Private Passions, and Highlights of Your 2023 Writing Year, with Bob MacKenzie and Writing Friends (in-person)

December 1 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm GMT

Your Invitation:

Janus, ancient god of gates, doors and beginnings.

Please join us for our annual f2f review and celebration of your writing year.  Here, we can share our writing challenges, achievements and interests arising from yet another strange year of permacrisis.  We can also begin to anticipate our respective writing projects and enthusiasms for 2024.

Our process:  Some 12 -14 of us can meet safely in person at Roots and Shoots, where mince pies will be served, and pub conversations afterwards are also an option.

As a community of writing (and reading) practice, our review includes (optionally) sharing your favourite ‘Word of the Year’ (e.g. ‘goblin mode’, from OUP)[1], or from your own list) that for you epitomises a significant or shifting ethos, mood, or development in 2023.  In any case, please bring along some favourite writing (your own or someone else’s) from 2023 to share in pairs or small groups in a ‘Private Passions’ session.  You might bring an artefact, a recording, an account of an experience – anything!  We’ll also be looking forward to our 2024 writing year.  As a seasonal gift, I’m also attaching a short quiz which might help you to take stock, whether or not you are able to join us on 1 December.

I’ll also be reporting on ideas and suggestions that we’ve received for AWG sessions, and inviting your comments and suggestions.

This typically open and informal gathering is a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new friends who are interested in writing, reading, listening, conversations, diversity, solidarity and conviviality in any form.  Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to spread the word.

Cost£10, whatever participation medium you choose. This money will go towards the cost of room and equipment hire. To be collected in cash on the door.

RSVP: Please indicate your intentions by Friday 17 November (earlier if possible). I’ll send any final arrangements for our AWG meeting a day or so beforehand. Please do tell me if you or someone you know might be interested in offering to facilitate a session in 2024.

Seasonal greetings. Bob

[1] OUP defines goblin mode as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy.” So, what does that look like? Goblin mode can look wildly different for everyone, but it usually involves discarding social norms and expectations for unruly behavior.

Roots and Shoots

Walnut Tree Walk
Kennington, SE11 6DN United Kingdom
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