CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS ‘IŠ TYLOS’
Sometimes a simple getaway into the wild is not enough to restore one’s creativity and attract motivation. But an escape into the nature with the like-minded could do that. Participation in the creative writing workshop is an authentic experience combining self-reflection, writing, discussions, inspiration, experiments, tranquility and late night readings by the bonfire.
Writer Gabrielė Labanauskaitė started the project back in 2016. This initiative is focused on awakening of internal creative powers through writing, reading, conversation and silence. Participants of these workshops are really interesting and broad-minded people, who seek to realize and develop their passion for the written word. Some of them are aspiring writers already, others try to implement a habit of casual writing. It is a place for everybody.
Usually workshops take place once in a season and their locations vary. Each workshop has a theme giving a course of writing excercises and topics for discussion. There is none of academic theory, the chosen theme itself becomes an axis of focus. In the past chosen themes highly varied: water, dreams, rituals, archive of memories, archetypes, fata morgana, body. The main purpose of these workshops is not to draw any conclusions, but to recharge and leave the grounds in high spirits.
Writer and teacher Gabrielė Labanauskaitė conducts the workshops herself. Depending on the chosen topic, she also invites guest-speakers to share their experiences and knowledge with the participants.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
- a dozen of creative writing excercises;
- a flow of inspiration and creativity;
- cozy and relaxing atmosphere;
- peace in silence;
- some time for self-reflection;
- sharing of creation work;
- a break from everyday life;
- a numerous of individual experiences and relevations.
Photography: Viktorija Samarinaitė
Creative writing workshops ‘IŠ TYLOS’ is designed to help to develop writing skills, find the inner voice, rest and rejuvenate, introspect, have quality time in a group and individually and create.
“I am not a writing therapist and do not pretend to be one. But everyone, who has ever participated in these workshops, says that it surely has some therapeutical power. In these few days spent in Nida, Antalieptė or among the walls of monastery in the Old Trakai, we talk, we write, we share and express everything what bothers us. Whereas creative writing courses are more of academic orientation and focuses on theory, practice. It involves a spark of inspiration as well, but relies more on the particular storytelling elements such as characters, structures and dialogues.
After courses or workshops are over, I keep hearing that the former participants have changed their attitude towards creativity itself, writing and even – a lifestyle. I think this is how the real academy of life works!”
Gabrielė Labanauskaitė, organizer and teacher of creative writing courses and workshops