Saturday, June 24, 2023

Dave Garbutt and the Thin Raft workshopping method for creative writing

I met my friend Dave Garbutt in 1996; the first thing I remember doing with him was attending a Neil Young and Crazy Horse concert in Zurich that June. Later that year, we began to organize the Thin Raft writing group that began meeting in early 1997 at the English Department of the University of Basel where I had started working in October 1995. Although I stopped attending around 2010 or so, the group is still running, as far as I know. Dave has just written a Medium post summarizing the procedures for Thin Raft meetings, which are very effective and which I still use in my poetry and songwriting classes. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 24 June 2023)


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