The Scarborough Seniors Write (SSW) program is now fully underway! We’ve had several tremendous workshops so far, thanks to our incredible instructor David Bester and Scarborough’s amazing seniors. The Kennedy/Eglinton Library has been an fantastic partner, allowing us to use their space as the centre for the program activities.
Their meeting room has had a full house for the past few weeks, with writers sharing stories based on prompts provided by David during the classes. For one of the exercises, the participants were given the same challenge that Ernest Hemingway was rumoured to have been given by his peers: write a story in six words. Exercises like these have gotten the creative juices flowing! The talent we’ve seen so far promises very exciting finished work by the end of the program.
Starting in January, we’ll be moving to the digital component of the program. The instructor, Sarah Sheard, will focus on ways to read and record the writers’ new works. Exercises will include writing prompts, group exercises, and mixing different forms of media to create effective pieces. Participants will experiment with microphones and recording equipment for the duration of the term, adding to the multimedia portfolio that will be created at the end of the program in 2014.