Drawing on the classical idea of the Four Elements, this workshop explores the symbolic power of Fire in our writing and creative process.
We’ll consider how Fire can:
sustain the creative energy of our writing practice, from initial spark to final draft
help to deepen the intention and draw out the theme within our writing
bring life to aspects of craft such as voice, dialogue and characterisation
not only fuel conflict but also critique its role in our stories
Brief preparatory exercises, including reading suggestions, will be circulated in advance, and further resources will be provided on the day and in follow-up notes. The emphasis during the day will be practical, and there will be plenty of exercises to fire up your writing and create passion and power in your storytelling.
This is one of four new workshops expanding upon the successful workshop Everyday Magic: The Four Elements of Creativity. Fire will be followed by Water (January), Earth (March), and Air (May). Each workshop can be taken alone, and will be of use to beginning or experienced writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each day will also include a session with a special guest. More information to come.
Andrew Wille is a book doctor and writing teacher. At Little, Brown and as a freelance editor he has published and edited many bestselling and critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction. He studied and taught at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado, birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement, and draws on contemplative and holistic approaches to creativity in his teaching. He writes fiction and nonfiction, and also blogs and offers resources on writing and publishing at www.wille.org.