These are anxiety-provoking times. We don’t know what’s going to happen next to our health, our finances, our education, our work, our economy, our community, our loved ones and those most vulnerable in our society. Once we have done everything we can to make the best of the situation, we are left with ourselves and our worries. Worrying and feeling fearful, we know, is not helpful. In fact, it can make us ill.
Putting our anxieties and what perplexes us down on the page helps us digest and process what’s happening in our lives. The Life Righting Collective has created an online creative writing course to help you access the healing power of writing during these times – a creative space where we explore and discover aspects of ourselves we didn’t know we didn’t know, along with the satisfaction of uncovering new ways of seeing ourselves through the writing process and, in so doing, finding a way to feel better about our lives.
The course comprises 17 downloadable modules, 16 of which are audio sessions. Most modules will require you to write so please set aside 30-60 minutes per module. You’ll learn about:
- Why It’s Important To Write In The Time Of The Virus
- Mistakes Beginners Make
- Writing From A Safe Space
- Writing From A Difficult Space
- The Agency Of Story
- Writing About Character
- Readings About Character
- Using Scenes As Prompts
- Points Of View
- Engaging Creativity To Manage Anxiety
- How To Use Small Groups For Feedback
- An Exercise On Not Being Able To Get Out
- Beads & String (Scenes & Themes)
- An Exercise On The Scar
- Unfinished Business And The Imagined Space
- How To Keep Going
- References, Our Membership Form And Our Feedback Form (please!).
Once you have signed up for the course, you will also receive the added BONUS of being invited to attend weekly group Zoom meetings, where you can ask questions and raise any concerns you may have with the course facilitator, share your writing and ask for feedback.
We invite you to join the Life Righting Collective’s online Creative Writing Course and join a community of life righting writers. We’ve priced it generously so the course is accessible to as many people as possible.
Dawn Garisch has been running life writing courses since 2009. She has run these for individual participants across South Africa, as part of the ASSITEJ young theatre makers programme, the UFS Academic Support programme, the UCT Art in Medicine course and the UCT Entrepreneur course. Dawn is a medical doctor, as well as an award-winning writer, having published six novels, two poetry collections and two works of non-fiction. She has also had plays, television scripts and one short film produced.