Monday 15 July 2013

Writing Through Improv

I started writing before I started doing improv. In fact improv was just a fun thing I started doing that might help my writing. It was and it did, but it also took over somewhat. Improv fueled that side of me that loves the latest, shiny, new idea which can make it hard for the old ideas to keep shining. Old ideas often in the form of something I'm half-way through writing. And it also took up much of my time and energy.

But over the years, I have still written quite a lot, and finished a good chunk of it; and even earned a few shekels from a tidy little pile in the corner there. It's something I'll hopefully be doing long after I've got the strength to haul myself up on the stage and make things up there and then.

Reading at an Open Stanza in Amsterdam
Where am I going with this? Well, after several years of intention, I'm finally getting round to teaching writing. The first foray will be a joint weekend workshop with fellow improviser and writer, Ryan Millar, exploring using improv to develop and generate writing. I'm very excited about this as it's been a long time brewing. Or at least the idea of brewing it has been there a long time. But the teabag is now definitely in the pot.

The workshop will take place on the 27th-28th of July and is co-organised with easylaughs. Details on the easylaughs special workshops page.