The workshop on Saturday had some great stuff that came from it. I’ll do a separate post that showcases some of that. For now though here are the prompts for you to respond to:
Witches Workshop for Stirred Poetry 18/10/14
Free Writing Word Hoard: create a word hoard of words and concepts you associate with witches as women to feared, powerful with the ability to heal or harm, knowledgeable. Begin by listing attributes that you think a witch owns: Fearless, curious, power, knowledge, esoteric knowledge, can fly.
What do witches do? Curse, cast, fly, spell, owncats, threaten, stalk, brew, poison.
Have a look at Augusta Webster, Victorian female poet who wrote Medea in Athens here to think about the power of words. She frequently wrote about outsiders/outcasts.
Look at Louise Gluck’s Circe and write a poem about a famous/non famous/imaginary Witch/Scorceress etc
Lipogram- A lipogram is a kind of constrained writing or word game consisting in writing paragraphs or longer works in which a particular letter or group of letters is avoided—usually a common vowel, and frequently “E”, the most common letter in the English language. A variant of a lipogram is a beautiful outlaw, where you forbid yourself from using the letters of someone’s name and create a poem for them. Choose a witches name from those below, then ban yourself from using the letters and see what words you come up with. Use these as basis for a poem.
MEDEA CIRCE SABRINA WILLOW MORGAN LE FAY HECATE
Also, here is a pagan name generator where you choose an element and input your name to create a witchy name. Do this then write a poem for your character.
Write a poem that transforms the domestic to the magical, you can use pets, cleaning products, chores, mundane tasks. List these and then choose a phrase to chant with.
Our upcoming workshops include Breaking the Mould on Saturday 1st November, 10.14am, at Sapphormation and Misunderstanding: Words and Snow on Wednesday 26th November, 7pm, as part of Nous festival, As We Are Away.
Otherwise, we will see you and your poems on Monday 27th October.