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– Workshop Participant.
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Our last workshop together was a short one. After check-in, each participant became co-authors of an impromptu story. You could write between one to six items on the chart paper, with punctuation counting as an item. No passing on writing! You must write something – anything! And what we ended up with was a story that none of us knew exactly where it was going, nor what sharp twist or turn it would take next.
This was a challenging exercise for the participants; however, it was a fun one. A great way to show that our words, art and writing are living. Jasbina had mentioned in their workshop that one word or literary device can inform an entire piece. But with this exercise, I wanted to convey that sometimes our stories write themselves. Sometimes, they know themselves better than we know them in the moment.
Sometimes all we need to do is listen and follow along.