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Everything is Writing

2024

Everything is Writing is a series of unserious writing and creativity workshops for adults.

You can register to drop in at the next workshop here

Everything is writing. Outlining is writing. Brainstorming is writing. Reading is research, and research is writing!

Everything is Writing is a series of unserious writing and creativity workshops for adults. At every workshop, participants will play around with different art activities and writing prompts. It’s an opportunity for writers and people interested in writing to be creative and explore new approaches to writing in a low-stakes space.

Often, writing workshops promise editorial help that leads to the creation of a specific outcome: an anthology work or your own independent published work. Those are great. Everything is Writing is about creation for the sake of creating. Learn skills, make art, and if you want, you can take your created works and develop them further. If you don’t, it is still worthwhile to make new things just for the joy of making new things.

For the pilot season, the theme is character creation. Making a character playlist? Collaging a moodboard? Mapping out a family tree? All of these things help you better your characters, which means it’s all writing.

Across the six workshops, participants will explore different aspects of character creation, ranging from personal identity to ongoing legacy. You can read more about the upcoming workshops below.

A fortnightly agenda for Everything is Writing from April - June 2024.  It includes dates, time, the workshop theme and the art activity:<br />
APRIL 17 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme; Identity and Secrets<br />
Art Activity: Music Playlists"<br />
MAY 1, 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme: Making a Home<br />
Art Activity:  Breakfast with Numbers"<br />
MAY 15, 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme: Family/Friends/Found Family<br />
Art Activity: Red String Conspiracy Board"<br />
MAY 29, 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme: Public Image<br />
Art Activity: What’s in my bag?"<br />
JUNE 12, 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme: Community<br />
Art Activity: Make Your Own Mad Libs"<br />
JUNE 26, 5:30 - 7:30	"Theme; Purpose & Legacy<br />
Art Activity: Collage Time Capsule"<br />

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WHEN FORTNIGHTLY AGENDA
APRIL 17 5:30 – 7:30 Theme; Identity and Secrets 
Art Activity: Music Playlists
MAY 1, 5:30 – 7:30 Theme: Making a Home Art
Activity: Breakfast with Numbers
MAY 15, 5:30 – 7:30 Theme: Family/Friends/Found Family
Art Activity: Red String Conspiracy Board
MAY 29, 5:30 – 7:30 Theme: Public Image
Art Activity: What’s in my bag?
JUNE 12, 5:30 – 7:30

Theme: Community
Art Activity: Make Your Own Mad Libs

JUNE 26, 5:30 – 7:30 Theme; Purpose & Legacy
Art Activity: Collage Time Capsule

April 17th Workshop: Identity and Secrets and Music Playlists. What music does your character put on when they have the aux cord? What do they listen to in the privacy of their bedroom?

May 1st Workshop: Making a Home and Breakfast with Numbers. Inspired by Margaret Atwood’s advice on grounding world- building: breakfast can take you quite far. This workshop asks participants to explore how their characters get breakfast on the table by looking into… budgets. (Yes, really). No personal budgeting expertise needed.

May 15th Workshop: Family/Friends/Found Family and Red String Conspiracy Boards. You can map out a family tree for your character, but isn’t it more fun to make a conspiracy board instead? Map out their friend’s group chat drama, how their family is organising holiday planning, or who at work snitched to the boss about potentially unionizing.

May 29th Workshop: Public Image and What’s in my bag? How does your character present themselves to the world? At work? In public? On screen? Explore your character’s relationship to their public image and ‘authenticity’ by making a fictional ‘what’s in my bag?’ video.

June 12th Workshop: Community and Make your own Mad Libs. What communities does your character belong to? How are those communities normally portrayed in mainstream media? No matter what communities you belong to, there are certain stereotypes that tend to emerge through lazy writing. Cut and paste common tropes/adjectives/story lines into your own mad lib story

June 26th Workshop: Purpose & Legacy and Collage Time Capsule. What does your character want to leave behind for their descendants? Make a time capsule and write a letter to the future. 

If these workshops sound interesting, join us every other Wednesday from April 17th at Fairfield City Headquarters (FCHQ) at the Vic Winton Community Room from 5:30 – 7:30. Drop in when you can, or attend every session. Keep the same character or make a new one every session. Bring your own writing implements (pens, notebooks, laptop, etc) but otherwise, no external supplies or experience required. These workshops are free, but places are limited. Please register your attendance here.

CREDITS

Program Producer: Miranda Aguilar