Reykjavík Multilingual Writing Lab
Do you want to write in a multilingual environment? To celebrate the 100 anniversary of women’s right to vote in Iceland, the Reykjavik UNESCO City of Literature offers a workshop for women under the guidance of writer Angela Rawlings.
The first session is in January/February 2015. The final session is in May. In between, there will be one-on-one guidance through email contact. Workshop participants will be invited to have the work developed through the workshop, considered for an anthology of multilingual writing in Iceland.
“HOW DO YOU LIKE ICELAND?”
The question, for politeness’ sake, requests a generic, positive response. It has become a go-to for Iceland-born citizens who meet people identified as foreign within the country – whether tourists, permanent residents, or naturalized citizens. It’s become a familiar question with anticipatable answers, but beyond the social game requested in the question lies the opportunity for significant intercultural engagement.
How might foreign-born Iceland-dwelling writers take up this question, stripped of its social-etiquette requisite? How might Iceland-born writers answer the same question?
Our workshop will provide a space to work through multiple approaches to generate new writing, while exploring the collision and collusion of languages and cultures within Iceland.
It is open to both Iceland-born and foreign-born dwellers interested in expansive opportunity to generate new writing in a multilingual environment. Writers who participate in the workshop will experiment with different styles of writing, and then commit to development of a longer-term work intended for completion by the end of the workshop.
Writers will start from a place of memoir and new realism, bending and blending into other formats (script, prose, poetry).
The first sessions (January/February) will be geared towards dispelling the myth of writer’s block, discussing strategies for writing between and within multiple languages, and identifying our self-censors. We will work with multiple styles of writing, and strategies for crafting new work. By the end of this first session, participants will have initiated a new writing project to which they will dedicate themselves from February to May, and which will be the sharing focus for the rest of our working time together.
An intermediary period (February through April) will focus the writers on developing first and second drafts; they’ll need time to gestate the work they’ve begun and to navigate building a writing practice into their weekly lives. Depending on what they choose to write, they will develop a short related-reading list and perhaps research material that will help them develop their written work. Consultation sessions with Angela will offer support specific to the project they’re developing.
In the final in-person sessions (May), we will work specifically on strategies for revision, structural formatting of the work, and any accompanying adaptations that could be visual, digital, or performative. We will aim for the work to be publishing-ready by the conclusion of the workshop, with advice on how to seek publication.
First session – 2 weekends in January / February
Saturday, January 24 from 13:00-16:00
Sunday, January 25 from 13:00-16:00
Saturday, January 31 from 13:00-16:00
Sunday, February 1 from 13:00-16:00
Final Session – 2 weekends in May:
Saturday, May 2 from 13:00-16:00
Sunday, May 3 from 13:00-16:00
Saturday, May 9 from 13:00-16:00
Sunday, May 10 from 13:00-16:00