How to Form a Workshop
A workshop, in its simplest form, is a gathering of people, usually with one facilitator, to direct the course of action.
The action can take many forms. Workshops can be one-way teaching with people taking notes or an interactive workshop, with participants more involved in the give-and-take of the class, in which all participants are heard from.
Some workshops plant the seeds, and the poets go off to write their poems after the workshop. Other workshops are more interactive, and the poetic product is created there in the workshop. Some examples of potential workshops may include, but are not limited to:
- Ekphrastic: writing about works of art, music, photography.
- Spoken Word workshops
- Specific forms: haiku, sonnets, limericks, rondelets
- Outdoor writing workshops in nature
- Workshops using writing prompts for a collective effort
- Workshops on editing – infuse language collaboratively
- Workshops for young people or for seniors
The possibilities and combinations of possibilities are endless.
Workshops are connections – places where writers may meet and form friendships with other writes, which may then springboard into working critique groups or poetry sharing with new friends.
The primary ingredients required are an instructor or facilitator and a group of people willing to accept and work with the workshop theme or discipline. Workshops can be on-going and evolving, or they can be presented at a specific time with a specific subject.