I love writing, and part of who I am as an educator is to encourage others to discover the joy of writing as well. So, I decided to create a writer’s workshop for those souls who might like to tap into their creative side and give it a try. The workshop is for those who also have something they would like to publish. No strings attached—no fees, just fun and discovery!
I would like to share with everyone the topics we covered in our first few workshops.
Writing and its Health Benefits: A valuable tool for promoting mental and emotional health! Stress reduction, emotional release, improved mood, enhanced creativity, better communication skills, cognitive benefits exercising the brain, healing and recovery, goal achievement, improves self-confidence/self-esteem, and mindfulness.
Where do IDEAS come from?: One can generate ideas from childhood memories (certainly can create engaging stories), experiences (your ‘first’ something always has a fresh perspective), and imagination (let your mind travel, daydream, and record your dreams in the morning!). Use observational skills, be mindful and notice things around you—people watch, walk through the countryside, the woods, and arboretums. Maybe think about the last conversation you had with someone that left you wondering.
Use writing prompts; they are meant to inspire a writer with the basic theme or topic for a story. Here are some examples:
Write about a world where people's memories can be visible in some form.
Describe a character who discovers a hidden portal to another dimension in their backyard.
Create a story that begins with the line: "The old schoolhouse had a secret, and I was about to uncover it."
Imagine a future society where emotions are controlled by technology. How does this affect relationships?
Write a dialogue between two strangers who meet during a delayed flight at an empty airport.
Describe a day in the life of a superhero's sidekick who is tired of always being in the shadows.
Explore the perspective of an inanimate object witnessing a significant historical event.
Write a letter from a character to their past self, giving advice on how to navigate the future.
Grab your journal or computer and have fun! You hold the key to creating anything you wish!