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1 year, 8 months ago Comments Off on Write On Wednesdays, Again

Write On Wednesdays, Again

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A few times in my life i have had the good joy of being part of an online writing community. I am at a time, where again, i feel the need to engage in this sort of communication and practice, which i think benefits all who participate. 
 
About ten years ago, I was part of a online book group. It was based on the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and it was amazing. If you don’t have this book on your shelf, i suggest it highly. Not only does it have wise thoughts about writing and creativity, but also for life as well.
The basic idea of that group, and now this group will be that we do weekly writings that are creating from  both visual and written prompts. You would use the prompt as a beginning for your writing. Each writing is a stream of conciousness writing for 10 minutes. After you finish the writing , without editing, you post it in the comments section with a link, a title that states your name, the Week Number and the prompt for the week. ie, http://girlcancreate.com, Lisa – Week #1 – Us
There is basically two sides to this project. One is the writing part, and the second is the reading part. By the middle of the week, everyone should have posted their writings in order for us to have time to read each others writings so that we can comment on it. I think this is one of the most important aspects of this work. We comment on one thing that we really enjoyed about the writing, and then we ask a question about something in the writing. All of this happens on a weekly basis. The written prompt goes up on Wednesday, and you post your writing by Sunday and then you comment on the others work in the comments area by Wednesday and then it begins again.
In the past i have limited the amount of people set up in the group but have decided that it’s best to put it out to the world! This process will take 10 minutes of writing followed by about 15 minutes of reading and then about 15 minutes of commenting. If you miss a few writing prompts, that is fine, but please try to commit to writing as much as you can as it contributes to the quality of the experience!
This process is a great way to free up your mind, and soul and it often makes you want to write more. Which is one of the main reasons that i enjoy this forum.
The blog is public and anyone can read it, so you might keep that in mind, but hopefully that won’t influence your decision to post here!  Because this is a writing group, sometimes some of the writing can be personal, and i ask that we respect each other and the writing.
Here we go! And as always, if you have any questions, please do send them my way!
And feel free to hashtag #WriteOnWednesdays to share far and wide!
1 year, 8 months ago Comments Off on Encyclopedia of Everything

Encyclopedia of Everything

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I love challenges and so when Hundred Dollar Gallery asked if I wanted to do a show with local author and dear friend Gary Barwin, I was very interested.  I was wanting to do something bookish and so, I decided to create collages out of a set of encyclopedias from 1952.  I am allowed to add up to 5 extra pieces of ephemera to each collage but each piece will have paper only from one volume from the set.  It’s been interesting to combine such abstract images together to create a cohesive piece. I have a handful more to finish and I am very excited to share so I hope that you will join us at Encyclopedia of Everything. 

1 year, 8 months ago Comments Off on Monday Meditations

Monday Meditations

Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the

1 year, 8 months ago Comments Off on Bringing Back RED

Bringing Back RED

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In 2002 I started a performance series called RED:A Night of Live Performance at Toronto’s Lula Lounge.  It was a time when i was a dancer and an actor and knew artists from all different worlds.  I often wondered why each world lived in a bit of a silo with brilliant artists not knowing other artists, so i wanted to create an event where they could come together, perform a short piece, and meet others who might be interested in collaborating in the future.

The event ran for 5 years, and it was such an amazing time.  RED hosted over 500 theatre, dance, music, circus, spoken word, comedy and visual artists.  We had stunning solos and brilliant group pieces.  Every 2 months we would watch a stunning spectacle of talent and art.  I always left inspired and hopeful for the world.

When i first moved to Hamilton, I felt like I couldn’t do this sort of event here.  I didn’t know the arts world well enough to know what would work here.  And now, after the past 4 years I have learnt about this community, and have come to the realization that it too needs some sort of place where artists of different disciplines can meet together with themselves and audiences could come together to create stronger bonds in community.

I am starting in a small way.  Except for Kenneth is a stunning little restaurant on Ottawa St that is full of character.  The space holds about 32 audience members with an artistic team of about 8.  The first show was sold out and the response was grand.

It is my hope to feature some of Hamilton’s finest artists together with artists from surrounding communities.  I truly believe that when we meet other creatives then we too are inspired.  Come along on Thursday and let me know if you are too.

1 year, 9 months ago Comments Off on Wise Words

Wise Words

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