Write the Night is a creative workshop about 60 minutes in length, open for all levels of writers. Candles paired with dimmed lighting transforms the environment to a shadowy and creative atmosphere where writers are beckoned to let go of their routine and focus on their craft. Led by experienced writers, these workshops are open to all and provide a unique creative and productive experience.
A group leader commences the workshop with an overview of the event. Participants are then given a writing challenge consisting of an aim and a set of directives. Free-writing transpires for 15-30 minutes (depending on difficulty level) followed by participants briefly sharing their experience of the challenge/aim/directives. Participants are then offered (and encouraged) to share their work in the group. After this, the workshop concludes.
What do you write in these workshops?
My collaborators and I strongly feel that obstructions and limits elicit creativity. This is what we describe as a "writing challenge," to write a story with elements you wouldn't normally. Limits force us to explore alternative routes of execution which is why we follow these writing challenges.
Why go to one of these?
We believe that limits spur creativity. If we put you in a standard room and tell you that the door is locked and that you have to find a way out you will naturally start thinking creatively. Suddenly, normal aspects of the room become suspected hiding spots. Loose floorboards are suddenly treasure troves. The blades of the ceiling fan could be hiding the key above them. Even the outlets become suspect. The same is true with writing creatively. We give you the room, details, character traits, settings, all the trappings of narrative and voice, and then we tell you there is a story there and it's your task to discover it in a way that only you can. Forcing yourself to go through this process in the workshop will exercise your creative writing muscles, acclimate you to circumnavigating creative blocks, and allow you to hear from others about what this experience is like for them.
How do I attend?
Visit the calendar widget on the top of the page or visit www.WritetheNight.org for a comprehensive guide.
How do I host one of these?
In early 2017 we aim to expand these writing workshops all across NYC. You can be part of this movement by bringing Write the Night to your community/campus. Visit http://www.writethenight.org/bring-a-workshop-to-you.html to submit your location.