Cub Reporter Debbie Kaufman sent in this report of the Georgia Romance Writers way of celebrating the holidays while infusing that little extra something into their writing.
Georgia Romance Writers added a creative twist to their annual Christmas party this year with the inclusion of an improvisation workshop. Allison Gilmore and Elizabeth Beasley of DuMore Improv and the Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy cajoled more than sixty members into quick scenes of structured improvisations, and sparked the creative process for us in a whole new way. We started with an exercise where two people faced each other and counted from 1 to 3 with each person counting one of the numbers in order. I would never have thought that such a simple task could demand so much attention and be so funny.
Besides a workshop filled with laughter, attendees took away valuable insights for the creative writing process. The one main point we all carried away involved the “Yes, and” response structure to ideas that forms the basis of improvisation. By morning’s end, Gilmore and Beasley demonstrated how this positive approach generated more choices in scenarios than its polar opposite, the “No, but” response. Using the positive approach, members created hilarious scenes for the audience’s enjoyment, proving that, just like life, positive is always the better approach. GRW members took away valuable tools and had fun in the process.
What a wonderful way to spend a holiday gathering that left us laughing and more open-minded as we approach everything in life, not just writing. We shared a breakfast meal and everyone brought a wrapped book we exchanged with each other. One of the highlights of the morning was handing over a check for almost $1000 to support Literacy. This money comes from raffle sales at every GRW event. Everyone left in high spirits and happy to have participated in an unusual holiday gathering.
Bottom Line: I think if parties were given as learning tools, I’d learn a lot more and have loads of fun doing it.
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