with Karen Wyld
Before we send our words into the world as fully-fledged stories, we weave them into existence.
Throughout history, story has been a part of everyday life. Stories are legacies given to us by family and communities, and they are how we express our individuality. Around kitchen tables, by campfires, or with written word, we retell the best and worst of humanity.
Within a yarning circle, where you will be taught how to weave an actual basket, we return to the basics of story. Where do we collect our threads (ideas)? How do we shape these threads until they resemble a short story or book? Are we brave enough to unpick problems?
Through a mix of presentation, group discussion and writing exercises, you will be guided to re-focus on what drives you to write and to recognise the unique way you build your stories.
This workshop is suitable for all writers, poets and storytellers, with the skills level aimed at new to emerging writers.
Please bring: a written or oral family/cultural story, and a piece of your writing you need to ‘untangle’ (up to 2 pages). Weaving materials will be provided, but you can bring beads, feathers, or mementos, etc., for decoration.
Karen Wyld is an author, freelance writer, weaver and qualified trainer. She writes trade reviews for Books + Publishing, and has op-eds published in NITV, Meanjin, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and Indigenous X. She was shortlisted for the 2017 Richell Prize and 2015 SA Readers & Writers People’s Choice Award. Karen participated in Hardcopy 2018, after being awarded the inaugural ACT Writers & First Nations Australia Writers Network Indigenous Writers Scholarship.
Full Price $180 / Writers SA Members Price $120
Venue: City Library Studio Rooftop Garden, Level 3, Rundle Place, Rundle Mall (Enter via Francis St)