Morning hike up Tunnel Mountain
Workshop 3, Led By Sheri-D Wilson - STEPPING INTO YOUR POETRY WILD
Faculty Studios, Individual Meetings - Buddy Wakefield, Tanya Evanson
Evening camp fire
A group of us decided to start the day with a morning hike up Tunnel Mountain, the mountain behind the Banff Centre. It was an ideal morning for this, although very icy at the top.
We were given writing prompts and then had a limited period of time to write. We were then each asked to share our writing with the group, speaking it out loud. After hearing the piece once, Sheri-D gave us each an individual instruction to change the way in which we delivered the piece. Suggestions included
say it as though you were explaining something to a group of 5 year old children
saying it whilst rolling around on the floor
break it into syllables
spin and lengthen the words whilst spinning
run and speak the poem
read it as a goddess
say it as you would paint/sculpt it
say it from a different angle - you / I / we / he / they / she
Individual Meeting - Buddy Wakefield
Buddy made a couple of book and music recommendations for me to research
We spoke about giving the audience a way out after a hard-hitting bit of text. Is it enough to share an experience with an audience? To make someone feel less isolated? Or do they deserve to get a message of hope and something to ease the reader?
Individual Meeting - Tanya Evanson
Tanya and I spoke about the purpose of writing and spoken word and what I want to achieve through writing
Different possibilities include
exposing things that people don't know how to describe
We spoke about the techniques used by sound poets and concrete poets.
That evening the group made a camp fire and we had a little ceremony where the pieces of paper from Sheri-D's workshop were burned.