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April Writing Workshop Tonight! and other related thoughts.

pexels-photo-273222.jpegHappy Friday the 13th everybody. Today is the day we gather with friends and family to go camping at locations where literally hundreds of people have been murdered in the past to laugh, party, and get inevitably butchered ignoring the desperate warnings of your teenage honor student niece.

Tonight is the night of our monthly workshop series, and my fellow board members have asked me to lead one about writing. What a huge, ephemeral topic. I quite frankly wasn’t sure where I was going to go with it. Do you focus on strengthening one concept, like character or conflict? Do you assume participants have written before or are starting from scratch?

Eventually we decided to go with a devised theatre-style approach, which you will see firsthand once you arrive at the Mesa Arts Center Drama Studio at 7:30 PM with $8 or whatever you can.

The real question is, why am I writing a blog post abut this now, mere hours from the event ‘s beginning? “Shouldn’t you have written this days ago to help advertise the event, like you said you would?” my fellow board members will say.

Well, I wanted to use this as a point of reflection: At this moment, I am unsure of how the participants will react to the workshop. I am unsure of who will attend. I am unsure if my lesson plan makes any sense or has any artistic merit.

But I am very excited. I think it has the potential to be fun, informative and creatively stimulating. I spent a lot of time staring at a blank page thinking of how I wanted to express my ideas, and I am really glad I went in the direction I did.

Laughing Pig is all about transparency and accessibility. We don’t pretend to be anything beyond who we are. We are experienced, but we don’t pretend to be experts. We just want to give people a chance to express themselves and have a good time.

Tomorrow I will write a new post reflecting how the workshop went, how I would change it and if any of the feelings I’m writing about now are still valid. Laughing Pig isn’t just the finished product, its every step along the way.

And to that, I think my fellow board members would say, “Oh, so you just decided not to advertise like you promised? Cool.”

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