Herewith I have the pleasure to present some of the students’ works that came about during Creative Writing workshops at Kunstwelten, Akademie der Künste, Berlin. The workshops took place from 25 until 28 June 2014 at the Theodor-Heuss-Schule, Berlin, and from 30 June until 3 July 2014 at the Produktionsschule, Wolgast, Ostvorpommern, Germany.
The students of the Theodor-Heuss-Schule are high school students in their early teens (thirteen and fourteen years old), who have had language and literature lessons on a regular basis, but little to no exposure to creative writing. In September Ralph Etter, Sophie Narr, and Matthias Luthardt will do a follow-up workshop with the same group, making documentary films as well short feature films, loosely based on a selection of the texts that have just come about. Looking forward to seeing the results!
The students of the Produktionsschule are young adults (between about eighteen and twenty-four years of age), who have only had occasional literature and language lessons, though a few had experience in writing songs and lyrics.
In the creative writing workshops, the goal was to first open up the creativity flow of all participants, and to then look together at the poems that came about, and see how these could be improved and/or polished into a definite form. The students were open, worked hard, made a mess, laughed, googled, ran around, concentrated, and produced poems that caught them by surprise in the end. It was a pleasure to work with them.