Identify key writing strengths and continue developing those skills through journaling.
We are living through increasingly turbulent times, in an age awash in digital content that is often edifying and conducive to creativity but equally, it can be disruptive to concentration and to maintaining a calmer and more contemplative mode of living.
This journalling workshop presented by an experienced tutor and journaler Deborah Shepard offers a quiet sanctuary where you can reconnect with your inner life and find out what you are thinking through writing exercises, and discussion and analysis of the form with reference to some of the great journalers.
WHEN: 4 x Saturday 9, 16, 23 and 30 June, 9:30am-2:00pm
WHERE: The University of Auckland
COST: $310.00 incl. GST
A brief history and introduction to the journal form covering the great proponents of the genre including Henry David Thoreau, Katherine Mansfield, Virginia Woolf, Lord Byron, Thomas Merton, Etty Hillesum, John Keats, Samuel Pepys, Sylvia Plath, May Sarton, Joan Didion, Anais Nin and Kate Llewellyn.
The value of keeping a journal to develop writing skills, to record notes and ideas for work in progress in other forms and to hone your powers of description with reference to the work of Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Joan Didion.
Journalling in nature — an exercise in the outdoors with reference to the work of Lord Byron, Roger Deakin and Kate Llewellyn.
A mentoring session with Deborah
Ethics: What to include? Self-revelation and how deep do we go? How to keep yourself and your journal safe. Considering the journals of Anais Nin.
Who should attend?
This two-day workshop will appeal to people wanting to use the journal for self-exploration or to develop formal writing skills for other projects, or to chronicle and preserve your daily observations of the world, from the humble and small, to the splendid and sublime.