Saturday, 2 May 2009
The Writing Gym
Today, I attended a saturday workshop called "The Writing Gym" at Bristol Folk House. My main purpose in signing up for it was to socialise with some "real-life" writers, not that your online company isn't fantastic of course, but it's nice to meet people face-to-face sometimes. Other than that, I had no expectations except to have fun and write. It was a really good experience. The workshop was meant for novices, which means a lot of advice given - while excellent - I was already familiar with. But it didn't ruin the experience for me in any way. Writing exercises were great fun, and good challenge. It is amazing how easy it is to write in a company of people, when at home by myself, time seems to stretch sometimes. I must have wrote few thousand words at least, and while during the free-write got a skeleton sketch for a short story, as well as an idea for a potential flash fiction piece. The workshop was taught by Rosemary Dun. Her energy and enthusiasm made the workshop a rewarding experience. I have attended saturday classes on various subjects at local university before, and every time, if the teacher is enthusiastic it becomes a most productive experience. It was also fascinating to see what experiences other aspiring authors/poets go through, what sort of fears and insecurities they suffer from, and what their hopes are for their writing. I have signed up for one more session called "The Writer's Spa" in July. Already looking forward to that.