"After 10 weeks the Doorways Creative Writing Program has produced a wonderful collection of stories from local community members. Join us to celebrate the launch of the booklet" http://newfarmneighbourhood.org/
About twelve weeks ago, I found myself at a loss, thinking about creativity and how to progress with my works and ideas. I looked at the time I had available between teaching and freelancing, and decided what could be better than taking the time to learn to write creatively. Writing seemed like a natural progression in creativity, because much of what I want to do, relies on having ideas and stories to go with the themes of the illustrations. And often times, it works the other way around - the illustrations develop the story or character.
So, I researched and found (what luck?) a creative writing program had just started in my area, with a great bunch of seasoned, as well as not so seasoned writers, along with a great facilitator go guide me (and edit). I was a little thrown, because 'creative' writing comes in many forms, mostly flowing, abstract and emotive. Not my style at all... so I found out. Children's writing - like all forms of writing - deserves a dedicated course on the 'how to's" (how to engage a young audience, how to write clearly and concisely without over embellishing...) etc. I did find over the months, I was able to bring a few pieces that I felt were more adult, and abstract. But kudos goes out to the beautiful writing of the creative writers in the group - through them I learnt the value of listening to others.
Anyway, 10 weeks later, I found myself doing the design work for the book and marketing material - my way of repaying the center for a great course. I was given a drawing by another creative writer in the group to use, so that was what I worked towards. This worked out well because of the vibrant use of colour and line on the person's painting (Moments front cover above)..
We attended a launch for the book in the beautifully fitted Albert & Constance, and with a little wine, I felt comfortable enough to be able to read some of my pieces out to a small audience, which comprised of friends, families, NFCC members (and chairman) and the odd politician and publisher.
This was a very different experience for me - one I will look back on, and feel satisfied to have learnt what I did... as Rodin said, "nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely", and at the end of it, I have made a few good friends, had short stories published, which I will develop on, and seriously think about spending more time thinking about where to take my writing from there....
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Tanya is a traditional and digital artist, living in Brisbane and inspired by all that is 'Art'.