Writing Odense English Language Writer's Workshop in Odense
“I don’t want to freak you out, but I think I may be the voice of my generation. Or a voice, of a generation.” – Hannah Horvath, Girls. More delicious than this boastful declaration of self-importance is the immediate retraction, announcing early in the show that Hannah, an aspiring writer, struggles with self-doubt just as much as she embraces self-glorification. It’s what makes her sweet and quirky, and immensely relatable.
I always thought I’d grow up to be a writer – I’m still sure of it! Very often I feel like there’s a story somewhere in my head, just waiting to be ripe enough to burst out and ideally write itself in one long writing frenzy. I don’t know what the story is, and it may very well be just a sort of phantom limb type of entity, fed by wishful thinking. But I’m sure this is not a healthy approach to writing, albeit romantic in a Thomas Wolfe kind of way. A lot of it must be hard work and planning, writing and re-writing, bouts of self-doubt, patience and anxious hope – all worth it, in the end. Yes, this struggle-with-creation scenario sounds more realistic and more gratifying – the story might never burst out on its own, but you will grow a lot as you wrestle to set it free.
So, don’t hesitate – run towards it! This workshop is a perfect starting point. Sarah Fisher (of Write, Odense) is a freelance writer, teacher and facilitator, whose perspective on creative writing is truly inspiring: “Creative writing is being in on something wonderful. It's a revelatory exercise, whether or not it'll be read. It gives us permission to speak, to curate truth, and it helps us be in charge of our own narrative.” I’d say the battle is half won, with her in your corner!
Note: the workshop (critique, feedback, readings) is held entirely in English.Link to the event
Elena has an MA in American Studies from SDU, and currently works as Features Editor for arts and culture publication PETRIe. She is interested in visual culture and contemporary art, design an...