optional sharing and group feedback. I know you gotta brunch with mom (or get brunched), but you can do that afterwards at the super delicious Jalopy Tavern, right next door. Come on out and support a great organization, Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA)! Bring your pen, your paper, your laptop. No donation is too small, and all donations are tax deductible.
If you’re interested in experiencing the AWA method, Write Around the World is a great place to start! If you already know and love the AWA method, this is a wonderful opportunity to give back. The funds you donate ensure that AWA continues to train new leaders and support affiliates to bring the AWA method far and wide. At the end of your WAW session, you can choose to share what you wrote to be published on the AWA blog! Your voice will join writers in: Boston, Toronto, Seattle, Dublin, Malaysia, Chicago, Portland, Vancouver, Houston, Philadelphia, London, Mexico and beyond.
AWA will Write Around the World the whole month of May, so if you can’t make it to Brooklyn on May 12th, check out this list to find a WAW near you!
If you do happen to reside in or near Brooklyn, this dip in might convince you to sign up for the Rough Draft & Works-in-Progress Workshop series, happening Sundays in June and July.
Below you can find a description of how May 12th will go. Hope to see you soon!
I’ll start the workshops off with a writing prompt, which we’ll all (myself included) write to for the allotted amount of time, depending on our attendance, but at least twice. We’ll write about anything and everything, in any form–prose, poetry, play, word cloud, free association…sometimes you might just need to throw ink on the paper to find the way to your words. You are free to approach the writing time with either brand new work or works-in-progress, inspired by the prompt. You can also choose to write to whatever is happening in your head, or out the window, or in the room. Your writing is what matters here, not how you get that writing out onto the paper.
We’ll then go around and voluntarily read our work. Following the practices of the AWA workshop method, all of this first-draft writing will be listened to as fiction or story, so that we can all write as wild, as dark, as heart-rending, as fantastical, or as real as we like, without fear of being judged or assumed into the role of the character or the first-person narrator. No one will be pressured to read, but it really does help inspire confidence in your writing to put yourself out there, and believe me, it gets less scary every time you do!
Again, all writing will be responded to as fiction, or–even if the author does state that their writing is autobiographical–as story, to keep the focus on the writing and the craft as opposed to the writer. Each member of our group is encouraged to respond to what they like, what stands out, what is strong and memorable in the writing. Responses that include criticism, suggestions for revision, or questions about the writer’s motivations or intent will be discouraged in order to keep our hot-off-the-brains writing safe in its incubative state. We can then take that positive feedback home, to steer our new writing however we see fit.
Contact me with any questions.