Two more energizers

Further to last post, I thought I could include a couple more ways to get a group moving: Silvia‘s energizer was fun and got us moving. I don’t know what to call it and so name it: Silvia’s energizer The group stands. Starting with one arm, shake it vigorously while counting to 16. Switch to…

Two energizer activities from Stories We Tell

While we were in Bernay-en-Ponthieu we did a variety of different energizer-style activities at different times to perk us up or shift the energy of the room. It’s high time I put some here, wouldn’t you say? The first one was offered up by MeriƧ: ‘The sun shines on…’ This game is very similar to…

Sound Story

A new experience for me in Bernay was creating stories that had no words or images in them. On day 4 of the workshop experience we listened to a traditional/historical story of the Bernay region, and without speaking, we took a piece of paper and each drew our favorite part of the story.  Still without…

Bernay Stories

This was one of my favorite writing activities while we were working together in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. We were released into the community in small groups to explore and collect ideas and inspiration for 3 different types of stories. Our group worked together to find sounds and sights for each other’s stories, and…

Scavenger Hunt Story

We did this workshop in the afternoon of the first day in Stories We Tell with Nomadways. It was on the schedule as ‘team building’ – it was, and so much more. The charm of this was being in a country that was not my own, in a sweet and bucolic small town steeped in…

Writing From The Future

We did a writing exercise while in Bernay-en-Ponthieu with Nomadways in which used our imaginations to look back on our career. We imagined that we were writing an introduction to our last collection of short stories. You can read mine here. Writing From The Future Materials needed: paper, pens/pencils Time: 1 hour Participants: work individually…

Looking out / Looking in

We used this exercise with Nomadways to jump-start our reflective processes and get us in the learning/analyzing/critical thinking mindset. Looking out / Looking in: Materials needed: paper, pens  Time: 1 hour with a large group. Final discussion time can be shorter with a smaller group. Participants: pairs, sitting facing each other with writing/drawing surface between…

Getting to know you

We did an interesting exercise with Nomadways to get to know each other. Our group was about 20 people and we were able to learn each other’s names within the first day partly thanks to this little game. We played after doing a brief introductory round in which we stated our names, where we were from,…

Day 5 commences…

This morning our first job was to re-imagine a fairy tale from the perspective of a different character. We were assigned our tale and broken into groups. We had a chance to discuss things, then we headed off to different corners to write our tales. This is mine: As a young child, she was abandoned…

March – in Like a Lion

I am here in the North of France, in Bernay-en-Ponthieu, with Nomadways in a two week residency with 20 other people from all around the world exploring storytelling. We began in earnest yesterday morning – the days are packed with different activities, and punctuated with delicious food. I can safely say that I have never,…