It's not a bad joke, I promise. Seems like a weird mix right? But, that is what I ended up with at my first workshop this weekend. Our community school offered an "Artrageous" Festival where I was asked to give a writing workshop to children. I expected mostly girls, younger kids, and nerves on my part. Instead, I ended up with a nice mix of boys and girls from ages 6-12 and easily settled into feeling comfortable.
We focused on just a few things:
We talked about writing what you know and looking at conflict and resolution. What they came up with was not only based on those things, but really creative as well.
The boy who liked science came up with a dinosaur story. The dinos were trying to find some shade but the shade turns out to be a meteor.
A boy who just spent the weekend near Lake Okanagan had the Ogopogo on his mind. The poor sea serpent was dueling with the Lochness Monster in his story.
The girl who liked giraffes wrote a cute story about a giraffe getting stuck in a tree and eating his way out only to become quite chubby.
It was very fun to listen to them come up with ideas for stories, to share with each other, and to help each other find solutions. Doing the workshop reminded me very much of being on Twitter with other writers, as well as just being a writer, for a number of reasons:
So I learned to take chances this week, made it through something I'd never tried before, and ended up with some great ideas for my own stories.
How about you? Have you done anything that intimidated you that turned out way better than you thought it would? Feel free to share.