String of Beads Wordshops
In conjunction with a book I'm planning to write next year, I'll be running a series of wordshops in different places.
Working title for book and wordshops:
A String of Beads - Threading your story and life together.
In the wordshop we will create a set of beads, assign meaning to each bead and string our words around this this structuring device.
While walking a pilgrim path in Europe in July 2014, I came across a person who carried a set of beads. This encouraged me to create a set of
24 beads of different colours.
The book will include fiction, myth. I'll include life stories out of writing/story-telling wordshops as well as insights into creativity, imagination and the writing process. I'm fascinated by how beads feature in many cultures and faiths so the book will touch on this. Beads have been created from organic materials such as grasses, cocoons, shells and ostrich eggs. There are also rosaries such as "Our Lady Queen of Africa‟ threaded with semi-precious beads. Its centrepiece is based on the Ethiopian cross. Upheavals, atrocities and suffering have inspired other rosaries.
So if this appeals, let's set it up. Contact me. We can set it up for late Nov or early Dec 2014 or next year.
The Magic Carpeters Writing group
Last Wed evening of every month 6.30–9.30
The 2014 theme: Beyond the senses. Writing exercises, conversation, energy, soup and wine. We meet in a grand, old Stellenbosch house.
Want to join in 2015?
Symbols, Images and Dreams: a Writing Wordshop based on Jung’s Insights into Creativity
Sun 16 Nov 2014 09.30 -16.30
I was driven to ask myself …“what is the myth you are living?”
I found no answer …
So… I took it upon myself to get to know “my” myth, and I regarded this as the task of tasks - Jung
This practical wordshop considers Carl Jung‟s impact and influence on the way we create our memoirs, fiction and poetry. Jung‟s insights reverberate through our words and have been elaborated on though Jungians such as James Hollis, Clarissa Estes, Marion Woodman, Helen Luke, James Hillman and Joseph Campbell. We will touch on:
Myths Archetypes and Characters
Symbols and Images
The Unconscious - Collective and Individual
Shadow and Substance
Synchronicity and Plot
Though exploring these Jungian concepts, and writing in relation to them, this wordshop experience will deepen your writing in both its creative and crafting phases. We consider how to self-reflect and make the creative process conscious.
also taught in a Canadian Creative Writing Faculty and in many schools. His workshops are based on his text The Writer’s Voice.
Bring writing materials, old magazines and scissors. Bring your own light lunch I'll provide tea and coffee.