Perspectives: Seeing New, Writing New
Are you too caught up with your daily routines? Do you regard the world with a jaded eye? Have you wondered where your creativity has disappeared to? Are you bored with your writing style?
Fret no more! Perspectives can help! This workshop will use physical-based techniques that will challenge you to perceive the world differently as well as give new impetus to your writing. Whether you are a new or seasoned writer, you will definitely benefit from gaining fresh Perspectives on life. Be prepared to move and be moved!
Please bring pen/pencil and paper or laptop for the writing exercises.
Please make available a quiet, fair-sized room that allows participants to move about freely and provide sufficient chairs/writing surfaces for all the participants.
Feedback from 18 May 2012 Workshop (BooksActually)
“Seeing things around me from a different angle to trigger ideas. Great course for overcoming the writer’s block.”
“The insights to seeing things in new perspective. What to do when you face a writer’s block. It is good. I enjoyed the class.”
Feedback from 13 May 2012 Workshop (WordStorm Literary Festival, Darwin, Australia)
“The technique for stopping, looking and sensing differently was great for those times where creativity is non-existent. I enjoyed the workshop very much. Thanks, Verena!”
“Interactive. Making me see with my eyes closed. Think it's perfect!”
“I liked the combination of movement with close/intense ‘looking’ & the creative offshoots that came from that. Thanks!”
“New ways of seeing familiar domestic & outdoor environments. Very enjoyable. Relaxed atmosphere.”
Feedback from 15 Nov 2011 Workshop (BooksActually)
“Limiting and randomizing stimuli narrows down or shifts writing focus to specific points; which you can then use to write about anything that comes to mind. Refreshing and enjoyable. Thanks Verena!”
“The walking around and looking around the environment. It was useful.”
Priya de Langen
“Sharing our stories with other writers. Thanks for organizing the workshop. I think someone needs to galvanize the writing community of Singapore — maybe these workshops would be a good starting point.”
“The exploring, which encouraged me to use the sense I usually take for granted.”
“Hearing other’s stories. Yes, it was really fascinating.”
Feedback from 6 Sep 2011 Workshop (BooksActually)
“The freeing of ideas.”
“Getting to see things in different perspective—jogged creativity.”
“I liked the idea of framing a random and limited view and taking an aspect of that, (on taking that aspect) as a stepping off point. I also liked the process of taking adjectives you have attached to objects and using them to build character. If it was longer!”
“We get to sit down and really start writing! Peer pressure is good.”
Seow Joo Chuan
“The use of the environment as stimuli was extremely inspiring. It taught me that imagination can be found anywhere.”
“Reminder to use all 5 senses — separately! It was good fun as it was!”
“Seeing things in a different angle. Creating characters out of things. Great one!”
“To let go & look from another direction at times when you are stuck.”
“The time to write a range of writing exercises — especially the last exercise as I have never done this type of exercise before. This was such a treat! To take time out from a busy schedule just to be creative and write… in such a calm & welcoming space as well made for a wonderfully fulfilling evening.”
About the Facilitator
Verena Tay has spent more than 25 years acting, directing and writing for Singaporean English-language theatre. She has published three collections of plays and an anthology of short stories as well as edited two short story collections. In addition, Verena is an active storyteller-cum-storytelling coach and a co-founder of MoonShadow Stories. Possessing an MA in Voice Studies (Central School of Speech and Drama, 2005) and an MA in English Literature (National University of Singapore, 1993), she has been helping people to improve their communication skills since 2001 and currently teaches voice, speech and presentation skills at various local institutions.