Writing workshop ( EnVol Association)

This is a time when, in a group, each person will write a short or shorter text based on instructions given by a facilitator. You are free to write what you want, as long as you do not make malicious, aggressive or discriminatory comments.

It’s a moment of relaxation, to let go and also discover the pleasure of using words and playing with them. We don’t worry at first about spelling or grammar mistakes. The trainers are there to help you correct yourself.

There is no judgment on the content of what you have written. Your writing belongs to you. It’s important to talk to others because it usually does us a lot of good, but no one has the right to ask you questions about what you have written.

A writing workshop fits very well into a refresher on key skills:

– We read extracts from texts.

– We manipulate the French language.

– We reflect and if necessary we correct ourselves.

– We exchange with others on the texts we have written.

– We use office tools to type text and format it

The remote writing workshop is quite special. You cannot ask questions directly to the facilitator if you have not understood the instructions correctly, but you can send them a message asking for clarification. Again we have to use other key skills.

You can’t read the text out loud either, but you can do it at home with your loved ones or later in the training center.

– We use digital tools to receive and send emails; create a file; attach a file to a message….

The facilitator will give you specific instructions for writing your text. Try to respect as much as possible the time allowed or the maximum length. Even if your text does not seem completely finished to you it surely has qualities. Trust yourself, and go on an adventure!

1st writing proposal: inventory

This is your 1st day of writing. Choose the place you prefer at home to carry out this activity. There are some who like to work in the living room, because noise and movement comfort them (I think that’s a bit like me). There are some who prefer to isolate themselves in the bedroom, the office, to be calm and focused.

I advise you to start with only a paper and a pencil (then you can retype your text on the computer) but if you prefer to write directly with the keyboard, free to you. Writing is freedom.

Inventory is a word that surely makes you think of something you know. Today we are going to leave aside the inventories in the stores, the inventories of our closets … Although why not these too? So let’s start with that, an inventory of material things.

1 / You will therefore have to carry out one or more inventories, but these will be words. In fact it is a list of words. So I suggest you explore your house (right now you have time, right?)

– The cupboards

– In the bedroom

– The shed, or the garage

– The bathroom

– The handbag

-… ..

– The car

– The garden

– The balcony

– The fridge

– Cabinet or sideboard

-… ..

 You choose one or two items from this list that you want to inventory. You can also choose a familiar place that I haven’t mentioned. I suggest you write a list of what you find in this chosen place. Here is a template that can help you get started:

In my closet there are expired cookies

There are also canned tomatoes

In my closet there is… ..

There is also……….

You use this pattern, repeating every other time

In the / in my… there is… ..

There is also………..

In the / in my …. there is

There is also….

Etc

You will therefore make one or two lists (no more) on this model. You will have to impose a maximum duration of 30 minutes for this exercise. Then take the time to put it on fit before starting the second exercise. I hope you are happy with yourself! You are the author of your text (s).

So you deserve a little break. We’re going to stretch our legs, we have a coffee, a cookie in the cupboard, well we smoke a cigarette even if the doctor does not recommend it, we will chat with someone respecting the safety distances, we can even start to put away the cupboard because we realized that it really needed it…

And we go back to it: next exercise.

2 / Perhaps you have already seen the film called “the list of my desires”. This film was taken from a book of the same title. “The List of My Desires” is a novel by Grégoire Delacourt published in 2012 by Jean-Claude Lattès.

This is the story of a woman who earns the euro million. Rather than spending this money immediately, she begins to write “the list of her desires”.

For later, here is an extract from the film: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x22hi2x

Here is also an extract from this famous list, in the book: “… list of my desires: going on vacation alone with Jo ( not at the campsite with a smile, Tuscan?)… dare to tell Romain that I found his Christmas girlfriend last ugly, vulgar and ugly. (Send him money) … tell everyone that it’s me who won … being envied … “In this excerpt I have underlined words which are verbs in the infinitive. Then you too will start to write the list of your desires, using verbs in the infinitive (unconjugated). “The list of my desires: …………” I let you write the rest. I stop chatting. You must not write more than 2300 characters, spaces included. Please note that you do not count letters by hand

Now you have to send your two texts to your trainer as she has told you. She will send me your work and I will certainly give you feedback.

You will note for each text

Exercise 1: inventory…

Exercise 2: the list of my desires….

Assessment to send us

– Overall impression on this workshop

– I liked it a lot  I liked it very much n I didn’t like it 

I found it difficult  I found it surprising 

– Other comment: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………… ..

– Estimated working time

– Correct estimate

– It took me longer (specify how much) ……….

– It took me less time (specify how much) ……………

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