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Sunset in Rural France.

Writing From The Future

We did a writing exercise while in Bernay-en-Ponthieu with Nomadways in which used our imaginations to look back on our career. We imagined that we were writing an introduction to our last collection of short stories. You can read mine here. Writing From The Future Materials needed: paper, pens/pencils Time: 1 hour Participants: work individually Read More

Journal page of workshop in France.

Looking out / Looking in

We used this exercise with Nomadways to jump-start our reflective processes and get us in the learning/analyzing/critical thinking mindset. Looking out / Looking in: Materials needed: paper, pens  Time: 1 hour with a large group. Final discussion time can be shorter with a smaller group. Participants: pairs, sitting facing each other with writing/drawing surface between Read More

Marker drawing of two hands throwing a ball with a silly face on it.

Getting to know you

We did an interesting exercise with Nomadways to get to know each other. Our group was about 20 people and we were able to learn each other’s names within the first day partly thanks to this little game. We played after doing a brief introductory round in which we stated our names, where we were from, Read More

Picture taken out of airplane window of clouds from above.

Update from the bucket brigade…

I’ve been back in Canada a little over a week now, settling in to regular life again with a few bumps along the way – the biggest one being that my basement has been taking on water for 8 days now.  Crazy. I’ve got a sump-pump running down there to keep things as dry as Read More

Post Bernay-en-Ponthieu

I’m here, settled back in the apartment with Mom in Paris.  It’s been a whirlwind. The time in Bernay has been full of all kinds of growth and change – much of it will take time to really understand and articulate. We did more in a day than I could ever have imagined and the Read More

Day 8

Today we did a comic workshop in the morning…a page based on a childhood anecdote.  Read More

Postcard image of elderly woman wearing many coats, leading sheep.

The Shepherd

A couple of days ago we were asked to take an image of a traditional character (from existing stories that was brought by another residency participant) without knowing what the original story of that character was. The criteria was to change the gender of the character in some way, and to choose one other thing Read More

Stone walls and brick doorway in Rural French barn

Day 5 commences…

This morning our first job was to re-imagine a fairy tale from the perspective of a different character. We were assigned our tale and broken into groups. We had a chance to discuss things, then we headed off to different corners to write our tales. This is mine: As a young child, she was abandoned Read More

Day 4 in Bernay-en-Ponthieu with Stories We Tell

Each day is packed with activities alternating with delicious food (- did I mention the food?). This morning we did a bit of a longer exercise than many we have done so far. We went out in groups of 3 to explore the village, returning to expressing our own story embedded somehow in the local Read More

March – in Like a Lion

I am here in the North of France, in Bernay-en-Ponthieu, with Nomadways in a two week residency with 20 other people from all around the world exploring storytelling. We began in earnest yesterday morning – the days are packed with different activities, and punctuated with delicious food. I can safely say that I have never, Read More

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