(this is a now page – a movement started by Derek Sivers)
Updated Feb 15, 2023 from Cape Town, South Africa
This is my big creative goal and focus right now, and I absolutely love it. I am creating new poetry forms based on Cape Jazz music rhythms; world-building; character development and figuring out all the details of this multi-world, multi-book narrative. My inner geek/inner child is so utterly happy when I am lost in writing and working on the book. For a taste, you can read two poems from the book in Poetry Magazine & listen to my interview with Esther Belin on the Poetry Magazine Podcast.
I run three poetry courses, two online and one in-person.
____ in bloom is a 4-week nature-based course that takes place in spring each year. The focus is on rest & grounding through poems and time with the earth. A way to release the old year and prepare for the new one.
The Writer's Oasis takes place twice a year (usually February & June). Develop a daily writing practice through slow, gentle consistency. This is an online course: 30 mins per day for 30 days. It is for anyone writing in any genre.
Writing Ourselves Home is a 9-month online poetry course. It runs from March to November. Through reading and writing poetry, we make a slow and intentional journey back to the home of our hearts. This course has the dual focus of writing as heart expression and learning poetic craft, technique and structure.
I am also still open to doing once-off workshops for universities, schools, or other groups, so do get in touch if you would like to work with me in this way.
Formerly called "the artist's call", where I worked with artists from all disciplines. I now offer 1-2-1 creative mentorship to writers. I have slots for two people each year, and I work with writers for a minimum of 6 months. The format is 1 x 90-minute creative session & 1 x 60-minute mentorship session each month. I still have one slot open for 2023.
In May 2022, I chose to take an indefinite break from performing, live readings & talks of -both in person and online. My body asked for rest, so I listened. Until further notice, I am not doing any performances, readings, panel discussions or talks of any kind.
I am slowing down, simplifying and living with more ease. This means: I am doing less, to create more space and time for the people I love, the things I enjoy, and more rest. Being present: less time on my phone and more time actually being in the room. Saying Yes! to what I love, desire and dream of.