9 ways you can harness your inspiration at Ubud Writers and Readers Festival 2018

Posted: 20 October 2018 Author: sikuska

In just a few days the festival will be in full swing with an array of exciting events to choose from. There will be passionate debates and intimate conversations with creators and artists from far and wide. Inspiration will be almost tangible. What better time to learn and create, to try something new or practice an old skill. At the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, we have a range of workshops, cultural experiences and kitchen events for you to do exactly that. Here are just nine of the highlights:

1. Workshop: Silk Painting Inspiration, 25 Oct, 14:00-17:00, The Payogan Villa Resort & Spa

Access another side of yCultuour creativity with marine artist, author and illustrator Kim Toft. Her children’s books, featuring vibrant silk painting illustrations, have captured the hearts of children and won numerous awards. In this hands-on workshop she’ll share her technique and inspiration, and you’ll take home your own silk painting.

2. The Kitchen: What’s Hiding in Your Food?, 26 Oct, 14:00-15:00, The Kitchen at Taman Baca

Do you know what’s really in your food? Join naturopath Lola Taylor in this engaging, informative and practical workshop in which she’ll reveal the effects processed foods and additives can have on your health. Learn how to spot them, and then how to cut them out without sacrificing flavor.

3. Workshop: La Bella Figura, 27 Oct, 10:00-13:00, Outpost

Find your inner Sophia Loren in this workshop with journalist, writer and broadcaster Kamin Mohammadi. She fled London for Florence in desperate need of a change, and found herself transformed by the power of la bella figura. Learn how to live, love, eat like an Italian – and how that can inspire your writing.



4. Cultural Workshop: Gaya Gayo, 27 Oct, 11:00-12:00, Campuhan College

Discover body percussion in this interactive workshop introducing the traditional Saman dance of the Gayo people of Aceh. Dancers clap their hands, slap their chests, thighs and the ground, click their fingers, and sway and twist their bodies and heads in time with the shifting rhythm – bring your best moves for a truly unique experience!

5. Cultural Workshop: Blue is the Universe, 27 Oct, 12:30-13:30, Joglo @ Taman Baca

Join Balinese contemporary artist and creator of the UWRF18 artwork Budi Agung Kuswara (Kabul) on a journey into the blue universe of cyanotype printing. Using plants and objects distinct to the Balinese way of life, Kabul will guide participants to create their own A4 cyanotype photogram print.

6. Workshop: Get Out of Your Own Way, 27 Oct, 14:00-17:00, Taksu Spa & Restaurant

Feeling stuck? There are obstacles to writing you can’t control, so learn how to tackle the ones you can. Whether it’s making time, pushing through writer’s block, or simply feeling you have permission to put pen to paper, motivational speaker and writer Meena Kumari Adnani shares her secrets to feeling empowered and energized about your work.

7. The Kitchen: Coffee Conversation, 28 Oct, 10:00-12:00, Seniman Coffee Studio

Indonesian single-origin beans have joined the ranks of the world’s most coveted coffee, and a new publication is here to celebrate. Singalong explores Indonesia’s coffee scene; from people to politics, finances to sciences, crop to cup. Join the coffee conversation with the team from Seniman Industries, one of Indonesia’s leading specialty coffee brands.

8. Workshop: Writing Truth with Tail, 28 Oct, 10:00-12:00, Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud

Truths are never one sided. With Senior Editor Endy Bayuni, you’ll learn how to find an unseen angle, and seek the ‘tail’ to create the message your readers can stay with. You’ll use narrative arc, concrete details, and creative nuances to pen your piece. Some of us may have similar stories, but never the same outlook.

9. Workshop: Writing and Ethics, 28 Oct, 14:00-17:00, The Purist Villas

Whether you are a poet, a novelist, or a nonfiction writer, questions of ethics are inescapable. This workshop is about what words can do, the trouble they can cause, and the risks and responsibilities of wielding them: a fun, interactive exploration of how to make and unmake trouble with words.

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