“A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled.” Raymond Chandler

This workshop is based on the premise that we write not to conquer experience, but to discover it. Through specific storytelling and creative writing exercises, you will mine for meaningful moments, tap their essence and distill it as story.

This workshop weaves the oral tradition into the writing process. As in Crafting Stories from Personal Experience (III), dramatic principles and structure will be at work. So will your sensory and affective memory. You will be asked to follow rules when offering and receiving feedback, to ensure that you write, tell and listen in an atmosphere that is safe. We will focus on crafting, not on language.

As in all story-crafting adventures, language will be honored and awareness of language will be gained. And your story will be proudly published on this website, should you be (courage!) brave enough to give your consent.

Minimum number of participants: 4
Maximum number of participants: 8
Format: One-day workshop