Over the years I’ve approached writing with:
1) An ego-based, left-brain, “yang” energy, pushing myself hard, pursuing sky-high expectations of achievement. This made writing torturous and left me constantly falling short, feeling like a failure, writing at a rate of 2 sentences per hour, and eventually giving up.
2) An instinct-based, right-brain, “yin” energy, much gentler to myself and my writing as I tried to let it come to me without demands or expectations. This helped me explore my writing and produce a lot more words, but could still be pretty torturous as my stories lacked plot, structure, and drive, and my writing sessions often felt directionless and confusing.
3) And finally, as you may have guessed, an approach that is a balance of the two, and is generative, nourishing, supportive, sustainable, and productive.
Yearning to write, struggling to write, failing to write, and -- finally -- writing: this has been my life's work.
So when the artistic director of the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival (full disclosure: I'm married to him) asked if I would create a creative writing course for their new artistic mentorship program, I found I had quite a lot to share.
I'm offering two courses this fall through the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival's Artistic Mentorship Program:
Writing Creatively is for adults who yearn to tap into creativity reliably and joyfully, without running into writer's block and giving up when they've barely started.
Creative Writing for Teens is for creative writers aged 14-18 who love to write and want guidance to develop the tools they need, with the freedom to follow their own creative path.
In each of these 8-week virtual courses, we will:
Writing Creatively meets virtually Wednesdays at 7:30pm from October 28 to December 16, 2020.
Creative Writing for Teens meets virtually Thursdays at 4:30pm from October 29 to December 17, 2020.
This approach to creative writing is perfect for you if:
If this sounds like something you or someone you know has been looking for, you can find out more about Writing Creatively here.
If there's a literary teenager in your life, send them on over to discover Creative Writing for Teens here.