Taking an Axe to the ‘Frozen Sea’

untitledA workshop on risk in writing with Pip Adam

Dates: 27 November, 13 & 14 December, 2014
Faculty: Pip Adam
Location: Webb House, 39 Webb Street, Wellington City
Cost: $100 nzd

Class Description:

When you write ‘you’ve got to sell your heart’ said F. Scott Fitzgerald. Kafka describes the book as ‘an axe for the frozen sea within us’. This workshop aims to crack open our writing – to find ways of approaching new topics, characters, contexts, and forms.

We will begin with an inventory of our work to help interrogate and uncover our writing patterns. We’ll bring these ‘ticks’ to the first session and conduct exercises, writing towards and then away from these habitual practices. Then we will break for two weeks and return to workshop prose that has been written and distributed through the break.

We aim to create a safe and supportive space to experiment with what we write about and how we write it. Even if we return to the ways we’ve always done things, after this workshop, it won’t be out of habit, but armed with new insights and tools to interrogate and challenge our automatic impulses. You’ll leave the workshop with a new completed (and workshopped!) piece, as well as new connections and community, new ways of seeing, and new ways of being in the world as a writer.

Thursday, 27 November: 6-9 pm
Friday, 5 December: submit work to be workshopped
Saturday, 13 December: 10 am-1 pm; workshop
Sunday, 14 December: 10 am-2 pm; workshop

Limited to 12 participants. Learn more: contact kirsten@kahini.org.
Cost: $100 nzd

Pip Adam received an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from Victoria
University in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. Her work has appeared in Sport, Glottis, Turbine,
Landfall, Lumière Reader, Hue & Cry, Metro and Blackmail Press. She received an Arts
Foundation of New Zealand New Generation Award in 2012. Her first collection of short stories, “Everything We Hoped For” (Victoria University Press) won the NZ Post Best First Book Award in 2011. In 2013, Victoria University Press published Pip’s first novel I’m Working on a Building. Pip convenes an undergraduate short story workshop at the IIML at Victoria University, works with creative writing students from Whitireia Community Polytechnic, and teaches writing at Massey University. Over the last month she has been teaching a creative writing class at Arohata Prison in Wellington. Check out Better Off Read: A Podcast About Reading and Writing at: http://betterreadnz.wordpress.com.