Instructor: Bianca Morgan
Maximum Enrollment: 6
Class Term: 05/20/2023 - 06/17/2023
SCN Member: $195
Class synopsisThe story we tell ourselves about our past and our present create our future. What story do you want to tell? Become like the storytellers who weave tales of magic and possibility out of the ashes that sometimes cloud our vision. Write yourself into a wildlife existence of your own creation by challenging the way you see things. Use your imagination and ability to inspire emotion, compel action or change the direction of your future.
Embark on a creative writing journey as you draw from lived experiences to create new ones dawning courage, hope, fierceness and immense pleasure. Reframe your past by rewriting your future. Take a walk on your wild side as we circle the elements of the creative process round and round again until you arrive exactly where your wild imagination has taken you.
During each week participants will carve out original stories based on their own life events. We will engage with memory recall exercises, seeking for people, places and events that we want to strip naked and re-dress in more colourful perspectives and character traits.
Transform each remembrance into a written blueprint for a life well lived and imagined, while getting feedback from your instructor and the other wild minds sharing this healing journey.
In this course you will: How to engage mind, body and soul to gain a deeper understanding of the elements of creative writing (fiction and non-fiction) and the creative process of story telling. Play with different voices and perspectives to see their effects on audience and author. Learn to edit your work through imaginative rewriting and provide constructive feed back to others, further guiding your reflection on your own work.
Class communication methodThe instructor will offer you personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit via email during the week after each class.
5 Week course to sharpen your dream-building skills
WEEK ONE: “THE NAKED TRUTH”
How we gracefully un-shame ourselves through poetic justice. Choose one important experience that you always recount exactly as you remember it, even though you are not proud of this experience. Write an unabashedly candid poem about this experience Say things you feel should have been said and then respond to them. You can write from another perspective, perhaps even from the perspective of someone else involved, or a younger or older version of yourself.
WEEK TWO: THE DRESS RE-HER-SOUL
Try on a few outfits by rewriting a story over and over again with another ending. Choose a special event from the past that significantly affected you emotionally. Highlight the critical choices that were made during the event and then transform them by making new choices. Write this fictional account by altering negative aspects into something pleasurable. You can rewrite this ending until your soul is satisfied with the adventure.
WEEK THREE: A WALK IN THE WOODS
Embark on a journey toward your wild self. Dare to face the first encounter. Choose one life experience where you encounter your fearful self, the one who doesn’t take risks or worries about outcomes. Write your snapshot. Then, transform this piece into a fictional account, adding a few positive traits and morphing this character into a mix of sensuality, courageousness, and wildness.
WEEK FOUR: A JOYFUL NOISE.
Experience your own ecstasy at discovering who has been hidden. Choose a particular conflict you had with someone, and write your snapshot. Then, transform this piece into a fictional account by choosing an image of a positive aspect of yourself (newly discovered or imagined) and write your snapshot of how you would react in this conflict.
WEEK FIVE: BEING YOUR WILD SELF UNAPOLOGETICALLY
Greetings and invitations. Embrace all that is you. Choose a situation in the near future that you need to make a decision for. Write your thoughts on the possible scenarios that could unfold. Choose one possibility and write the script of how your wild self will show up in that situation.
Class time commitmentWe will meet by Zoom weekly. The delivery of instructional materials, receiving students' written work, and general course communication will be via email. 90-minute zoom sessions per week. 60-90 additional minutes each week for writing, reviewing other students' writing, and reading and studying writings provided by the instructor.
Bianca Morgan has been exploring Women’s realities, real or imagined, for over 20 years. She has dedicated her studies and work to understanding the people, places and cultural dictums that shape women’s lives and influence the direction of their journeys.
Ms Morgan is a creative writer (poetry, music, essays) teacher and visual artist. She owns and operates an international training & development company that she created on a whim while living in her summer house with her daughter in the South of France. Her influence in her personal and professional development coaching stretches across continents to Canada, Columbia, France and now Sweden, where she lives with her husband and their children. She finally lives in her wild life in a cozy place nestled among the trees in a Swedish nature reserve.