Creative Writing Workshop in English

Do you have a story that you would like to tell?

The folks of Unidiverscity will be putting on a workshop that gives participants a chance to find, develop and share their stories with others through the elements of place, character and question. It is open to anyone interested in practicing their English in a creative way.

By the end of the workshop, you will:

•        Understand the basic elements of storytelling
•        Learn ways to create and share your own stories
•        Complete writing exercises to develop in the future
•        Practice English in a fun, imaginative way

You are expected to respect other participants in the workshop and come prepared to write, share and create.

WHEN: 19 & 21 June 2012 (Tuesday & Thursday) 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
WHERE: Athénée Municipale, Place de Saint-Christoly 33000 Bordeaux (Room 42)
COST:  Free for Unidiverscity members (become a member for 15€ per year).
              €10 for 2 days for non-members.

Workshop Overview

Day 1
1.      Intro
2.      Part 1: Where Do Stories Come From?
           Goal: Find your stories
3.      Part 2: What Is a Story?
           Goal: Develop your storytelling tools

5-min BREAK

4.      Part 3: What Makes a Story “Real”?
           Goal: Make your stories as strong as possible
5.      Wrap-up

Day 2
1.      Reintroductions & Refresher
2.      Part 4: How Do We Use Storytelling Tools in Poetry?
           Goal: Learn to tell stories through poetry

5-min BREAK

3.      Part 5: Bringing It All Together—Telling Our Stories
            Goal: Review and use what we’ve learned
4.      Sharing Our Stories with Others
5.      Wrap-up

About Unidiverscity
Unidiverscity is a Bordeaux-based nonprofit devoted to promoting intercultural awareness and social inclusion through dialogue and exchange. We provide innovative ways for people to share in and understand different cultures. Our motto is: “In sharing our stories, we enlarge ourselves and others.” We are unique in offering creative writing workshops in English to Bordeaux residents at affordable costs. We are 100% volunteer-run.

About the Instructor
Vanessa Merina holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Creative Writing. She is an American writer with over 9 years of experience in nonprofit & business communities, including writing, editing and marketing. She is co-founder of Unidiverscity, an intercultural exchange nonprofit in Bordeaux. In January, she moved from the US to France.
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