Workshops for Adults
I have devised a series of creative writing workshops inspired by the story DNA has to tell us about many aspects of what it means to be human. I am happy to design bespoke workshops around the theme that can be applied in diverse contexts to make writing about a complex subject creatively stimulating. If you’d like to book me for such a workshop, please drop me a line to discuss your needs.
The first 3 of such workshops, outlined below, were run in association with Apples & Snakes in its Power Plant Masterclass series.
1. The Spit of Me – Constructed Identities: This workshop uses tropes from popular culture such as The Matrix, Terminator, Gattaca and transhumanism, to consider what your genetic heritage didn’t give you. What aspects of your physiognomy, personality traits or emotions would you edit out of your genetic make-up? What would you edit in? What if Google existed in your brain? What if, like bats, you could use echolocation to navigate? Dramatically improve your ability to see in the dark like a cat or modify your body for artistic and practical purposes as easily as downloading an app?
2. The Spit of Me – Home Is Where My 5th Cousin Lives: Home. Where is it? How do you define it? Is it to be found in our DNA as well as a geographic location? A geographic location can be identified by culture, religion, food etc. and knowing where or what we call home carries the implication that we know who we are. But do we really know who we are or where we feel at ‘home’? Can our genetic heritage tell us anything significant about this? This workshop considers all the factors that contribute to the notion of home – the personal, the cultural, the migratory AND the science – to inform identity.
3. The Spit of Me – Who’s Daddy: this workshop explores the biological reasons behind why families look both so similar and so different, encouraging quirky writing around the subject of DNA and identity. When you look at yourself in the mirror and see the likeness of your parents’ features, how does that make you feel? Is the nose that you inherited from your father too broad? Have you inherited your mother’s temper? Or your grandfather’s complexion?