Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spend An Afternoon Writing In The Garden

If you’ve ever had the urge to pick up a pen and jot down your thoughts, this one-day Write in the Garden workshop is for you!

Writing is hard work – but writer and teacher Beth Kaplan knows how to make it fun. Beth has taught memoir and personal essay writing at Ryerson for 18 years, and for 6 years at UofT. And now she’s offering a one-day workshop from her tranquil garden in Cabbagetown. 

I loved lounging in her leafy backyard, learning to trust my inner voice and tell my stories.  Beth assigns easy but interesting topics that spark imagination. Who wouldn’t want to write about a favourite teacher, or the one object they’d save in a fire? And don’t worry – even those who've never done any creative writing are welcome. The event works for everyone.
The writers wander into the garden to mull, muse and jot down whatever comes into their heads. The focus is on writing – fast and furious! It’s amazing what creative juice can be worked up in such a short time.

After about 15 minutes, we reassemble on the deck. Those who are comfortable reading what they've written are encouraged to do so. But there’s no pressure! Those who'd prefer not to read can just listen. The day is about accessing your stories, your imagination, and your voice. 
Of course, we take breaks to feast on a delicious food and a glass of wine every now and then.

I left this workshop with six new stories and way more confidence in my creative self. Beth is a fantastic instructor, and I’ve worked with her for over a year. She even helped me edit an article that was eventually published in the Globe and Mail.

PS - Laughter, camaraderie and insight are guaranteed at this workshop!

When: Sunday July 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, August (TBD), 10am to 5pm
                                     
Cost: $155 for the day, including food for thought and actual food.  Register early; limited to 10.

Where: Beth’s secret garden in Cabbagetown.

For more information - www.bethkaplan.ca 
To registerbeth@bethkaplan.ca 


--- Lisa Jackson

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