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 LIFE (CHANGING) WRITING: WHY YOUR STORY MATTERS AND HOW UNDERSTANDING IT CAN UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVE POTENTIAL

Sally Cranswick, writer and workshop facilitator

Over a series of five two-hour online workshops, we will discuss how the power of a purposeful daily writing practice will boost your creativity like a magic wand in slow motion. Together we will look at written texts, work through writing prompts and engage with our own life stories.

 

Session titles

1.  Clear the way I’m going to write
Why your story matters. How to create a daily writing habit and make a physical and emotional writing space for yourself.

      The daily creative task 1

2.  Great creators write
Scientists, philosophers, artists, painters, inventors and authors use pen and paper to reach their greatest work. We will discuss how writing allows a narrative process that brings creative results.

      The daily creative task 2

3.  Protagonists and antagonists
Ancestors, teachers, mentors and community; what these people bring to your story.

      The daily creative task 3

4.  Don’t show me the money
Doing what we love for free – plus some technical aspects of writing your story such as timelines and memory work.

      The daily creative task 4

5.  The magic wand moment
Synchronicity, reflection and projection. Tuning in to your creativity and how to grab the ideas before they float away, plus some real-life stories.

 

Recommended reading

Bennett, A. 1989. The Lady in the Van. Faber & Faber.

Sedaris, D. 2000. Me Talk Pretty One Day. Abacus.

Gilbert, E. 2015. Big Magic. Bloomsbury.

Didion, J. Essay: On Keeping a Notebook. (available online)

This course will be offered on Zoom. The link will be provided upon registration.

 

ONLINE: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/performance.aspx?itemid=1509162476

 

DATE: Monday 17–Friday 21 January
TIME: 10.00 am–12.00 pm
COURSE FEES: R1 500 (online)
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20
PLATFORM: ZOOM