Improv for Writers on Orkney - island imagination!

On May 26, the Saturday after the workshop in Dublin, I had the chance to run it again at the very lively Orkney Library & Archive. If you want to know what I mean by lively, check out their Twitter feed. Again, the group was ready to muck in. And I fell in love with the island!

 

 The first rule of improv is to listen. I love it when a group has an odd number of participants, so I get to join in with the exercise rather than just observe the group. Here I'm listening to a story being made up out of elements I am throwing at Anna, in an exercise called Spitfire.

The first rule of improv is to listen. I love it when a group has an odd number of participants, so I get to join in with the exercise rather than just observe the group. Here I'm listening to a story being made up out of elements I am throwing at Anna, in an exercise called Spitfire.

 It isn't always easy to improvise, and it takes practice, but even learning just a few exercises leads to some wonderful surprises.

It isn't always easy to improvise, and it takes practice, but even learning just a few exercises leads to some wonderful surprises.

 Everyone gets some time to see if learning to tell stories on the spot translates into being more able to write stories on the spot.

Everyone gets some time to see if learning to tell stories on the spot translates into being more able to write stories on the spot.