Because of COVID, I’ve been cooking at home a lot more and thinking about how other busy people are finally figuring out ways to make the most of their time in the kitchen (especially those of us who used to rely on restaurants and bars). There's many things we could discuss on this topic, so join the #food-and-drink channel in the conference Slack to help create the agenda for our discussion!
What I'm doing: leading a writing workshop based on the Amherst method, which was specifically developed as liberatory practice for silenced and marginalized voices, and is of course, welcoming to all. I once ran workshops for the New York Writers Coalition, which provides a quiet space for New Yorkers to write and share for 1-2 hours a week. Workshops are open to all at public libraries or are held at Rikers, nursing homes, community centers, alternative high schools, parks, etc.
What you'll get: In response to specific writing prompts, me-time to write and if you so desire, share it with us for affirmative feedback. I will provide instructions. We'll likely do two writing rounds.
Who's welcome: you, your kids, your spouse, etc.
What you will need: a notepad, pen/pencil, a willingness to trust your voice, and encourage each other. (Remember, you're under no obligation to share what you write)
Optional: preferred beverage, other treats, etc.
Where do you find inspiration outside of your speciality, especially in areas that resonate at a personal — not professional — level? It might sound self-indulgent to wander beyond what seems most immediately useful, especially amid so much turmoil and suffering today. But to fully recognize each other’s humanity, we must also discover our own. Art, music, poetry and other forms of expression can help us see and feel beyond our personal experiences. As we strive to be better people, let’s share and discuss works that have transformed our understanding or sparked our passion beyond the practical.
What better way to start our last day at SRCCON than with some low-pressure drawing, sketching or painting? We’ll have some planned group activities (workshopped in #bof-drawing), or you can just sketch your heart’s desire while chatting with some like-minded folks. Absolutely no skill or prior experience needed.