Classes and Creative Spaces

Making Space

Space is the breath of art ~ Frank Lloyd Wright

I have a bit of an obsession with space.

How to create the right kind of space… or spaces… to help people write with confidence, to express themselves, to develop creative practices.

It’s how I’ve always thought about Confident Writing, as a space where readers can visit, stop by, pull up a chair, dig into the archives, find the words, the thought, the spark, that will help to make the difference. To free the words.

But I know, have known for a long time, that there is something over and above a conventional blog that I want, need, to create. Some kind of space. Online as well as off, using what I have learned through blogging to create the right kind of space.

Entering Another World

I think, in my defence, this is the reason I’ve created so much blog litter. I’ve been trying to figure out how to design the space. It’s something I see in my head (and feel in my heart) rather than a model I can borrow and adapt.

Which makes it more difficult. Which makes it more exciting. Which makes it all the more worth doing.

I’ve got some new ideas in mind. Some different ways of doing things. Learning from the good and the bad of social media. Allowing the winds of change to blow.

I’m not sure I’ve cracked it yet, but I’ve learned enough about creative practice to know you can’t wait until everything is just so, and totally ready. Better to do enough, and then invite folk in. Let others help to build the space. Shape it, form it. It’s more sustainable that way.

I know, I’m being cryptic.

I’m just signalling a shift. For me, for you.

I’m creating a bit of space for myself to press on with the making of the space.


Intrigued? Wonder where I’m going with this? (Me too!) Watch this space ;-)

Image of Entering another World from Stuck in Customs on Flickr

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7 Responses to “Making Space”

  1. On October 14, 2010 at 7:50 am Jackie Walker responded with... #

    Space, the final frontier! And what a photo, it’s glorious. I really feel drawn into that room. I’m looking forward to what’s coming, no matter what it is :)
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  2. On October 15, 2010 at 2:28 am Elle B. responded with... #

    Well, I’m intrigued. I agree, that photo is stunning. Just followed the link…it’s the reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Hubby and I will be there next month, can’t wait to see it for real!

    Joanna, your social media posts have definitely helped me. I find it all a maze sometimes, but you’ve got an approach that makes sense.
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  3. On October 15, 2010 at 12:59 pm Karen Swim responded with... #

    Well done! The photo is magnetic and the perfect accompaniment to the dramatic tension created in the post. I am on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what comes next. Very exciting!
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  4. On October 16, 2010 at 8:31 am Lillie Ammann responded with... #


    You do know how to make us curious, don’t you?
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  5. On October 17, 2010 at 8:17 am Joanna
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    I’m glad I’ve got you all intrigued! Though now of course I’m starting to worry my new spaces won’t live up to my own hype! Oh the number of ways we manage to get ourselves stuck ;-)

    @Elle B.: thanks for the feedback on the social media posts - I’m glad they’re helping. It can be overwhelming and we definitely need to help each other find ways through



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