The Way of Words is based on the belief that we are all inherently creative and as unique individuals with a unique journey through life we each have an inherent value and worth. This belief is integral to all that we do and is underpinned by our ethos; that we are all learning and growing and have something to contribute, and supported by our values; compassion, empathy, kindness, social justice, embracing diversity, respect and responsibility. These are reflected in our actions, decisions and behaviours in our work together and promoted in our work.
Workshops are open to all, unless otherwise specified, the only prerequisite being a willingness to write and a commitment to the group. The workshops and subsequent performance are strongly influenced in terms of methodology by The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paula Freire and draw heavily on Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way and Natalie Goldbergs work in particular Writing Down the Bones. Founder, Anne Enith Cooper states, we work in agreement with the writer Nicki Jackowska when she says, “In writing most deeply from myself, I tap all human sources. The problem is to get there, to touch oneself, track them and channel. The personal and the universal are most intimately interconnected… And in doing so, propels forces through and onto the page. This is always an act of faith – and an act of love whatever the subject.”
Workshops are held in a safe and supportive atmosphere with exercises designed to enable writers to express themselves more freely, to “get there.” Using the simple method – don’t think, just write – in response to a variety of prompts. This requires spontaneity and discipline, flexibility and focus, an openness to intuition and a readiness to put it to work. It has proved a successful and can be a journey of expression and discovery. In addition participants can learn performance skills for voice, body and breathe to give them the confidence to relate to an audience and be the best vehicle for their words.