"It allowed me to write freely without the mind and the Critic interfering. I feel empowered and realise that I can write. Sharing was good for me. The group experience made me feel less alone.
Dawn is an inspiration. Her ideas are phenomenal, the extracts chosen were both thought provoking and moving. The creative exercises were very helpful in accessing our own particular memories."
Hildegarde le Roux, Cape Town
"The writing of my story helped tremendously. It ordered my thoughts and feelings and gave scope for mourning and missing. While highlighting how lovely it is to have cats around the house! "
Helen Binkes, Cape Town
"What a stimulating and enlivening course!
We wrote our responses to a work of art we were drawn to and one we disliked - I learnt so much about how my current state of being reflects in what I'm attracted to and it was revealing to face my prejudices and biases in what I turn away from.
Everything begins with emotion and brought up the question for me: are we drawn to art that reflects and matches what is already inside us or what is dormant and needs awakening? Perhaps a bit of both.
It was a special impromptu treat to be joined by the Norval's Senior Advising Curator Karel Nel who listened with such interest to our writing pieces and gave such astute feedback on each one."
How We Respond to Art
Nina Geraghty, Cape Town
"A useful and thought-provoking experience of re-learning how to “read” - it brought up certain assumptions and pre-dispositions, which would not necessarily have surfaced in the well-worn process of “reading” words."
How We Respond to Art
John Cartwright, Cape Town
"Dawn is a facilitator who is deeply committed to the process she presents. Her knowledge of memoir writing is impressive and the many extracts she presents are read with grace and consideration.
She invites participants to engage in exploratory exercises that have certainly allowed me access to the undertow of my work, the true source of creativity.
I would highly recommended this process. You will not come out with a book, but you are bound to know yourself better and gain the confidence to write with gusto moving forward."
Samantha Smirin, Cape Town