When was the last time you went on an adventure and did something different to your usual routine?
When last did you explore the world with childlike awe and wonder?
When last did you experience the city that you live in like a tourist, where everything you experienced was exciting and new and you were open to people, places and things you would normally say no to?
When did you start taking life and yourself so damn seriously and stopped playing?
I really believe that in order to be a great writer/artist/ creative person who does creative things, it’s important to break out of your comfort zone and go exploring and try out things that you might not normally do. That’s why travel is so important because you get to do things that are not part of your normal routine and every day feels like an adventure.
In the Write On! introductory course, one of the prompts students get given as part of their homework is to get out and do something out of the ordinary and break out of their comfort zone. It always amazes me that people always know exactly what they need to do to get past their creative blocks or fears and if they are brave enough, it tends to have some incredible life changing results. It’s often the simplest things that have the greatest impact. You don’t have to go bungee jumping or diving with sharks to feel alive and empowered. The idea is to get out of your head and try something different and be present to what happens.
With this in mind, I have always wanted to bring people together outside the Write On! classroom and go on creative adventures or ‘play dates’ for adults. I initially tried this out a few years ago as part of Creative Week Cape Town in which I took people on a creative walk through Cape Town giving them writing and creative prompts along the way which was a great success.
This concept has evolved with time and now I want to take this a step further. Every month I want to go on a new creative adventure. Every adventure will be different. You may be given prompts to write, take photos, document your experience or do something creative and will be given time to write, explore, and share. You can participate as much or as little as you want but the more you give, the more you will get out of the experience.
A few weeks ago, we tried out the first play date with some students past and present after sending out the call to come on a creative adventure. Thanks to all of you who participated despite the cold night air. You can check out the photos from the first play date here:
Now, we are opening up this experience to you dear readers. Want to know more? Head on over to the link below:
Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis and spaces are limited. All event details can be found on the right hand side of this newsletter or at the website link above.
We also have our Advanced Course, Writing To Heal which starts next Tuesday 25th July 2017. We have decided to shorten the course slightly to 5 weeks and tweak it with new and improved prompts. This course is open to any students that have already done the introductory course and students that would like a refresher course are also welcome to join in at a discounted rate. Please note that there are only three spaces left for this course. We only run the Advanced course a few times a year, so there are limited opportunities to take part. Please use our contact form below to book your place.
For all our course and workshop information, go to https://tellyourstorywithwriteon.wordpress.com/courses-and-workshops
Bookings can be made via email or directly from our website.
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