Actually, tell a lie, pretty non-existent.
Which is why I’m pretty darn chuffed about a 2-day poetry workshop I’ll be running in a school this week.
It came out of the blue from an organisation I’ve run workshops for in the past.
The pay’s good – I’ll be getting £650 for the 2 days, plus expenses are being covered.
It’s gonna be a bit of a challenge as I have to be up at 5am to get there for 8am, plus I’ll be running 5 sessions per day. The good thing is that each session’s with a different group so I can repeat the same format. I’ll probably tweak it in places as I go from group to group but that’s it. It’s still gonna be pretty energy-demanding though, but rewarding too as ultimately it’s about creativity and encouraging an understanding and expression of it in others. It’s a 2-way thing too as you get to learn a brand-new way of looking at the world every time the participants express themselves.
I’m not gonna lie. I’m a bit nervous, apprehensive – all those teenaged eyes looking to me for inspiration – it’s not something I’ve ever gotten used to. But nervous is good. I’ll be ok. I tend to feel the jitters before a workshop. Once I’m in there though, my adrenaline usually kicks in and I pretty-much get down to it. It’s afterwards that I feel really drained.
Anyway, wish me luck.
Enjoy the rest of your week, y’all.