This past weekend I launched the first Imagination 101 writing workshop and it exceeded all my expectations, primarily because the students that arrived on Friday night were so incredibly sincere, enthusiastic and talented. They brought such an open-hearted, open-minded energy that it was easy for me to open up in return and, I hope, exceed their expectations as well.
We had a fantastic time talking about both the metaphysics of the writing life and the day-to-day practicalities. There were philosophical discourses, nuts-and-bolts dissections of craft, and, perhaps best of all, a chance to sit as a group and create a story from the ground up. By the time the workshop was over, we were already discussing the next level of class—Imagination 201: four days of intensive writing, building on the groundwork of the 101 weekend. With a little luck, I'll be launching that in May.
However much I prepared for Imagination 101, I really didn't know how it would play out; so thanks, deep thanks, to this extraordinary first class (you can see some, but not all, of them in the photo below) for giving me the gift of their enthusiasm and wisdom and making this event so memorable.
There's another 101 class coming up in Massachusetts in the spring—I'll make an announcement early in the new year—and I've got more planned here in upstate New York and elsewhere. I can't wait to see what amazing future will grow from the seeds that we all just planted.