It's said that we all have a story inside of ourselves but many of us believe we don't have anything relevant or particularly interesting to say to the world. However, learning life writing doesn't always have to be about getting published. The truth is, learning to write about our lives with curiosity and openness can lead to surprising discoveries about ourselves, things we didn't even know we know. Creativity is our birthright and the skills you need to write creatively are the same skills you need to live your life creatively.
Listen on Cape Talk to Dawn Garisch chatting to Sara-Jayne King (author of memoir Killing Karoline) about how life writing can be a portal into creativity, self-awareness and so much more.
What don't you know about your own story? Click here to see up-coming courses run by the LRC.
As the LRC spreads its wings, we need to grow our organisation so we're thrilled to have two newly qualified Life Righting course facilitators both of whom are on our Executive team as well:
Linda is a poet, writer, projects and events manager in the arts. She is a Salzburg Global Seminars Fellow and a CNN-featured project manager with over eight years of experience in project and event management in the arts sector. In 2013, she performed in Amsterdam at the Afro Vibes Festival alongside Dutch poet Babs Gons, in a poetic production entitled Becoming Another, Becoming You.
She was a panellist and facilitator at the Open Book Festival in 2014, 2017 and 2018 and at the Franschhoek Literary Festival in 2015 and 2016. She’s also shared her work locally and in Austria, Ghana, and Kenya. Her work has been published on Unbranded Truth Online Magazine, which she founded and edited, on Badilisha Poetry X-change, and on the Life Righting Collective website, as well as in New Contrast. She is a contributing author to the Life Righting Collective's This is how it is anthology, with her hilarious piece “Mrs".
Giles was born in 1962 in Kent, aka the Garden of England, UK. Giles is a gay white male who likes food, wine and books. He was brought up mostly in the Midlands of England, spending time in London and the past 25 years in Cape Town. During this time, he worked as a copywriter for a variety of advertising agencies and for Triangle Project, whose focus is LGBTI health. He is moved by “nature, mothers, unspoken emotion, unjust oppression, a finely turned bicep and creativity - in particular gastronomic and literary innovation."
"Gone viral", whose opening passage appears in the LRC's first anthology, This is how it is, is a personal and public eulogy - both for those who have gone before and those who have survived the HIV pandemic.
Dawn Garisch has been incubating two fantastic new courses to launch in 2019 (with a third one to hatch soon). If you've been wanting to take your writing to a fresh and dynamic new place then these 2 intriguing new approaches will help to invigorate your writing in the new year :
We all have unfinished business. We lie awake at night, not knowing how to proceed in a difficulty, our thoughts looping. We have done everything we can to try to resolve a seemingly insoluble problem. Writing can be helpful, bringing new information to the surface, changing anxiety into curiosity, and providing relief and well-being. We will start by identifying core conflicts in your life. These can feel too intransigent or overwhelming to write as memoir, or you might just want to explore them using a different tool. Giving the dilemma to fictional characters can provide the distance you need to expand and intensify the dramatic tensions, and to let the story unfold.
Imagination can switch off the rational, list-making, treadmill mind, allowing what we don’t know we don’t know about the situation to emerge.
You are welcome to stay with writing memoir as a means to explore and deepen your inquiry into the themes that bind your life. Beginner writers are welcome.
This is a 3-day course running over a weekend Fri- Sun from 9am - 3pm.
What are you writing about underneath what you are writing about? What story are you living through memoir or fiction? What is the best way to tell it?
This course is for writers who already have a folder of work. Over six consecutive Sunday evenings, you will discover more about the relationship between form, content and the underlying theme, and how to tell the story more effectively.
This course takes place over 6 consecutive Sunday evenings from 4pm - 7pm.
As this is intensive small group work, numbers will be limited. Please commit to at least 5 of the 6 sessions, as this is a process that requires continuity.
Check out the dates of our upcoming courses and book your courses here.
I am a writer who is also a doctor, interested in what helps us heal. I have used writing as a tool and resource to help me find out more about what I am thinking and feeling, to explore the difficulties and dilemmas in life, to live more curiously, compassionately and creatively, to communicate more effectively and to be more observant, reporting back on observations about the human condition and how we impact on each other and the earth. These are some of the benefits of regular creative practice, which I have found ways to pass on through the courses I run under the umbrella of the Life Righting Collective. My aim in the courses is to put you in touch with your own creative fire and to show you how to get into the 'download' part of the mind. The next course in Cape Town is from 2nd to 4th May. Go here to find out how to book.