2023 WRITER IN RESIDENCE WORKSHOP: The Writer's Journal
Saturday | October 21, 2023 | 10am-3pm MT
Alexandra Writers Centre - Literary Salon
AWCS Members: $75 (with member coupon AWCSM25)
Many of us already keep journals as ways of chronicling our days and experiences. Some of us may even take part in journaling exercises such as Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages, designed to get us engaged with, and in charge of, the unfolding of our days. But how many of us really allow ourselves to cut loose with creativity in our journals? These are safe spaces designed to allow us to explore, but do we really push the bounds of their capacity?
This course will support participants in pushing beyond the boundaries of their current journaling practice. Instead of just writing down the day’s events and reflecting on them, we’ll explore the idea of the journal as a pre-production space, one that can serve as both reflective space and incubation space for the ideas for future projects. We’ll map and collage our ideas, incorporating found materials from our everyday lives and the natural world. Together, we’ll look at ways to make our journaling process even more rich and generative, the pages reflective of both writing
and art, and full of ideas to expand upon in our writing practice.
Initial materials will be provided, but all participants are encouraged to bring in magazines and stickers, coloured pens, pieces of fabric, natural materials, sheet music, maps, anything that speaks to you and the exploratory journaling work you want to practice. Set your imagination free on the page!