“But just as great Odysseus thrashed things out, Poseidon god of the earthquake launched a colossal wave, terrible, murderous, arching over him, pounding down on him, hard as a windstorm blasting piles of dry parched chaff, scattering flying husks—so the long planks of his boat were scattered far and wide.” – Homer, The Odyssey
In many stories, throughout history, water plays a significant role. Perhaps it is not too much to say that the story of humanity itself is inextricable from the story of water; it is our most valuable asset, progenitor of life on Earth, foundation of our human biology, hub of all civilization—and, conversely, it can be an insidious antagonist—a tsunami, a mudslide, a flooder of crops or drowner of children. It is no surprise, then, that water runs through our stories much in the same way it runs through our lives.
In this upcoming one-day writing workshop on the 9th of April at Portsmouth Guildhall, participants will immerse themselves in the theme of water, drawing inspiration from and exploring the mechanics of great short fiction through the work of authors such as Gabriel García Márquez and Miranda July. Participants will also explore water in fiction as vehicle of character and setting, use it in exercises based on personal experiences, and let it grow discussions, all aimed at helping writers produce a thousand-word short story. Whether writing short stories, novels, novellas, poetry, or plays for the stage or screen, participants will ask themselves what role water can play in their work and teach how to find inspiration in everyday existence.
The writing workshop will be led by Conor Patrick, an American writer living in England. His stories have appeared in journals in the United States and the United Kingdom; in 2013, his debut collection, Goodbye Crocodile, was published by The London Magazine.
Find out more and details of how to book (only £5) HERE.