Just home from this year’s NAWE Conference in Durham, a whirlwind of exciting ideas and interesting people passionate about writing, education and imagination. Returning on the train last night I agreed with Liz Hyder (@LondonBessie) that it could not have taken only three days. More like a week.
This year Liz and I took our new workshop Pen To Mic, up to Durham for the Conference. The point of Pen To Mic is that workshoppers write a new poem, edit it, prepare it for performance, learn microphone skills, and then perform their work to the rest of the group, so they all become each other’s audience. All in 90 minutes. We think 2 hours would work better!
Pen To Mic was scheduled for 9am on Sunday morning (which took a fair bit of coffee to counteract) and we were expecting a diminished band of sleepy workshoppers. Imagine our surprise when 22 people arrived.
What made it work of course, was that we had such a skilled group, who knew what they were doing, and really took part with generosity and gusto. Thank you everyone for your lovely feedback!
Here’s how it went: