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STORYTELLING UNLEASHED

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.

HANDS-ON TECHNIQUES

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.

STRUCTURAL TRICKS

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.

Even after the residence program is over we’ll be in touch with you to help you achieve your goals. And the facebook group tribe has your back.

TYPICAL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

Midday arrival; lunch; house and surroundings tours. Discovery. Consultation time.
Welcome dinner. Fairy tales. What’s your story? Symbols and folk motifs from Central European Forest.

WEDNESDAY

Getting Started
30-minute QiGong.
Practical workshop with Harold on bodily points of view.
Writing and consultation time. Sacred stones visit.

Artur’s concrete blocks and other great beginnings.  Setting mood. Color palettes for writers. Light and darkness as characters.

THURSDAY

Writing time. Fun 1-hour body movement session to unleash creativity
Yourself as a character The ins and outs of meeting your life anew. Interviewing your characters. How tough on your characters should you be?

FRIDAY

Writing time. 1-hour creativity booster session. Optional mirroring improv. Forms of flow. The effects of stopping.
Taste exercise. Power and allure of the oldest and the most social sense. Metaphor and symbol.

SATURDAY

Dancing the story 1-hour body flow exercise. Writing and consults. Enjoy the local experiences: fishing, biking, meeting locals (by request).

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.

SUNDAY

Writing Time & Consuts; Enjoy the local experiences: fishing, biking, meeting locals by request.
Revision&Plotting without tears Simple transformative methods for clarifying and deepening your story line. Advanced pitching.

MONDAY

Excursion. Following the story.

Storytelling night.

TUESDAY

Good-bye breakfast. 

Transfer to Minsk. Check in. (by request)

Will Write Fresh Ink workshop make a difference in my writing process?

WANT TO HEAR FROM WRITERS WHO’VE worked WITH US?

Harold's gentle requests for more explorations in my work, his way of requiring a grounding of the abstract poetic in the concrete world, and his incredible literary knowledge that he shared so generously with me, all led me to a much deeper place than I might have arrived at travelling alone.

Lesley-Anne Evans

Yulia has always inspired me to listen to my own wisdom and to write as much as I can. When I'm with her my mind is filled with different ideas and possibilities for writing stories. I'm looking forward to filling up my page.

Leichandra Truong

Writing with Yulia has been an adventure. An exploration of techniques with impromptu turns in discovery. We did characters sketches while practising yoga breathing and improv. Writing with Yulia has given my writing greater depth and style.

Roger Stewart

Harold Rhenisch was my writing mentor about 15 years ago. He not only helped me hone my poems, he showed me what I did well, and challenged me to explore my propensities for play and experimentation. I realized that's the best gift a mentor can give an emerging writer.

Daniela Elza