The first workshop focused on Writing Place.
Place plays many functions in writing. It is not just factual, but gives texture to the writing. It creates and establish a visual image, and scene. The description of place acts as a metaphor for feelings, and creates mood and atmosphere. The place establishes not just the natural or urban landscape, but also the social and cultural politics of that location. It tells you who inhabits that place, who travels there, what encounters you are likely to have.
In the first exercise, the group was asked to look around the room, and allow one of the objects to lead to a short piece of writing.
In the second exercise, the group was asked to remember and narrate an encounter on a street.