Choosing the right space for a group workshop

The workshop space is an important component to creating an atmosphere that encourages creative energy as well as a since of group interaction and community. In our own workshops, we have found that some specifics of the room set-up has made a big difference in the way the participants are able to interact as well as its impact on the overall feel of the workshop.

The Room– Ideally, the room is large enough to accommodate your group, but small enough so that the group takes up the majority of the room’s space. Windows, paintings or other art decor on the walls are all components of the room that promote a creative workshop feel.

The Tables– We have found that setting the tables up either in a circle or a U-shape works very well. Participants are able to look at each-other throughout icebreakers as well as during the sharing of their writing.

The Board– Ideally, there is somewhere in the room to hang a poster board (or write on a dry-erase or chalk board) the prompt, so that participants may refer to it throughout their writing.

A few specifics– During out workshops, we have set name tents up in front of each participant, so that other participants may easily read his or her name as well as stick-on name tags. We also have provided the participants with light snacks (coffee and bagels).

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