Yesterday marked an enjoyable event for many writer’s in my own community and I was honoured to attend. Emerging novelist thanks to the living biography of Sanctuary: The Story of Naturalist Mary Majka getting rave reviews, selling well and most recently being nominated for the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award, Deborah Carr held a workshop titled WordPlay.
And, boy, what a day of word play! Never before did I attend a workshop where people furiously wrote about such simple things like “bread” for 10 minutes and plead for more at the end. More often do I look up to ponder and see people staring out the window, wiggly anxiously in their seats, tapping their pen/pencil nervously – you’ve heard that light, hollow tip-tip-tiptip before. Not this time. This day was filled with people instead complaining of sore wrists from good ol’ fashioned hand-writing.
Deborah did wonders to make people feel relaxed, welcomed and grateful to be there. I won’t mention her adventurous actions a few of us caught out of the glimpse of our eye but were too “polite” to mention.
I don’t think there was a person who left that room without many starts to something magnificent, including the realization that much can be done in 15 minutes. A lot more than starting at a blank screen or page, being distracted by the possibility of a new useless, or otherwise useful, update on Facebook.
You’re busy – we get that. Everyone is but to call yourself a writer and not find time to write should be criminal. Deborah Carr showed us how to follow a law all writer’s should in being able to write something everyday. Of course I won’t give away all of her secrets or else you won’t attend her workshops in person but she is definitely someone worth meeting if you plan to write or even write to plan. If you love words even half as much as I do the price tag of attending any of her workshops is miniscule compared to the wealth of fun you’ll create.
This edition is feeling more like a sales pitch than I like (and, I promise, I don’t receive commission for referrals – although maybe I should – made out to Sarcastic Butland) but I’m still in awe at how much I wrote today, even while completely exhausted.
Not to sound like Sesame Street but this WordPlay event was brought to us by the wonderful Support to Single Parents.
Thank you to all involved in this wonderful day and thank you for reading,