Creative Workshops 2007 August Writing Newsletter
Nasrudin comes home from the marketplace and greets his friend.
“I have sold my Persian carpet for 100 gold pieces.”
The friend’s face falls. “Is that all you’ve got for that exquisite carpet?”
Nasrudin looks bewildered. “Is there a number higher than 100?”
Rumi, the Persian
mystic-poet is buried in
As you approach the grave, there is a gate with a giant padlock guarding the Islamic turban topped vault. The gate stands alone. There is no fence on either side. All you need to do is walk around the forbidding gates.
As you look at the tombstone, there is small peep hole in it. Is it there so that Nasrudin can see who has stopped at the gate? And who has grasped that the gate is no barrier to the mystery within?
Is this a metaphor for the way our writing leads us round the barrier? Into the mystery of fiction? It was Rumi who said, “I have told so many stories that I am become fiction.”
Crossing the River:
10 Aug -
Fri eve to Sun after lunch in the hills of Ixopo…
KZN Ixopo Buddhist Retreat Centre 039 834 1863 email@example.com
The seasons of the year, like the seasons of our lives, prepare us for changes. These changes confront us with loss as we make the transition to a new stage. We explore, discover and reflect these realities as we write and meditate on the transformations in our journey. We consider how writing helps us dip the oars into dark water so we may cross the river safely.
Sun 26 August 09.30 –16.15 (registration 09.15)
True ease in writing comes from art not chance
As those move easiest who have learnt to dance.
Writing involves creating a text then crafting it. Peter Elbow (Writing with Power) compares creating to sailing from the harbour into the blue beyond. He likens crafting to plotting our way home to the harbour.
In this workshop we sail out and we sail home. We create our first drafts. We craft shape and structure them. We balance what is said with what is implied. We ask the questions “How can I encourage the creativity of the reader?” “How can I be present in the text and find my voice?” “How can I let the text sing?”
Beginners are welcome. Come and learn to ‘dance.’ Venue to be announced.
Egoli : the above workshop Sun 30 Sept R450
Leaning towards Spring …..
Two events at the Wakkerstroom Country Inn (already 80% booked)
Want come to Wakkerstroom over the 21-
24 Sept. long weekend? (2,5 hrs drive SE ex Egoli) Why not stay over at the
A Wakkerstroom Creative Writing Workshop R190
Sat 22 Sept 09.30 – 12.45 (registration 09.15)
The good news? Everybody has a story to tell and anybody can write. Writing is not a talent. It is a learnt skill. This workshop gets you started so you can glide across the page. Connect to your creativity and imagination and be at home with words. The workshop shows you how to reach your readers.
Beginners are welcome. Dorian has shown many people how to find the writer hiding inside them. Come and learn to ‘dance.’ Bring writing materials.
Wakkerstroom Bosman & Boerekos Evening R150.00
Saturday 22nd Sept 19.00
It is not the story that counts. It's the way you tell it (Oom Schalk Lourens)
You are invited to join us for an evening of fun, laughter and great food & wine, with Herman Charles Bosman stories. Listen to Oom Schalk narrate stories of love, leopards, peach brandy, concertinas and psalm singing as you savour traditional South African cuisine. And sip a farmer’s thumb of mampoer.
Payment for Bosman evening:
Wakkerstroom Country Inn ABSA Account no: 4059567695
Branch: Volksrust (Please use ‘Bosman’ and your name as reference)
Proof of payment fax: 017 7300621 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poem Poem Poem (PPP) Making Poetry
The second course begins 1 Aug. There have been rich exchanges. Bob Commin who runs the course with me is investigating a publication of the 11 poets involved. Next course Aug. Kirsty writes “It's been a wonderful trip. Thanks for guiding us through it.”
New New New: The Poet’s Voice: Advanced Poetry Writing Course
Bob Commin and I will be offering an email apprenticeship in poetry - The Poet’s Voice . This aims to take you further up the writing mountain and offer you a deeper engagement with your craft and your calling. Our chief concern is not the academic approach to a poem, but a holistic one in which a meeting of reader and poet takes place in and through the text.
This four month course in which participants work through assignments, is structured in the nature of an ongoing conversation. You engage with us and you engage with the group as well. You are committed to keeping a poetry journal to record your four month’s reflections. The journal is a vital part of the process. Flyer on request. Begins in Aug. There is still time to don your poetry boots.
Write Write Write: Writers’ Development: Email Course (WWW)
Elma Pollard, who writes a weekly earth column in the Bolander, and facilitates most of this course, writes:
There have been many requests for follow-up courses. So now I have created wwwfollow1. It will stretch over 3 months. You can start whenever you want. Three assignments, R900 in total. We will link by means of facebook, a stunning tool for internet communities. So head over to www.facebook.com and create your own page. The sooner we do this, the sooner we can all chat together with visuals. (Elma’s email email@example.com. 084 868 2908)
In Aug. I’ll be facilitating a 2 day workshop for Groundwork, a Pmb-based NGO who supports grassroots community campaigns for environmental justice.
I will be working in stories with Morten Nygard whom I mentor. Morten explores body types and natural strengths in the context of leadership and development.
Workshops/Literary Events with other Folk
Bob Commin poet, writer, storyteller and pastor, runs poetry courses/events in the Southern Suburbs (Obs to Fish Hoek) (h) 021 447 9550 082 2025303 firstname.lastname@example.org
www.making-poetry.com Shed some old skins
If you are wanting to write, seek the company of writers. Paul and Fadelah host Hugh Hodge’s Off the Wall Poetry readings once a month on Weds. (email@example.com). and Thurs 2 August is story night … theme? Myths of the God and Goddess with Dorian
May you step round the gate and look Nasrudin in the eye.
PS Thank you to all those who circulate this letter. Sign off if you need to. (I need your name please in order to deregister you)
Dr Dorian Haarhoff
021 855 3937 / 082 873 6802/ fax 086 511 4751