Lady Tales: A 4 week workshop and performance by women
September 7- September 28 2012
Something about being in a room filled with women sharing the same goal is both intimidating and inspiring. I look forward to seeing what comes out of it. Deanna is amazing and really it would be quite easy to just make this post look like a yearbook, with hundreds of scribblings of “K.I.T.” and “You’re the best! Don’t ever Change.” However, the class has just begun and I must pace myself. On the train ride home I told myself that I am a terrible writer and that is okay, because I’m learning. Then, I had this thought, what if I don’t put any judgements on it and just claim myself as a writer. Deanna encouraged us to claim our own titles and what ever we don’t measure up to, we will grow into it. So this is me growing into it. Next step: write a 100 word autobiography. Do ellipses count?
The first meeting of this class has helped me generate so many new ideas for stories, and develop a deeper confidence in just putting pen to paper. We all agree that sitting in a chic city work space, hanging with Deanna, and being creative is much more fun on a Friday night than the bar scene. Her energy and positive outlook on creativity help make an environment that has already made so many of us comfortable. I was also in awe of the spontaneous wit and candid sensitivity of everyone in the room. I love a well-crafted tale, and we’ll get there, but I adored hearing the impromptu pieces of so many thoughtful women. This is going to be a fun month and I can’t wait to get to know everyone better! One hundred word autobiographies this Friday. It won’t take long to learn a lot about this group of awesome women.
The space is not what I expected for a downtown conference room. It is light, airy and pretty bad ass. And bad ass is what it should be for this incredible group of women. There are times when you start a new workshop and you feel that you will only get as much as you put in. It’s just a deadline for your work. But this is different. This is a place where the energy of the room brings your most sacred words and stories out of hiding and gives them wings. So, yes, I will have to do some homework. And I will get out at least what I put in. But unlike any other workshop, I feel confident that my story will emerge with a dusting of magic fairy dust and the perfect glaze of bad assery.