Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Finding A Way In Workshops

For all of you living in and around NH, here's a great free event for you to attend:


A Playful Investigation into Serious Writing
When: October 7th, 6pm
Where: Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, New Hampshire
Cost: Free!
RSVP: (603) 673-1734 (ask for Tammy!)

Whether you’re an aspiring writer or a practiced one, one of the persistent challenges of beginning any new piece is locating its entry point. Often, finding that opening is counterintuitive, requiring a less rigorous intellectual searching than a looser, more playful exploration. New writing, in fact, often asks us to look at our subject matter from a “first generation” point of view, with an innocence and curiosity rooted in the physical, tangible, sensorial world.

San Francisco writer and poet Maya Stein will be here as part of her traveling poetry project, “Tour de Word” to facilitate a no-cost writing workshop that approaches the writing process through an intuitive, unselfconscious, and most of all un-rigorous series of activities.

“Finding a Way In: A Playful Investigation Into Serious Writing,” is open to writers of all genres, and non-writers as well. Activities will include short- and longer-form exercises that will touch on themes of structure, rhythm, language, metaphor, and finding inspiration. Participants will have ample opportunities to share the work they create.

The workshop is approximately two-and-a-half hours in length and is intended for 10-12 participants, but can also accommodate smaller or larger groups. To help set the stage for interaction and sharing, Maya is asking participants to bring the following items (in addition to paper and pen):

• a stack of Post-it notes
• an item of clothing they never – or always - wear (to bring, not to wear)
• a fruit, vegetable, or other food they identify with or feel in complete opposition to
• an item from their purse, wallet or bureau
• a title of a poem, short story, or novel they like

Maya has been sending out original 10-line poems to an email subscriber list every Tuesday since June of 2005. “10-line Tuesday” now reaches more than 600 people across country and around the world. As part of her “Tour de Word” workshops, Maya will be inviting participants to submit 10-line poems of their own for a forthcoming anthology. The deadline for submission is November 30, 2010.

For those of you not in the area, Tour de Word's itinerary is available at the website.
 Tour de Word,

To read more of Maya’s work, visit

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