March 2, 2010
As a coach, I can state unequivocally that this program has an effect on every writer that participates in the workshop.
The result varies per student, but one consistent effect I've seen is a noted increase in self esteem and willingness to put themselves "out there" in the world.
The insistence by the program that the art they produce be emotionally connected also works deeply and mysteriously with the writers. I could use phrases like "release of embedded trauma," or "a gentle yet effective catharsis" -- but these phrases are too clinical, and yet not all-encompassing enough.
The writers are helped, emotionally. That's the best way to put it. Every one of them is helped emotionally when they work through one of our workshops and see their art on stage.
Also, I want to say that this is some of the most challenging, exacting, and exciting work I've ever done. The skill set it takes to be a writing coach in this program is vast, and the amount of intuition and on-your-feet flexibility needed can be mind boggling. The veteran coaches at Playwrite are masters of a rare and enviable skill, make no mistake.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the effect on the writers. If we could do a "before" and "after" short video of every writer, there would be no doubt in anyone's mind about the effectiveness of this program.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & Writing Coach.