By choosing a place that was unfamiliar yet safe, fabled and a little unpredictable, what was it that we would learn about our emerging changes, attitudes, tastes and talents that could be applied to the chapters remaining to us? Email me at: [email protected] Cambridge Center for Adult Education class meeting February 23, 2016. Basic principles: We look at work with certain blinders created by class, education, the experience of others, as well as our own view of how work has worked out for us. Soon, we discover that another more intimate side of us emerges that is curious about the unfolding life of this character called “me”.
That process is yet unfolding as I redesign the travel component of my work to focus on the concept of Writing for One Week in Istanbul / 2016 and Writing For a Week in Southern France Sept / Oct 2016. 2) At a time when we are reconsidering our relationship to work, we need to widen our focus on what may be the relevant information we can draw upon for reimagining our work. We embark on a new season of writing and discovery. Once we become comfortable with the “I” who is narrating the story (or indeed, we may shift to a he/she or even “you” point of view) we realize we can tell our life story from a variety of directions, accents, points of view, personas, and states of mind.
1) List 15 important moments in your life (positive/ negative/ combinations of the two–not necessarily work related). These do not have to be job ideas for which you are qualified or would actually want to pursue once you reconsidered, but the goal here is to gain flexibility in coming up with ideas and letting the seeds within them germinate into something that does, in fact, have some impact for you. We start with prompts, read what we write and check in on writing being done during the week. What did Deborah Mac Kenzie see when she quickly turned on the lights? On either side of the road or river, doodle in visual elements (phone numbers, names of restaurants, the smell of gas being pumped, the odd look or Motel 6 after a weary day, the front door that got left open after your sister said good-bye).
There may said to be among the moments that have influenced your growth over time Once you’ve listed them, doodle a scene or object that relates to that experience and write a few sentences about each of the 15 moments. Good luck Most Thursday evenings throughout the year, writers meet at the Grafton Street Writing Center / 50 Grafton Street Arlington MA to write from -pm. If you’re not a regular, call ahead and let me know you’re coming: 781.640.9957 / $35 per evening Free writing about writing: Runners line up knowing Heartbreak Hill is coming. A friend says it is like tasting the blood of the chicken, once you do it, you can’t not do it again. Keeping your journal in this way may make the process more alive for you especially if you’re being made aware of the sensory aspects of memories that may be lacking those elements.
2) Use your camera like a journal and take pictures of the things you notice this week. Some of us ran without tasting the blood or any other part of the chicken, but some knew the inexorable power and grace that came from making it through and over that hill and will do so over and over again…try to. Keep at it for these weeks and see what you might discover!
Is there a story in you that has grabbed you that you have yet to write? Let me know how it goes and send me a sample from your journal that I’ll post. We are in the honeymoon phase of winter and welcoming the frequency with a mix of awe and temperance.
Writing that helps us connect to key memories has the power to reshape the story we tell about ourself and opens us to insight that may impact our work, our personal life and the years ahead.
The scent of Wrigley’s, My Sin or Old Spice, the sound of Piaf, Zeppelin or Nirvana, the feel of Days of writing Trumbo-style—(based on Dalton Trumbo’s writing schedule as portrayed in the current movie, TRUMBO—in his case, 18 hours a day / 7 days a week!! In my version, one TRUMBO day is 9AM to 6PM with constant coffee and liquids, bites to eat, quick walks around the block, writing prompts and check-ins at different points in the day, shifting locations for writing…(local library, local coffee bar) anything and everything that gets that writing, editing, revising, computing done!Bring stories / novels in progress / start something new. Rewriting, revising is easier when others are doing it too! Next TRUMBO day-long writing binge will be February 1, 2016 / Discover and bring your stories to life using innovative approaches that bypass habitual memory and go to the heart of your experience.8 Wednesdays; -PM: Begins January 13, 2016 / 50 Grafton Street, Arlington MA / on street parking / Route #77 bus line out of Harvard Square / 5 With journals, cameras and art supplies, 9 of us traveled to Morocco for 12 days to see what we could learn about our own inner journey by exploring our responses to the external world.Two weeks later, the honeymoon may end, we will be looking at the very post post-ice age phenomenon of all snow all the time.Our systems will adjust–our DNA will reshape so that we grow hair for warmth and height for pulling icicles off one another’s roof.Until that time comes, we write about the first sprouts of hair and the sudden inching out of once treasured shoes.