Check out the Zine from our 2011 February Writing Workshop!
February 2011 Participants
- Air Natale(http://mixedcolorslur.blogspot.com/)
- Ana Cosma(http://www.thehungryfeminist.com)
- Alexa Schwartz(http://legallydeaf.wordpress.com/)
- Angie Hermes(http://angelynnh.wordpress.com/)
- Ariel Sophia(https://collectivedreamers.wordpress.com/)
- Chavonne Taylor (https://thebluntone.wordpress.com/)
- Desi Fontenot(http://tracesofmovement.wordpress.com/)
- Elise Babybird Lappin(http://www.bbdoesthepc.blogspot.com/)
- Emily Hella(http://emilyhella.tumblr.com/)
- Emily Klamer(http://www.weavingacocoon.com/)
- Emily Opperman(http://thickfreakness.tumblr.com/)
- Guadalupe Rocio Chavez(http://empezoavolar.wordpress.com/)
- Iris Fung(http://shegoesintotheocean.tumblr.com/)
- Jade Fields(http://ladeejade.wordpress.com)
- Jenna Montero(http://rainbowhumanity.wordpress.com/)
- Joey Johnson(http://joeywords.wordpress.com/)
- Julia Wave Melen(http://wavemicah.wordpress.com/)
- Katt Jones(http://fatesofmoira.wordpress.com/)
- Kellee Matsushita(http://bravenewseed.tumblr.com/)
- Kelley O’Mara(http://www.thecustomreality.blogspot.com/)
- Kristan Culbert(http://writingontrains.wordpress.com/)
- Laila E.(http://laillapalooza.wordpress.com/)
- Laney Rupp (http://birdspeak.wordpress.com/)
- Lisa Dring(http://lisasanaye.wordpress.com/)
- Lorena Madrigal(http://meanderingsofamind.wordpress.com/)
- Mariana Rodríguez Iglesias(http://enelaquiyahora.wordpress.com/)
- Michelle Segura(http://mielylimon.tumblr.com/)
- Natalie Erdelt(http://fluffloaf.wordpress.com/)
- Narinda Heng(http://www.narindaism.com/)
- Nicole Ghanbarzadeh(http://nicoledragona.wordpress.com/)
- Sylvia Strawberry Raskin(http://gardeninginspace.wordpress.com/)
- Traci Akemi Kato(http://traciakemi.wordpress.com/)
- Tani (http://taniappleseed.wordpress.com/)
- Vassana Miyamoto(http://vassanamiyamoto.tumblr.com/)
Prompt Week 4 – Everything under the Rainbow
This week encompasses a variety of prompts because we are a variety of voices. For this last week, lets discover the endless possibilities of telling our stories, showing our perspectives, and exploring our creativity. Here are several directions to go in:
- I come from a place where….
- I love the sound of….
- I love the taste of….
- Respond to this image
- Pick a color and write describing yourself as it in the first person
- Make a list of inanimate objects that hold importance in your life or bring up firm memories. Imagine each object has a voice, a history, desires, and fears. Write from the objects’ point of view.
- Where does your time go?
- What is your ideal community?
Prompt Week 3 – The Moon’s Influence – Dreams, Cycles, Senses
The full moon of this month is this Friday, February 18th. The moon has long been associated with the subconscious, intuition, imagination, and madness. It could be a source of bewilderment, increase sensitivities, or simply be our source of light in darkness. Our connection to the dream world is heightened around the full moon. This week keep an account of your dreams, explore your senses(taste,touch, smell), find something hidden in the world of shadows with your writing.
Some dream prompts…
- What worlds do you dream about?
- Recall a character from a dream. Sit quietly for a few minutes – go back into the dream space until you have a strong impression of the character. Write about them, as them, or to them.
- Recall an object from a dream, what does it feel like, taste like, smell like? What importance does it have to you?
Prompt Week 2 – “Language is a Place of Struggle”
Communication is an everyday exertion. Creating a bridge of meaning from one mind to the next is a pervasive effort with barriers to overcome. This week lets explore the simplicity and intricacy of one-to-one communication.
Write a series of letters. They could be addressed to someone you love, an ancestor, a place, a fictional character, someone you wish you knew better or have trouble talking to, a tree, an animal…an audience of one.
Prompt Week 1 – Freedom & Nurturing
February 1st is National Freedom Day in the United States – an overlooked, warped, and of course historically problematic holiday, but as we start writing in a month marked by the complexity of progress and emancipation, lets explore our ideas of freedom. This week write about boundaries to freedom, as well as pathways to freedom as you experience them or witness them through nurture, neglect, action, and reflection….
1. What hungers do you have and how do you feed them?
2. What animals are inside of you, do they come out to play?
3. When do you feel free?
WCC Writers’ Workshop
The goal of WCC’s writers’ workshops is to write everyday for a month. The last session ran from February 1-28, 2011. You could write as little or as much as you want in any format – poetry, journal entry, short story, article – but the point is to write every day. We also have weekly prompts available to get you started, but responding to them is not required. So if you want to get back into your writing groove and join up with a community of bad ass female and trans writers from across the globe, post a link to your blog in the comments and we’ll let you know when the next session is starting up. If you don’t have a blog, you can start one at wordpress.com. We also love art postings of any medium from painting to video. This work can be uploaded into your posts.