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Workshop #1
 

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Workshop Materials

Suggested Reading:

(1)  These are two blogs that I wrote.  By no means do I offer them as models of writing, but we will discuss and critique their structure:

Fear to Fuel

Fear and Snow



(2)  This is a fascinating video that a friend of mine recently shared with me.  It is really worth the 20 minutes.  If you don't have that time, fast forward to the last 10 minutes.  If you don't even have time for that, click HERE to read an excerpt of my favorite part. 

The Power of Vulnerability



(3)  I also suggest reading Chapter One ("Getting Started") from Anne Lamott's book, "Bird by Bird."  It won't disappoint.



Warm Up:

Introductions -- What writing have you done?  What writing do you hope to do? 



Skill: 

Being vulnerable

Brainstorming



Workout of the Day:

​"This I Believe."  Brainstorm statements to expand upon. 



For more information on this concept and to learn about the international organization based upon it, please click HERE

Homework:

Draft a "This I Believe" writing piece and share it with one person. 

Brainstorm possible "final projects" that you could create.





 

Suggested Reading:
Excerpts from This I Believe, New York Times Best Seller edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman (I have emailed this to you). 

Warm Up:

Group discussion of how you came to decide on what to write about from your list of things that you believe. Did you have to sit and think about it for a while? Did the "best" topic jump out at you? Do you wish you wrote about something else? Do you like what you wrote? What are your thoughts on sharing it with the group? Did you enjoy any of the published essays you read? 



Share your This I Believe essays with your group.


Skill:

"Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." -- Kenny Rogers

Brainstorm different final projects. 


Workout of the Day:
"If I knew then what I know now..."

Homework:

Finish your Workout of the Day draft ("If I knew then what I know now...") and share it with one new person. You don't have to use this phrase in your essay, but rather, use this phrase as a jumping off point for your brainstorming.  Let it take you wherever you'd like.  You may write about regret, or about personal growth.  As always, it can be serious or funny or anything in between. If you are struggling, perhaps you can think about trying to write a commencement speech or graduation card that you would have appreciated years ago. What would you tell yourself as you graduated from kindergarten or elementary school or high school, etc.?

Suggested Reading: 

Bird by Bird: "Short Assignments" 

Excerpts from Letter to My Daughter (by Maya Angelou)

 

Warm Up: 

Share "Big Questions from Little People" 

 

Skill: 

Getting in the writing habit.

(Discuss Bird by Bird and Letter to my Daughter excerpts.)

 

Workout of the Day: 

The Encyclopedia of You

 

Homework: 

Finish your Workout of the Day draft ("The Encyclopedia of You") and share it with one new person.

Suggested Reading:
Excerpts from Big Questions from Little People and Simple Answers from Great Minds, compiled by Gemma Elwin Harris and emailed to the group.   



"Oprah" blog (We will discuss why this is relevant.)

Warm Up:
Review ideas for different final projects.

Share 5 different WODs (Workout of the Days).  


Skill:
How to write from a slant. 

The power of simplification. 

Workout of the Day:
"Big Questions from Little People"

Homework:
Finish your Workout of the Day draft ("Big Questions from Little People") and share it with one new person.

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Homework: 

 

Please bring a poem, quote, book passage, song lyrics, or photo that you want to write about. 

 

Warm Up: 

Write about the homework you brought with you. 

 

Skill:

Looking out for inspiration. 

Write, write, write.

 

Workout of the Day: 

Share our work!

 

Homework: 

Write on!

 

 

 

Suggested Reading: 

Bird by Bird: "Character" and "Index Cards"

 

Warm Up: 

Read and discuss Suggested Reading.

 

Skill:

Examining our own characters for writing material. 

 

Workout of the Day: 

Share Encycolpedia of Me writing pieces.  

 

Homework: 

Read the poem, by Wislawa Szymborska. Link HERE.  Write a response or reaction to a particular thought, emotion, or memory that the poem conjures up in you. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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