You know what one little workshop can do for your writing and peace-of-mind. Shift gears and fall in love with the creative process all over again. It rejuvenates and heals like little else in this world. Asheville Wordfest presents not one but a full day of workshops. The only challenge will be in choosing which one you wish to attend. WORKSHOPS take place at Lenoir-Rhyne Asheville, home of Thomas Wolfe Center for Narrative M.A. in Writing Program, directed by Laura Hope-Gill, Asheville Wordfest founder and director. Laura produced Wordfest in 2008 and now sees it as vital counterpart to the graduate writing program she directs, which she invites you all to explore as a next-step in your writing life. Enrollment counselors will be in the breakroom happy to answer questions.
WORKSHOP FOR YOUTH WRITERS CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
Facilitator: Francine Hendrickson
1-3 Room 313
Because Wordfest believes in the poetry’s power to keep us envisioning a better world, Wordfest extends an invitation to our young writers to spend a day working with famed and respected poet Francine Hendrickson learning the ropes, rhymes, and riffs of getting voices heard.
CREATIVE SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP: LR314 Conversations in Culture, Community, and Transformation
FACILITATOR: CARA HAGAN
10-noon Room 311
This workshop will offer a discussion on the philosophy of Creative Social Stewardship – a method of community engagement that invites us to confront issues of discrimination and other forms of injustice through conscious care and creative connection in our communities. Through a series of writing explorations aimed at helping participants to identify their strengths and passions relating to issues and inititatives unique to their communities, participants will contemplate the role of the written word in civic discourse and civic activity – and begin to write the story of their own civic journey!
The Science Fiction workshop has been cancelled due to the March for Science.
FRAGMENTARY COMPLETIONS: COLLAGES AS A PATH TO POEMS:
Facilitator: John K Lawson
10-noon Room 316
Workshop with John K Lawson, artist and poet. When Hurricane Katrina devastated John Lawson’s home and studio with six feet of water, the artist/poet found himself sifting through the debris of a life in art–years of sketches soaked and broken. From the debris, he created new work, turning to the milieu for the fractured and in-pieces: collage. As we learn in the path of return from all tragedy, gathering leads to creativity, and now John will lead participants in the process. Room 316
BUILDING YOUR CAREER AS A SPOKEN WORD ARTIST
FACILITATOR: DAVID JOE MILLER
12-2 pm ROOM 311
Storyteller, David Joe Miller, has been involved with the Spoken Word Arts since 1989 when he was the staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association is Jonesborough, TN. After being on staff for seven years, he set out on a free-lance storytelling and writing consulting career that took him to schools, libraries, festivals, corporate boardrooms, The World Bank, The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress and even to a family event for former Vice President, Al Gore. David Joe has presented narrative workshops for The Nature Conservancy and several Fortune 100 Corporations as well as narrative writing workshops in hundreds of elementary schools all across America. In this workshop, David Joe will share with you the steps he took in building a successful, free-lance career as a storyteller and narrative consultant. You’ll learn marketing and branding techniques that he continues to use today. He will share with you the tools that he used to develop his career, first as a part-time storyteller then as a full-time professional storyteller and consultant.
FACILITATOR: QURAYSH ALI LANSANA
12-2 ROOM 313
Quraysh Ali Lansana has been a literary teaching artist and curriculum developer for over a decade and has led workshops in prisons, public schools, and universities in over 30 states.
He is a former faculty member of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, and served as Director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University from 2002-2011, where he was also Associate Professor of English/Creative Writing. Currently, Lansana is on faculty in the Creative Writing Program of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and the Red Earth MFA Creative Writing Program at Oklahoma City University. Workshop description forthcoming.
HOW TO WRITE AND TELL A WINNING FIVE-MINUTE SLAM STORY
FACILITATOR: RAY CHRISTIAN
2-4 p.m. ROOM 311
Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show begins with a “theme” and the storytellers explore that theme, often in unexpected ways. Moth Story Slams are world wide events with over 500 Live Story Slams being presented annually. The Asheville Moth started in October of 2015 and is held every 3rd Thursday at The Mothlight on Haywood Road in West Asheville. Raymond Christian has won that Story Slam 8 times.
In this workshop, Raymond will guide you through his process of developing, writing and telling a “winning” five minute story for story slams. Raymond is a professor of history at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. and is a U.S. Army veteran and former paratrooper. His stories are rich, powerful and sometimes raw. He has toured with The Moth MainStage, appeared on stages in New York City and Toronto, he’s been heard on NPR, The Risk Stage and many other contemporary storytelling venues. He’s a favorite here in Asheville and this past October, he won the National Story Slam at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN.
A WORKSHOP IN STORY MEDICINE
FACILITATOR: META COMMERSE
2-4 p.m. ROOM 313
Story medicine is an ancient indigenous modality used since time immemorial by our ancestors in countless iterations and traditions. Meta Commerse, MFA, Wellness Practitioner (certified by the National Wellness Institute) will introduce this modality to participants, discuss what it is, explore her journey into the practice, trace the practice and how, she has since 1994 applied it to community needs to address the effects of trauma and oppression. Meta will share samples of story medicine with participants and help them discover and feel its power for themselves. Meta Commerse founded Story Medicine Asheville in 2011, working with ten long-term groups and certifying six facilitators in this modality. She is the author of “The Mending Time,” her first novel.
MUSICAL MORPHINE: Bearing Witness and Metabolizing Witness Through Writing
FACILITATOR: ROBIN GAISER
2-4 p.m. ROOM 310
Robin Gaiser presents stories from her experiences working as a music practioner, detailed in her book Musical Morphine. A student of the Narrative Healthcare Program at Lenoir-Rhyne as well as Great Smokies Writing Program of UNCA, Robin Gaiser offers tales and insights into how creativity can help health practitioners heal from all they see and experience. With guitar in hand and stories to share and hear, Robin will help all who heal others heal themselves.
FLOURISH! WRITING FOR RESILIENCE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
FACILITATOR: JOHN EVANS
1-3 pm ROOM 313
John Evans of Duke Integrative Medicine presents this vital workshop. Flourish: Writing for Resilience in Challenging Times helps you create your vision of vibrant wellness, set intentions, clarify values, change perspective, remove obstacles to build confidence and resilience, express joy and optimism, and stimulate thinking that leads to insights and understanding. Flourish is evidence-based and includes seven types of writing to heal: mindful writing, HEALing writing, as well as expressive, transactional, poetic, affirmative, and legacy writing, (Expressive Writing: Words that Heal, Pennebaker and Evans 2014).
COMMUNITY, CREATIVITY, AND TRANSFORMATION
FACILITATOR: PATTI DIGH
Ours is the time to cease closing the door on the conversations necessary for true community and true healing. Patti Digh presents entry-points into the very talk we all need to be having regarding race, gender, faith, and healing. A lot to take on a single workshop, but we have been working toward this all weekend, enjoying one another’s company in the presence of creativity and community. Let’s move forward now, out into the world with new energy, new tools, new ideas for our work. Patti Digh is a beloved figure in the Asheville and global writing, living, and thriving world. In addition to her writing, Patti is a co-founder of an international consulting firm focused on re-imagining K-12 education. Patti is also a sought after Keynote speaker. Audiences come away from her speeches both laughing and crying, and with a clearer sense of what’s important in their own lives.