Workshop

Writing Workshop: The Gathering Place

Public places invite and provoke us. An empty seat on a patio allows us to people watch, eavesdrop, or retreat into our own thoughts. Conversations can bring friends, lovers and strangers together in new and unexpected ways. And everything can be affected by the ever-changing atmosphere and mood around us.

The Gathering Place is a writing workshop connected with Abbas Akhavan’s site-specific installation at The Power Plant. First, we will consider Akhavan’s re-imagining of the gallery’s Clerestory through a guided tour and discussion. Creative writing exercises inspired by Akhavan’s work will follow. Some pieces will be written independently; others in collaboration or groups. All the exercises will be completed in a safe, non-critical environment suitable for writers of all levels. Writing materials will be provided.

David Bester is a writer, editor and long-time student of the creative process. He has worked with hundreds of Toronto writers in workshops including Writers’ Boot Camp, The Novel and 10 Self-Portraits.

Visit startwriting.ca for more information about David and The Gathering Place.