“Had I not created my own world, I most certainly would have died in other people’s.” - Anais Nin
Writing is magic and deserves the reverence and dignity we give to such things. Writing is also a personal discipline, not a competition, and it is much more than a means of gaining fame and recognition.
Nick Jaina's writing workshops are three to four hour sessions that are devoted to going deeper with our writing, so that we can become better observers, better critical thinkers, and ultimately more balanced people. We can use writing to save our own lives and the lives of others. This is important work.
In small groups, Nick shares ideas on how to find inspiration, and works with the students on how to develop a kernel of an idea into a larger piece of writing. He gives prompts to generate personal stories, and helps the students find what is special and worth building on. This process will be focused on what is most important to the student, what they love in the world, and what they are frustrated with.
Nick holds this reverent space in his workshops. Students are encouraged to go deeper, find vulnerable areas, and be as honest as they can. The focus is on moving forward with writing, getting rid of the stories we tell ourselves about how we have nothing to say, or how the things we feel are not important. Nick gives time for listening and for reflection.
As Isaac Newton wrote, "If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient observation than to any other reason."
Writing is for everyone, and the first step is showing up, to signal to the world that you want to be a conductor for good.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Okay, what exactly will we do in the workshop?
A. You will spend about a third of the time writing, based off prompts and exercises given by Nick. Another third of the time will be spent sharing that writing (if you want to, no pressure). Another third will be Nick presenting writing concepts and inviting group discussion.
Q. Do I have to share?
A. You absolutely do not have to share. The environment is very safe and supportive should you choose to share. It is not a competition or a proving ground. It can be helpful to hear students' work and critique the pieces together to understand different writing processes.
Q. Are there snacks?
A. Often there are snacks!
Q. What if I need to know more about Nick's bona fides?
A. Totally understandable. Check out his podcast Nick Jaina Time, wherever you listen to podcasts. He reads from his book over a musical score that he created. It gives a good sense of his aesthetic and voice.
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