The February writing workshop in Nairobi was exciting, enjoyable and liberating. In planning for it, I thought that participating on the first day was only to help me better understand how it would help the girls we work with through One Lamb. This changed when I listened to why the other ladies had decided to come for the workshop - a light switch went on in my head and the thought dawned on me - wow, I also loved writing and I too could grow from this. Great start to the day.
Lisa was clear about how the AWA method works and gave useful examples to help us understand it. Using her own story was relatable since we were all over 40 and mothers. With each exercise, she made us feel safe to share openly, always encouraging and patiently gentle. It was evident that this allowed our confidence to rise and we grew bolder and more candid with each new prompt.
The lists we started off with (what comes to mind when you think about writing, and how would you like to feel about writing) were useful in squarely identifying that the thought of writing both scared us and excited us at the same time. It was reassuring to do this exercise in a group so as to know I was not alone in my roller coaster feelings regarding writing.
Jumping into the writing prompts really got my creative wheels turning - even though I had a block on the second prompt, just starting to write allowed me to still create something - it was great to know that it is possible to overcome the blocks. I found that by the last two prompts I felt like a kid in a playground and was ready to have more fun with the pieces I wrote. That was enjoyable.
At the end of the workshop, I truly felt liberated to write creatively - that it wasn't a waste of time if I wasn't writing something of doctrinal import - it was absolutely ok to explore and express my creative genius. An exceptional day for sure.