A story is an apple. It is a sweet swelling of a stem around a few brown seeds. If you cut it from pole to pole, you have a heart. If you open it across its equator, you have a star. Each point holds a new earth. That’s the seed of your story. We’ll find it together.
We will work on naming and recognition within this ancient thicket of tales and tellings and look at your writing from multiple points of view and multiple traditions. You will leave with a big toolkit, with tools both old and new, some made just for you.
Simple but powerful structural techniques and interventions will be introduced and demonstrated, to shift writing from the familiar, where writing is always like looking into fog, to the unfamiliar, that opens up new paths and new possibilities for writers and readers.
ACTION AND VOICE PRINCIPLES
We’ll spend a day exploring the most elusive element of the storytelling: scene building. Take a leap of faith. You will be guided through this new territory until it is your own. Whether you’re writing fiction, non-fiction, scripts or poetry, you will be energized by your own voice.
IS YOUR BOOK LOOKING FOR A HOME?
You aren’t writing into the void, are you? Getting your book published is a bloody business, but we’ll set you up for success with the 10 rules of pitching and practical methods for creating pitches.
FIRST DRAFT IS JUST A BEGINNING
With Harold’s transformative methods for revision and titling, you will discover how creative editing can be.
You will be able to clarify and deepen your story with ease.
TYPICAL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Practical workshop with Harold on bodily points of view.
Writing and consultation time. Sacred stones visit.
Mixing action and voice
Techniques for mixing action and voice, including framing technique and when to break the mirror.
Modes of voice.
Introduction to pitching.
Excursion. Following the story.
Transfer to Minsk. Check in. (by request)