Our workshop for children at Urban Solace had little wordsmiths enthralling us with their creations. They required some nudging initially, but when sparked with writing prompts and the company of each other, they came up with not only some engrossing stories but also beautiful illustrations.
Through activities and writing exercises, they learnt more about story ideation, plot, narration and dialogues. We saw creativity at its best as they let their thoughts and imagination soar unrestrained. By the end of the session, their eyes sparkled at the thought of all the magic they could create with words. And as facilitators, that is precisely what we set out to achieve – kindle in them the love for writing.
It’s wonderful to see a dream take shape. Nutcracker, which until recently was only a little blue squirrel scurrying in and out of our mindscapes and conversations, has finally taken a concrete form!
The venue for our first workshop was Atta Galatta, which provides just the right ambiance to nurture creativity. To say that Andaleeb and I were exhilarated is an understatement. There is something about ‘firsts’. The excitement, enthusiasm, the ‘atta’ and some ‘galatta’ interspersed with quiet moments of reflection made it an insightful and memorable event. Participants delved deeper into various elements of creative writing through writing exercises and activities. Some of the flash fiction stories written using props and prompts were brilliant! We look forward to seeing our participants as published writers.
With this workshop, we also brought together like minded people to form a Nutcracker community of writers. Time to nudge each other, revisit writing goals and get cracking!