What’s on? – April 2017 Event Listings

We are all endowed as story-tellers. There is a mystic in every one of us. Writing is about a conversation with yourself and with others. An exchange of energies. It is a skill drawn from attention and openess – an organic process rather…

Creative Wordshops Mar/Apr 2017 Writing Newsletter

Dear writer, storyteller, reader, traveller, lover of words, images, silences… Maps and Scape in Storyland Do stories take place in space and time or are space and time stories? (David Loy) I love encountering mythic landscape in books…

What's on? - Feb 2017 Event Listings

We are all endowed as story-tellers. There is a mystic in every one of us. Writing is about a conversation with yourself and with others. An exchange of energies. It is a skill drawn from attention and openess – an organic process rather…
Types of Ambiguity Dorian Haarhoff

Creative Wordshops Jan/Feb 2017 Writing Newsletter

Ways with Words: Ambiguity Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,…(Keats’s Ode to a Grecian Urn) In the Old Testament, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were thrown into a fiery furnace. From the fire of words three muses arise unbidden.…

What's on? - Nov 2016 Event Listings

If you want these in your area ask ask ask.. I can facilitate on skype too. For many of us poetry was made difficult at school. Yet we can all enjoy reading and writing it. This wordshop is about recovering simplicity and opening ourselves…
Rumi Dorian Haarhoff

Creative Wordshops Nov/Dec 2016 Writing Newsletter

This month I return to listening – an art I don’t always practice. This theme arrived while teaching a Zen Pen retreat at the Buddhist Centre near Ixopo in early October. One of the teachers, Sue Cooper, reminded me that the word ‘silent’…

Creative Wordshops Oct/Nov 2016 Writing Newsletter

This month I read An Altar in the World (Barbara Brown Taylor.) Her book celebrates the body. ‘What is saving my life now is the conviction that there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from the body experiences of human life on earth.…
Light on Leadership

Creative Wordshops Aug/Sep 2016 Writing Newsletter

This month I wish to celebrate a new book with a difference. Light on Leadership: finding, framing and focusing your story . This is Igno Van Niekerk’s leadership acumen hidden in a novel. ‘A snap of a novel to make your life work click.’…

Creative Wordshops Jun/Jul 2016 Writing Newsletter

This month i have been thinking of how writers have approached these lands. Wilder was born in the two lands he speaks of. His twin brother died at birth. Wilder’s words at the end of The Bridge of San Luis Rey, have been resurrected in And…

Creative Wordshops May/Jun 2016 Writing Newsletter

In a recent workshop at the Namibian Children Home in Windhoek I placed a stone in our circle and asked people to share in pairs, stone stories. Such an elemental prompt gathered from the yard in the Children’s home, enegised the room as stories…