Thursday, June 5, 2014

Exploring the Feminine Heroic

I haven’t yet written about Engaging the Feminine Heroicthe workshop I attended recently. This was intentional. I find it somewhat difficult to describe in words, and I’m still processing all that took place.

Dara Marks and Deb Norton are an extraordinary team of teachers. They guided us on a journey not only of writing but of interior exploration, into our darkest places where we hold long-forgotten experiences and emotions. Our personal Underworld. A truly transformational experience. It would have been a frightening place had we not shared the experience. In a safe and sacred space, we supported and encouraged one another and continue to do so.

I wish I could have tapped into the deep well of creativity within my psyche that some of the others reached. I have never been good at timed writing practice because frankly, I’m a slow study. Once I get an idea, I can run with it, but it takes me longer than most people. (I thought of a great one on the drive home.) The stories these women pulled from their personal experience and crafted into fiction were nothing short of astonishing. I felt like an amateur in their midst. I’m still in awe.

But now that I’ve learned some of the tricks of going deeper into characters, I will practice them and hopefully enrich my stories.

I have long had a few ideas about really strong feminine characters, but now feel better equipped to explore them. I’m also excited to have learned some details about Persephone I hadn’t known before. Someday I will incorporate them into the revised version of my Goddess Connection story related to Persephone.

If you don’t get the chance to take the workshop, I encourage you to read Dara Marks’ Inside Story

You can also follow DebNorton on her Part Wild site. Check out the left side for specific writing posts, a virtual mine of writing richness.


DMS said...

This sounds like a fascinating workshop. I love that you were able to dig deep and hear what others found when they explored deep inside themselves. It sounds like a powerful tool for creating characters.

Ideas often come to me while I am driving- but I guess it it better than not having them come at all. :)


Cate Masters said...

It was definitely intense, Jess. A wonderful experience.

Muses can be torturous that way! lol Driving, the shower, anywhere inconvenient. I stash notebooks all over!