Makara Writing Workshop on Hiatus
I founded a free writing workshop for all genres back in August at Makara Library as a way to get back to my own work. I've never had self-discipline as a writer and have always needed something structured like a class to force me to produce. Not super proud of that fact, but now that I've accepted it, I've found a way to work with and around it through starting this workshop.
I love that it forces me to show up not just for myself but for other writers. It gets my creativity going, even when it's not my turn to produce any work. Reading others' writing and thoughtfully responding to their work flexes my critical thinking and editing muscles as well. In short, it's been a good thing.
Early in the workshop, when people signed up for the days they want their work discussed, I planned a hiatus for the holiday season because I knew it would be less convenient for people to show up during this crazy time. Our last meeting was Nov 6th, and I was glad for it because my mind was already wandering toward the next project and toward hunkering down and "hibernating" as much as possible for the fall/winter.
That doesn't mean that I'm not looking forward to starting up the workshop again. I'm planning a mid-to-late January reboot, so be on the lookout for that. I might play around with the structure of it to encourage people to produce fresh material, but we'll see. There's so much we can do with this. It's gonna be good.