· Broken up in bite size pieces
· What outcomes would you expect if running this in community? I often will promote aim so this is clearly identified so that when participants come they know up front what the workshop is about. The worst thing is saying one thing and the participants then not getting it.
· Tools to improve
· Don’t list too many definite outcomes as each participant will be different and what they will take away will be different.
· Ask at the beginning what they are wanting from the workshop…
· Tell the group upfront what we are going to do today – check in at the end
· Intro self and ask the participants where they are at – gives a sense of the group and how you would reframe your workshop plan.
· For today I heard most interested in short story so changed the balance of the day more into this focus
· Not just angled at one specific thing so can follow different directions
· Use examples – also open to use own projects for exercises, that way participants can advance own work within workshop
· Participants want something to come away with, something they can use, tools to build on
· Active learning – instead of teaching, do it – have fun, done in a way that encourages
· Never under-estimate the group, treat all as equal, they all have something to contribute
· Name tags process – so can call people by their name which creates stronger connection.
· Don’t always go in circle to call for input, weave through group so no one feels they are always last
· If participants say they have not completed / engaging - Rather than just pass over so they feel they have been unsuccessful– encourage torespond with what did you think about – don’t have to have it written down – people always have something to contribute. Support and positive feedback to encourage them to keep them engaged
· Domination- have to interrupt eg: “that’s great Sarah. Would you like to share your thoughts Jane”. Or shorten them through “Pick out key point you want to say”
· Direct some questions to encourage those who have less confidence to participate.
· Talk - then exercise - then talk – break up the process – want to write and hear others not just the leader. Variety is very important, energising with different tasks.
· Can overload with too much information
· Always come with way too much stuff, very structured work plan, always have bunch of stuff ready so you can be ready to respond to any situation.
· Today was going to do free verse poem this afternoon but decided to do character task as this seemed to be where the interest was.
· As presenter you want to make it interesting for you as well as the group– always re-prepare workshop even if have done process before. There is so much material available, there’s a wealth of things to draw on. Can rejig in response to workshop group. Use things you are dealing with so it current
· Little surprises – add onto task so have to rethink earlier exercise – deepens the process
· Challenge people to use their creativity
· All information is useful for the whole group, others learn from each others creativity.
· Some research about giving good information, providing tools, showing people how to use the tools
· Follow up post workshop – link into other activities happening in the region, develop small writers group - share work over coffee, publish on Placestories, blogs etc, Competitions, send to papers, journals, newsletters etc
· These options give people a forum to share