Come and take a fantasy trip with me to the garden of your dreams. This writing workshop is especially useful for anyone starting to write but also for those who want to explore new ideas away from their usual writing patterns or comfort zones, it is also something you can try with your friends and family.
It is inspired by my own desire to have a garden, I have a small deck and oodles of wild space around me so definitely not complaining but I dream of having a garden of my own. This feels especially important right now during Covid19.
WHAT TO DO:
Answer the questions below but do not feel that you have to answer them all. Also add any of your own questions. Gather the responses. Edit and add to them. Then pick your favourites and play with the results.
You can make haiku or leave them as they are to percolate. They may form a longer poem or even a story or a script. Maybe it has reminded you of a place you want to go to again. The workshop may stay as an experience in itself.
* Remember you can have ANYTHING in your garden, you can mix up different time zones and places that could never be together in real life, you can introduce absolutely anything you want to, invent a new plant….
HAVE FUN AND SEE WHAT COMES OUT
THE WORKSHOP QUESTIONS:
1.Where is your garden?
2.What are you doing in your garden today?
3.What is growing in your garden?
4.What can you smell in your garden?
5.How are you feeling in your garden?
6. What is the weather like today in your garden?
7.Do you have a favourite plant or tree?
8.Is anyone else with you in your garden?
9.What is the favourite part of your garden and why?
10.What can you see from your garden?
11.What happens in your garden?
12.What can you eat and/or taste from your garden?
13.Describe something you like touching in your garden?
14.What disturbs the peace in your garden?
15.What else is in your garden that is not growing?
16.What are you doing in your garden?
17.What would your garden say if it could say anything?
18.What happens in your garden?
19.Which animals and birds if any are in your garden today?
20.What is your favourite season or time in the garden and why?
21.Take an imaginary photograph of a place within your garden and describe it to me?
22.What would you change in your garden and why?
23.What can you hear in your garden?
24.Pick three particular details from your garden?
25.Look at all your answers and pick your overall favourite word
DO SHARE YOUR IDEAS AND RESULTS WHETHER IN A HAIKU FORM OR NOT HERE
There are more writing workshops to enjoy here on THE GREAT MARGIN Conversation blog post
WRITING WARM-UPS: https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-28-writing-warm-ups-getting-in-the-mood/
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH YOUR FEELINGS: https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-20-getting-in-touch-with-your-feelings-writing-workshop/
WRITING HAIGA: https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/conversation-11-writing-haiku-haiga-where-image-and-haiku-meet/
ARE YOU A TREE OR A LEAF: https://thegreatmargin.org/conversations/are-you-a-tree-or-a-leaf-haiku-workshop/
Also there are round-ups of weekly themes and prompts to explore