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Creativity Writing Workshop: Notice/Attention, Accurate Recording And Playfulness With Marjorie Kanter


Marjorie Kanter

This workshop is interactive and process oriented. It has as its goal, the opening of doors to and enhancing your creative energies. Multiple short activities and exercises bring about exploration and understanding of self, context, relationship...etc. You will participate in the presentation and working through of multiple short activities and exercises to facilitate this opening of doors to your creative mind. We will look at things from diverse points of view. You will dig into your sub-conscious, work to catch floating (and often previously unnoticed) thoughts, expand your thinking and use language to express that thinking. We will turn things upside down and inside out, pay attention to oneself and what is around one's self, hear and see different points of view, capture and record accurately and then engage in playfulness to transform collected data into creative writing pieces.  The workshop will include the cycling and weaving through of activities focused on the following:
1. Notice and attention.
2. Data gathering and accurate recording.
3. Playfulness.



Marjorie Kanter, hybrid author of short literary and poem-like pieces, creative writing workshop facilitator, public art word installer..., holds degrees from Ohio University and the University of Cincinnati. Her work integrates poetry, short story, word projects and life writing. She has lived in Spain for the past 30 + years and spends extended periods of time in Morocco. Author of Field Notes (2019), Small talk (2015), I displace the air as I walk (2004), The Saddle Stitch Notebooks (2006-2009), The Bagged Stories (on-going project begun 2007) and Im/politeness: One Hundred Im/polite Days (2009-2010) amongst other texts; she has participated in Public Word Art Installations and Interactive Projects at La Caixa, Lleida (In-Comunicación); Historias para la Espera for La Noche en Blanco, Madrid and Nexus a project for Madrid Abierto. She is a researcher of Paul Bowles and in particular, of his mixing of codes. She has presented her writing and offered training and interventions in events with the Complutense University in Madrid, the University of Alicante, the Contemporary Writer’s Forum of the University of Siegen, the University of New Orleans Master's Program in Creative Writing, La Caixa, Lleida, the University of Minnesota, the Tangier Transforming Performance Conference and others. Her conference presentations include mixing creativity and research in various areas of linguistics. Her workshops focus on the process of opening doors to creativity and writing and an exploring of social, psychological and cultural issues for living and for writing. She considers herself a creative ethnographer, mixing her training and professional experience as a Bilingual Speech Therapist and Teacher Trainer (1965-1985) and her interests and studies in the areas of communication, linguistics, language development, psychology, sociology and interculturality with her found creativity. In her writing, she strives to mesh (all) her different selves, experiences and interests. “Writing found me. A need to communicate with self, take distance, get inside my feelings and experiences, all provoked me to keep journals that slowly turned into finished poem-like pieces often in narrative form. I work with fuzzy borders.