If fiction is about emotional truth, how do we get there and how do we know when we’ve arrived?
We write around the tender spot, the toughest truths. Or we try and go straight for it, but still dance around hoping we can get our feet just a little bit hot and that will be enough. Maybe we can write around the fire and not actually have to go in, not have to burn, but we know it’s inevitable. The core is always drawing us closer. If we keep at it, we’ll get there in the way that we’re supposed to (which is not always the way we want). It will be an experience that we can only partially anticipate, but we’ll know when we’ve arrived because that is when the story becomes its freest.
This workshop is a space to explore together and take flight whether that flight is above the clouds, or centimeters off the ground where we can still touch our reassuring shadow, or somewhere in between.
We will look at mentor texts and share our own work through the process of 1. free writing 2. oral retelling 3. reading out loud and listening deeply. During this workshop we might not get all the way into the fire but we will move several steps closer through the acts of sharing and receiving.
Please bring something you have been working on and are willing to share. It does not have to be a finished piece. Most important is that it’s writing you keep going back to in order to dig deeper and when you reread it your heart beats faster.