We recognize three voices in the writer's psyche: "Editor," "Writer," and "Crazy Child" -- or creative unconscious. The Editor is the "should " voice, as in you should write everything perfectly the first time, you should make money with your writing, you should make no spelling errors. The Writer organizes your writing life, finds blank paper and pens that work, makes time to sit at the computer or go to a coffeehouse with a laptop. The Crazy Child is the urge to write, that itch in your psyche or body that wants to get out into the world. We'll tell the Editor and Writer to take a walk and let your Crazy Child write whatever it wants.
Our Writers and Editors may be fine at their jobs, but they often get involved too early in our writing. By letting the Crazy Child write whatever it wants, we'll produce energetic and enlightening rough drafts. These drafts will display our strengths, our passion and our most deeply held beliefs, and they are usually strongly stated. When we repeat your most vivid lines back to you, you'll discover that you are doing at least one or two things very well. You'll find your Crazy Child is smarter and far better organized than the Editor and Writer might think.
Note: this workshop is included if you're in a 10-week workshop series or in a novel workshop. It is offered once a month, on either a Saturday or Sunday, at one of the writer's home, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with a potluck lunch or lunch in a nearby restaurant, depending on location. If you are not enrolled in a 10-week series the fee is $80.00. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
2-Busy-2-Write Writers' Group
Every Tuesday evening.
These mini-Crazy Child Workshops meet at 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday nights for those who are too busy to otherwise do the writing they love. Clive or other writers will introduce an exercise and then leave the writers in peace to write for about an hour. Then, if we choose, we can share our work. Writers are often surprised by what they created from those prompts. This is a drop-in session, $10.00 (or bring a snack to share).