participation, engagement, inspiration, co-creation, co-decision are keywords our project. We are not only exploring these concepts through the literature events that each partner is organising with its target audience, but we also work as an international project team with these principles in mind.
Our project meetings are highly collaborative. We share visions, inspire each other, and build together the project, with room for critical feedback, play and reflexion.
During the kick-off meeting in October 2017, Rita from The Hungarian Society of Writers, inspired us with a Creative Writing workshop, that she is also doing with children in Hungary.
In February 2018 we organised a training on participatory processes, by and for each other.
First each partner visualised an own regular literary event, organised by its institution, in order to discover its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. This creative way allowed us to have an open discussion and immediately made clear what we were talking about.
At the end of the training, based on the feedback received by the other partners, everybody started to design a future literature event. We peer-reviewed each other’s design by SPAMMING the partner with suggestions for "sensualisation", "modification", "eliminations", ... of the event.
This is the final result of the SPAMMER-exercise
(SPAMMER-method: S=sensualise, P=permit, A=adjust, M=modify, E=eliminate, R=reverse)
make it more attractive, link to social media, facebook, pinterest, their own life
how to use literature to explain other topics
include gaming, giving fragments and finding clues on questions
bring in an observer (organising literature. At the end gives an impression, advises, doubts)
more connection between students and children, learn
allow media in the day
focus on the fact they don’t like it. How to motivate them? Reading circle is not modification. Do not suggest rigid working forms. Let them choose their own ways to include literary content. Then they come with the most creative ways.
Reverse the starting point:
festival on a topic that is interesting for youth (fixed day, link to international literature)
Authors in Aarhus Hospital project
reverse it into a human interest television programme
problem that doctor reads stories, so important to speak about it. Take into account the sensitivity of the context.
activity about illness reminds you about illness. Go for another topic.
now too close in the hospital context, only sick people, be more open to general audience. Do they want to share their experience for the world to see. Both options: add to general audience and at the same time more sensitivity to their situation.
Make a brochure with the writings and bring them to schools. Make their writings and their sensitive problems more aware to people thanks to this.
Use visualisations to introduce writing not only explanations. Let them show a demo. Otherwise it is too theoretical. They will be more interested
permit larger audience to learn their stories
Negotiate media partnership with daily newspaper. Ask permission to publish their results. Can even be costefficient.
include anonymosity for those who want to
add more atmosphere. Invite people to their private rooms, choose rooms that match the book scene. Other, non-tradional people to be involved in the organisation
Involve somehow also the people of the day session to the night session. For example family of the prisoner representing them. This make them more proud. Make a stronger emotional connection between the afternoon and the evening. Add small exhibition about these people so they are part of it. Feeling part of it.
Include normal people who like to write. Read their own texts (poems, part of diary, …) to small audience. Read 1A4 text. That really empowers people. Interesting to do during the day.
permit participants to choose a selection of writers and other guests. So the participants become or feel like the ambassador of that writer.
add dialogue between public & author & audience
Give writers a common actual topic and write or read something about it. Then you have variations on the same topic/news. If it is an actual newsitem, people feel connected to it because it is part of their daily life. Audience can vote what they liked most
link local people, host writers, streaming that also makes the elderly present in the theatre, make them more (virtually) visible
Hungarian Society of Writers: Creative writing workshop for kids at the Literary Museum
interesting to have young people from different contexts, address topics that are similar to them, not economy for example. Include anonymity in their way of expressing
have children working in 1 group
make the readings and discussions more modern. Use music, media. Start from a topic, discuss the topic and then come in with books and relate the books to the topic.
go to a bar together
one group goes to the city of the other group. Could be interesting to choose a neutral, new place instead. Take it easy and sleep over and then start working because a bond is created
create a bond asking questions that split the groups into very mixed groups
get references from literature that is related to their groups
do something with the conflicts of identity. Perhaps already work with the youth beforehand, so there is already a shared focus before they meet.
It looks nice and ambitious.
identify a common interest for all participants
all participants find a common ending for a moral problem
inspiration from related books , authors that address similar situations, point them towards solutions that can be found in books
rural places are real place of storytelling from generation to generation, it could be enriching to add the intergenerational aspects. To work with local stories that live from years.
we do our thing and leave after an event. Is it possible to add something on it so it stays in their lifes a bit longer, for example linked with a call for competition
permit the story to live after you have left. think about a system. For example: solutions for an open ending in a video, open to general public. Ask them to upload a piece
children as hero of the story so s/he is more engaged in the story. Simplify the character so you can identify with it
Madalena do Pico
not only writing but use different media. Also involve the cultural agents already from the beginning.
Now Creative writing as a source of information to the municipality but talking to young people you should emphasis more the artistic value and the freedom of expression
work also on the social skills of the youngsters in order them to be able to work with seniors and hospitalized people. Someone who is expert on this can teach the youngsters first these skills
Engage a VIP person?
Organise a contest to motivate them
Think about student motivation. Good contact with the local teachers necessary.