8-11pm: Story Sharing - Bring stories, poems and jokes to share, listen to readings and take part in storytelling games
1-2pm: Poetry Building – Anyone can write a poem! Explore free writing, rhyme games and a few weird and wonderful ways to make poetry out of blank pages, old newspapers, your own and other people’s words
3-4pm: Letter Diving – If you could say anything to your younger self, what would it be? Join us in conversation with the past! Letterwriting explorative and reflective workshop, with the voice of the person you were in yesteryears, and what they can remind you about the joys in life
5-6pm: Mythologies – Bring a random object and turn it into the focus of a myth, legend or world-building idea. Discussion on the uses, meanings and messages of myth
10-11pm: The Horror Show – Listen to and share creepy and scary stories. Adults and older kids only
1-2pm: Songwriting 101 – Guest workshop leaders/performers/musicians will be visiting the Write Riot camp to impart their knowledge on the infinitely possible and changeable art of songwriting. No previous or current musical ability necessary
3-4pm: The Theatre is a Festival/The Festival is a Theatre – What exists where language ends? How can the written word be made to say more than its meaning? Explore character, staging, dialogue and the rhythm and aesthetics of words
5-6pm: Hidden Stories – Find the explorer in yourself on this site specific writing workshop: we will explore and observe the festival in a fresh and original way: be awake, listen, watch, and bring your experiences into writing exercises we do together, combining individual work with writing in pairs, using prose, poetry and script. What is the festival that you see?
10-11pm: Poetry and Sex – Delve into some innuendo, try your hands at a love ballad and tickle the muse of erotica until he/she inspires you to produce some deliciously poetic smut. Strictly adults only!
1-2pm: Poetry Building
3-4pm: Letter Diving
5-6pm: Songwriting 101
8-11pm: Open Book – As “open mic” is to music, “Open Book” is to stories, poetry, scripts, improv and songs. The Write Riot team and friends will be reading our favourite creations from the weekend and everyone is welcome to join in. Bring drinks, snacks and willingness to share your work.
“A writer as such is a special kind of androgynous creature, all sexes and all ages when creating fictional characters, all the people he or she has known, observed or interacted with. So while I’m a woman, as a writer I’m a composite intelligence.”
Harriet didn’t even hear. She ran into her room and flung herself on the bed. She lay quietly for a minute looking reverently at her notebook and then opened it. She had had an unreasonable fear that it would be empty, but there was her handwriting, reassuring if not beautiful. She grabbed up the pen and felt the mercy of her thoughts coming quickly, zooming through her head out of the pen onto the paper
- Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy (1964)
The Write Riot creative writing action camp at Secret Garden Party 2010 will provide a welcoming, fun, inspiring creative space for festival-goers of all ages to explore their ability to play with words. We’ll supply the paper, pens, scissors and glue, second-hand books and poetry magnets, music, posters, comfy armchairs, discussion groups and workshops. You’ll bring the imagination and ambition to build something fabulous out of letters and ideas.
Between now and July 22nd, we will be posting daily(ish) quotes, inspiring images and various stuff to get the creative juices flowing (no, not those creative juices. Behave yourself.)
See you in the Garden!