- Fiction and Life? The thin line. A Zoom Writing Wordshop
Sun11 Oct 2020 09.30 – 12.40ish R340 pp (12 max)
Fiction is art and art is the triumph over chaos… to celebrate a world that lies spread out around us like a bewildering and stupendous dream. (John Cheever)
We love stories for we are stories – living walking talking stories. The Psalmist reminds us we live our days as a tale that is told. We make up as we go along. Our memories are tricksters for we are forever interpreting what has happened in different ways. This wordshop considers how this can increase our sense of aliveness and enrich our lives and writing.
A fiction writer’s memory is an imperfect provider of detail; we can always imagine a better detail… the most truthful one is what could or should have happened… Being a writer is a strenuous marriage between careful observation and just as carefully imagining the truths you haven’t had the opportunity to see. (John Irving)
- The Rough Writing Road: Keeping a Journal
Sun 25 Oct 2020 09.30 – 12.40ish R340 pp (12 max)
Why the rough road? It’s writing that has not been crafted or edited. Spontaneous. Rough also as in rough days. It’s the place of beginning.
Many writers have kept journals. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather—in many cases—offers an alternative to it. (Susan Sontag)
Journals inform and support all genres. As a think book a plan book an open-hearted one. Instants of inspiration. As William Blake says, kissing the moment as it flies. This wordshop will lead you into keeping that vital journal.
- Magic Carpet Writing Group R690 (6 sessions)
Next Zoom Wed 28 Oct 17. 30 – 19.30
Need to be part of a fun-loving supportive thinking/being group of aspirant writers?
…. we meet in an art studio. Writing exercises, conversation, energy, soup and wine. Beginners are welcome… make writing friends ….
Our 2020 theme? – Once upon a life…… Fairy tales – ancient, modern and us