Creative Wordshops August 2019 What’s on …

If you want these in your area ask ask ask..
On line writing support
I facilitate writing courses for folk afar. Wherever you are in the world you can be part of a ‘virtual’ group


1 Somerset West
Magic Carpet Writing Group R590 (5 sessions)

Next meeting Wed 31 July 18.30 – 21.30
Need to be part of a fun-loving supportive thinking/being group of aspirant writers?
…. we meet in an art studio. Writing exercises, conversation, energy, soup and wine. Beginners are welcome… make writing friends …. Our 2019 theme – the Hero’s Journey… creating your myth

  1. Pringle Bay Poetry Moments Monthly bring and share your own or poems you poems you live and love … a freebie….. Tues 30 July … next Tues 27 Aug @ 18.01ish
  2. Pringle Bay
    A String of Beads Writing Wordshop: Threading your Story and Life
    Sun 4 Aug 09.30 – 16.15 R480

This bead wordshop is for those who wish to:
learn and practice the craft of writing
find support and good company
explore their creativity and imagination
find their voice
connect to readers

Beads feature in many cultures and faiths. Some sets are created from organic materials such as grasses, cocoons, shells, gems, crystals and ostrich eggs. There are rosaries such as ‘Our Lady Queen of Africa’ threaded with semi-precious stones. Upheavals, rituals, joy and suffering have inspired other bead work. Beads honour ancestors. They can be created around passions, exchange, relationships, meditations, significant symbols. The configurations are endless.

In the wordshop we create a set of beads, assign meaning to each bead and string our words around this structuring device. Each bead holds a kaleidoscope of stories asking to be told. So the beads act as a prompt. Beginner writers are welcome.

Bring writing materials, beads for mix and match and a lunch to share. I’ll provide tea and coffee. And will supply some extra beads
Venue: 345 Hangklip Rd Pringle Bay (home of Annemarie 082 900 9106)

4 . McGregor Poetry Festival
23 -26 Aug (Sat 24 10.30 – 11.15 –“ The moon within the moon without”
‘There’s a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it’ (Rumi)
I share this slot with Marguerite Osler V D Merwe, Peter Fox and Gerald Steward.

5a. Buddhist Retreat Centre, Ixopo
bookings [email protected] 039 834 1863

Mindful writing – Zen Pen: A Writing, Being & Meditation Retreat
Fri 6 –Sun 8 Sept
Looking at your image in a clear stream, you answer the question by your very presence
In this workshop we explore the connection between writing and meditation. We write and meditate on the many changes and transformations we experience as we journey along the river of our lives. We consider how creativity steadies the boat and how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may navigate the river safely.

5b. Mirror. Lens and Window: the Art of Journaling
Sun 8 – Tues 10 Sept

Some record only what has happened to them; but others record how they happened to the universe. (Henry David Thoreau)

The word ‘journal’ comes from Old French, ‘day’. So it is our daily encounter with ourselves through the mirror, lens and window of words and silence. ‘Journal’ echoes the word ‘journey’, as we travel through inner and outer landscapes. In this retreat we write with the ear, eye and heart.

  1. Durban
    The Great Metaphor Hunt: A Storyshop for Therapists and Other Healers
    Sat 14 Sept 2019 09.30 – 16.00 R950

I love metaphor. It provides two loaves where there seems to be one. Sometimes it throws in a load of fish. (Bernard Malamud)

Metaphors are everywhere, open to the eyes that seek them. Especially in nature. This hunt, (rich in story, words, images and symbols) aims to enrich the personal and work experience of those involved in the healing professions. It will help you create a more dynamic practice and widen your repertoire of skills.

Playing with metaphor is an opportunity to become curious again, free fall with words, ignite creative participation in our clinical work. (LIzbe Vos, therapist)
Contact: Wendy Kempster [email protected]

Inside the Sentence: Creative Writing at two Durban Schools
Livingstone Primary (Fri 13 Sept) and Westville Boys’ High (Mon 16 Sept)
(Through the kindness of Wendy Kempster)