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Cast Off! A Workshop to Create New Writing

Cast Off! A Workshop to Create New Writing

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  • Thu 1 Feb ’18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 8 Feb ’18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 15 Feb ’18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Thu 22 Feb ’18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm


Goods, 342A Tinakori Rd, Wellington



A writer is someone who writes. That’s it. If you’ve always kinda wanted to write but never found the time, motivation, or a community that supported and valued your words, this workshop is for you. If you used to write, love writing, but find that life has nipped away at time to devote to your craft, this workshop is also for you.

Come discover (or rediscover) that writing with others is catharsis, creation, and a good time! Come write, regardless of experience, and find yourself producing and listening to fresh and surprising new works of fiction, poetry, personal essays, personal vendettas, hybrid forms, or even just a nascent flurry of ink on paper–the seed and the spark for deeper exploration–through the celebrated Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method.

Every two-hour workshop will begin with a writing prompt, which we’ll all (myself included) write to for the allotted amount of time, between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on our attendance and plans for that day.

We’ll write about anything and everything, in any form–prose, poetry, play, word cloud, free association… sometimes you might just need to throw ink on the paper to find the way to your words.

Though I’ll be giving new prompts for each writing session (at least twice during our two hours together), you are free to approach the writing time with either brand new work or works-in-progress, inspired by the prompt.

You can also choose to write to whatever is happening in your head, or out the window, or in the room. Your writing is what matters here, not how you get that writing out onto the paper.

We’ll then go around and voluntarily read our work. Following the practices of the AWA workshop method, all of this first-draft writing will be listened to as fiction or story, so that we can all write as wild, as dark, as heart-rending, as fantastical, or as real as we like, without fear of being judged or assumed into the role of the character or the first-person narrator.

No one will be pressured to read (accept for me, pressured only by myself), but it really does help inspire confidence in your writing to put yourself out there, and believe me, it gets less scary every time you do!

Again, all writing will be responded to as fiction, or–even if the author does state that their writing is autobiographical–as story, to keep the focus on the writing and the craft as opposed to the writer. Each member of our group is encouraged to respond to what they like, what stands out, what is strong and memorable in the writing.

Responses that include criticism, suggestions for revision, or questions about the writer’s motivations or intent will be discouraged in order to keep our hot-off-the-brains writing safe in its incubative state. We can then take that positive feedback home, to steer our new writing however we see fit. This workshop focuses on the generative process of creating new writing.

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