Writing Workshop with Nick Jaina
Writing Workshop with Nick Jaina at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins
Nick Jaina's writing workshop is a three hour session devoted to going deeper with our writing, so that we can become better observers, better critical thinkers, and ultimately more balanced people. We can use writing to save our own lives and the lives of others. This is important work.
In small groups, Nick shares ideas on how to find inspiration, and works with the students on how to develop a kernel of an idea into a larger piece of writing. He gives prompts to generate personal stories, and helps the students find what is special and worth building on. This process will be focused on what is most important to the student, what they love in the world, and what they are frustrated with.
Nick holds this reverent space in his workshops. Students are encouraged to go deeper, find vulnerable areas, and be as honest as they can. The focus is on moving forward with writing, getting rid of the stories we tell ourselves about how we have nothing to say, or how the things we feel are not important. Nick gives time for listening and for reflection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Okay, what exactly will we do in the workshop?
A. You will spend about a third of the time writing, based off prompts and exercises given by Nick. Another third of the time will be spent sharing that writing (if you want to, no pressure). Another third will be Nick presenting writing concepts and inviting group discussion.
Q. Do I have to share?
A. You absolutely do not have to share. The environment is very safe and supportive should you choose to share. It is not a competition or a proving ground. It can be helpful to hear students' work and critique the pieces together to understand different writing processes.
Q. Are there snacks?
A. Often there are snacks!
Q. What should I bring?
A. Just pen and paper or laptop for writing.
Q. What if I need to know more about Nick's bona fides?
A. Totally understandable. Check out his podcast Nick Jaina Time, wherever you listen to podcasts. He reads from his book over a musical score that he created. It gives a good sense of his aesthetic and voice.