Every year, in The Hague, a Feel at Home in The Hague fair is held in the stadthuis. It’s a fun event, with food stalls, lots of clubs, a busy programme of performances and a bunch of workshops. I signed up for one called Writing For Love and Money, led by Lisa Friedman of Amsterdam Writers Workshops.
I expect you wonder why I bothered to attend a workshop I could have easily run myself. Well, let me tell you…
The room was packed to overflowing and I did feel a little guilty to have taken a place from someone who maybe needed it more. But, that didn’t last.
It was such fun to watch one of my peers lead a class and see how her teaching and mine overlap and contrast. I found many similarities unsurprisingly and thoroughly enjoyed picking up a few gems along the way.
When I attend a workshop I like to go ‘quote-spotting’. By this I mean that I write down, verbatim, the best, most useful and wisest things that the teacher or speaker says. And you know, I learned a LOT!
Ten Gems from a Writing Workshop
Here, in a nutshell, are the ten, yes, TEN things I heard that I thought were worth sharing with you now. Ready?
I recommend that you all grab opportunities to attend workshops whenever you can. Thank you Lisa Friedman.
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Jo Parfitt has published 31 books, helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 to begin writing. She's an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher.
Jo has run Summertime Publishing since 1997. She has lived abroad for almost 30 years – in France, Dubai, Oman, Norway, the Netherlands, Brunei and Malaysia. She specialises in inspiring others who write about expatriate issues.
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