Prospects for writing and reading in an age of distraction, with Bob MacKenzie

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Prospects for writing and reading in an age of distraction, with Bob MacKenzie

Time: May 19, 2017 from 10:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Friends Meeting House, Brighton
Street: Ship Street
City/Town: Brighton BN1 1AF
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Phone: 01273 770 258
Event Type: collaborative, writing, workshop
Organized By: Bob MacKenzie
Latest Activity: 10 hours ago

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Event Description

Your invitation to AMED’s annual visit to the seaside.  Enjoy creative conversations. Reflect. Savour some quiet personal writing and reading time. Meet old and new friends. Experiment, share, practice, make discoveries. Celebrate   each other’s talents.  Have some fun during the Brighton Festival. Leave with renewed energy and creativity.

Plus ça change …?

In a digital age, the potential of dynamic and exploratory interrelationships between writing, reading and conversations is frequently overlooked. This is often to the impoverishment  of personal, professional and organisational development. Contemporary experience of writing, reading and conversations is frequently stressful, noisy, inspected and interrupted. Which aspects and emphases are changing, and which will endure?  Let's explore how to enrich our private and public communication practices. This workshop is a follow-up to a project initiated with the AMED Writers’ Group in June 2015.

How might we engage?

Of course, each form and format of communication has its benefits and limitations, and writing is not a panacea: different people have different preferences or constraints affecting how they communicate, learn and develop.  However, thoughtful approaches to  writing and reading in particular often get short shrift in this age of increasingly mobile and instant communication technologies and practices.

Drawing upon our respective writing and reading histories, and taking advantage of the reflective spaces available to us in and around the Brighton Friends Meeting House (BFMH), we'll enjoy moments of related discussion, reading and writing, moving across a faster/slower spectrum.  As critical friends we can confirm or challenge our respective writing and reading assumptions and practices, and consider future possibilities. We’ll each have plenty of opportunity to pay attention to our own current writing and reading enthusiasms and projects.  Where appropriate, we’ll also draw upon experiences of producing and contributing to AMED’s journal.

What to bring:  Please bring some technology of your choice for both manuscript and digital writing and reading (BFMH is wi-fi-enabled).  Also, please come prepared to share your ideas for, or examples of, a writing or reading project that you’re working on or considering.

Afterwards (optional) we can continue our conversations informally in a pub or coffee shop in the nearby La(i)nes.

Cost (payable via the AMED Office here:  £25 for full AMED Members; £30 for Networkers and Guests.  This includes light refreshments.  You can bring your own packed lunch, or choose from one of the many quirky eating places in the nearby La(i)nes.

Everyone is welcome, so please feel free to spread the word. 

Useful links:  Rail enquiries;; the (Guardian) alt city guide to Brighton

Best wishes. Bob.  E:

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