Playing with Words is a workshop concept using poetry to stimulate imagination and creativity.

Myesha’s warm and encouraging approach is supportive for both the new and experienced writer.

Using structured exercises, participants create poems and expand their relationship to words.

Specific activities include:  figures of speech, writing exercises, editing practice, free writing, discussion, performance.  The workshop ends with a performance of participants’ new work.

And … there’s a lot of thinking, laughing, feeling, sharing, receiving, dreaming.

Suitable for any group of people – book clubs, work teams, writers circles, women’s groups,community organizations – interested in writing, building creativity and using the imagination. 

Workshops are structured according to the needs of the client.   Playing with Words has been organised for:  PACOFS, POWA, Sacred Heart Secondary School, Artscape, Western Cape
Legislature, Tebogo Trust and the American Cultural and Information Center.

Fee:  Negotiable (R5000/day)

A former participant has this to say about her workshop experience:

During informal discussions about words, books and writing, I told Myesha "I will never be able to write poetry, I could maybe write a short story some time in the future, but not poems, never". A few days later I joined a diverse group of women in a poetry writing workshop facilitated by Myesha Jenkins at Artscape in Cape Town. In a relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere I learnt about different types of poetry, styles and through some very creative exercises, I was soon churning out poems I never thought I could write. We shared our writing without fear of ridicule, we laughed, we made realisations about who we are, we edited each other's writings with open minds, we even transformed into performance poets. I would be for ever grateful for the opportunity of participating in that workshop which convinced me that it is possible for me to be creative and actually string words together to write poetry.

Thank you Ms. Myesha Jenkins, you are an inspiration.

Elizabeth Schutter