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“the sheer wonder of a successful workshop” – “a very specific type of joy”

This is A.L. Kennedy in the “Guardian,” a piece on writing workshops. I urge you to read this and then to REGISTER FOR ONE OF MY SUCCESSFUL WORKSHOPS! See this website under “Teaching.”

The article was titled The Real Thing, and headed, “At their best, writing workshops can show us the magic of inspiration taking shape.” Yes, they sure can.

“…the sheer wonder of a successful workshop… Apart from anything else a good workshop can allow us to see – as near as we ever will – writers writing, writing happening, the thing itself. There are few things better than sitting in a room that is suddenly united in action, that suddenly has that tingly, ozone-y feeling of something on its way – of inspiration taking shape, of words struggling or plummeting or bubbling through. When we work ourselves, we’re too engrossed in the process to really be aware of it. When we see it in others – perhaps as part of group authorship, perhaps in a series of solo contributions – then there are moments when we can actually grasp the ungraspable, when we can see a very specific type of joy: the way a face clears and becomes beautiful when it is absolutely focused; completely itself and yet open to something other than itself, touched.

… It occurred to me that when we write fully and honestly, when we speak from who we are, mortal human being to mortal human being, it comes down to this – that we sustain each other with music and dreams of motion, that we say who we are, that we reach out to the friend that is beyond us, out of sight – and this is perhaps defiant in the deepest possible way and is perhaps a type of love and is certainly very much alive and – I think it bears repeating – beautiful.”




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