Word art portrait by Michael Volpicelli
Word Play classes always go too quickly: both the hours of them each week, and the weeks of each session. I tell you this because the next series begins April 2. Sign up now. It’s a perfect treat for spring.
If you’ve never joined one of these workshops, it may be hard to understand how very fulfilling it is. Each 2-hour session is a chance to reside in your subconscious. It is a sort of command invitation to be creative. It is an astonishing family of like-minded, curious and expressive folks. Everyone is equal, and all are supportive.
We generally begin with an example, often a poem, sometimes an excerpt from a story. We listen to it. And then, we look at it. We talk about it until there is nothing left to consider. This part of the workshop will build your confidence as a reader. You will begin to know how to study a piece. You will trust your own intuition, your ear.
After this, a prompt… something, hopefully, that you don’t expect. I’ll give you time, and you’ll feel a little like you’re unraveling parts of yourself as you write. You may feel uncertain, but you’ll most likely write well. And then, (very, very gently) the group will listen and offer confirmation that, as you foamed along, they followed. They will point out the places they truly care about. They might sigh (this is always good.)
You’ll leave the classes feeling lucky that you get to do this. At least, I expect that’s how you’ll feel, and I hope some of my students will pipe in here and confirm.