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Improv Storytelling & Creative Writing Workshop in Santa Fe

Friday, February 21st, 2014
My Saturday Improv Storytelling & Creative Writing Workshop in Santa Fe has filled up!
 
Now we are adding a Sunday workshop 3/16/2014- who is game? Contact me at b mayfield media at gmail dot com and I will send you the PDF with all details. Space is limited. Hope to see you in Santa Fe soon for this epic adventure.
 
And Peggy Pfeiffer of BadDog Design has 3 excellent social media workshops coming up. I’ve taken them. They are great.
Here is the link:
http://e2.ma/webview/qy7xh/95de554579c92f665f71f8de9183b629
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Improv Storytelling & Creative Writing Workshop, March 15, 2014

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Let's tell stories that won't be forgetten.

Let’s tell stories that won’t be forgetten.

Barbara Mayfield’s  Improv Storytelling & Creative Writing Workshop is coming to Santa Fe.

 A Day of Productive Play! Time to get out the way, tune in, and harvest the stories that are waiting to be told. Saturday. March 15th. 2014.

10am – 3:30pm. A creative lunch break from noon til 1:30.

Location: BadDog Design, 901 West San Mateo, Studio D, Santa Fe, New Mexico  87505

Barbara Mayfield:  505-231-4774 ph/txt and/or bmayfieldmedia@gmail.com

Improv storytelling is a way of accessing stories you didn’t even know where there.

Stories are upstream from everything. The Story is where all our joy, heart, power and successes, where all our creative projects, efforts, and enthusiasms originate. Mayfield has drawn from her years of training and experience working in the arts and put together a new workshop for Creatives and for those who think they are not. Barbara Mayfield is a multi-disciplinary award-winning author-actor-comedienne-storyteller-puppeteer. Visit http://ThePowerofPuppets.com.

Would you like to have a new workshop experience? Perfect for writers, storytellers, story-slammers, songwriters, screenwriters of any genre and level, wanna-be’s, and anyone who wants to experience the mystical power of the spontaneous. In a safe supportive environment, of course!

Peggy Pfeiffer, Creative Director of Bad Dog Design, is hosting this event in the Bad Dog Design studio. Some of you may be familiar with her gorgeous, rockin’ design space – an inspiring place in which to be creative.

About the workshop:

What won’t be happening: We won’t be doing any fixing, figuring it out, marketing, planning, publishing, worrying, fretting or struggling. We won’t be doing scary standing-in-front-of-an- audience solo public speaking (not this time anyway).

What will be happening: We’ll relax, listen, take fun and funny risks. Learn new ways to access stories you didn’t even know where there. Explore new creative territory. Work with fabulous prompts. Speak out loud a bit. Write to capture & harvest the goods. Let new stories float in. I’m bringing my bag of tricks from years of theater, improv storytelling and creative writing, to lead you in a creative process that I have found to be thrilling and unstoppable.

Cost is $55. Payment accepted by PayPal (I’ll email you a Paypal invoice). Credit card payments accepted by phone on my new fabulous Square account. Call me up. Or email me about sending a check.

To hold your place, please pay in full before Feb 28th. Space is limited. No refunds, but rain-checks will be issued.

On the Day: Bring a bag lunch and your beverage, or plan to eat at one of the great bistros in the neighborhood. You’ll have an hour and a half because art-making requires fuel, digestion and camaraderie as part of the day. Bring a notebook, and the writing instruments of your choice.

Wear comfy no-stress clothing that you feel good in. I’ll bring everything else.

Contact Barbara with questions, more details and to claim your seat.

bmayfieldmedia@gmail.com           http://ThePowerofPuppets.com

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Henry Miller and his Writing Schedule

Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Writing desk

My desk, given to me by Kate Van Roeken, the first “Mrs. iptweet” I’d ever met.

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/02/22/henry-miller-on-writing/

In preparation for the new year ahead, I share this link to Henry Miller’s list of best writing & life practices. I find it inspiring and it can applied to all art forms. The great power of focus.

As always, the motto is “Tell me a story I won’t forget.”

Write well,

Barbara

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The Dwelling Prompt

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Hi Gang,

We just finished up Writers Group and today was my turn to bring the Prompt. So we Skyped me in and here it is:

Location and dwellings can be important characters in a story.

Before looking at the list, choose a number from 1 to 10. Then look at your number and let that dwelling style inspire a new story or a new bit for the book you are working on. This prompt yielded fantastic writings today. Deb says she will post her piece very soon.

Ok, below this photo is the list. GO!

Casita by the River, mixed media dwelling painting by Barbara Mayfield. 2013

Casita by the River, mixed media dwelling painting by Barbara Mayfield. 2013

 

  1. cave
  2. teepee
  3. airstream mobile home
  4. treehouse
  5. gazebo
  6. yurt
  7. seashore bungalow
  8. condo
  9. palace
  10. apartment in Paris

Write a story we won’t forget.

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Two thousand miles east

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
Giganto yard sale was just part of the dismantling.

Giganto yard sale was just part of the dismantling.

This essay was written in response to Nadine’s most recent prompt: Treasures We Cannot Let Go:

Recently, I moved. Packed up and drove across Interstate 40, two thousand miles to the east.

I dismantled twenty years and twenty-two hundred square feet of house and belongings. Hint: I love my stuff. I do not have any Zen bones in my body. But for this move, I had to seriously let go of a lot of goods.

I sold two refrigerators, two wood stoves, an oven, a front-loading Sears washing machine that they don’t make anymore. Beds, cupboards and bookshelves, a vintage yellow kitchen table given to me by an old friend who had taste. Many rustic outdoor items – a Mexican table, an antique food warmer contraption, a heavy blue bench that has been in my studio since 1981. Four solid oak schoolroom chairs – antiques! -given to me by an old boyfriend in 1985.

I sold half-full gallon cans of my favorite colors of house paint – the colors in my adobe house in the Ponderosa woods, perched on the upward slope of the second largest mesa on earth.

I trimmed my holiday decorations from ten large boxes to six, and let go of my extra Christmas tree stand. Someday, I know I will need it because I have been wanting to have two trees for years. I sorted through my collection of rubberstamps and out of five thousand of them, I found twenty-five I didn’t need or want anymore.

I sold a blender and a juicer, and all my old sets of dishes and two tea kettles, and my five teapots.

I sold my 16’ ladder, my orange wheelbarrow, all my hoes and rakes – even the ones I’d painted in stripes and colors….and five boxes of tiles for mosaic-making. AAARRRGGHHH.

I sold off all my artist stretcher bars! My easel made in Italy that I bought in 1983 when I graduated from the Academy. I gave away and sold off oil paintings I’d done early in my career, that showed my first apartments and gardens, and paintings that featured my first tableware as a married woman. I have a thing for beautiful tableware.

I had a professional closet-raider come in. I traded her a vintage fiesta skirt that never fit me but was given to me by my dearest friend, who lives far away now. Ms. Closet-Raider insisted I consign and give away easily one-third to one-half of my clothing and about a dozen pairs of shoes I wish I’d kept to make shrines out of. And the hats! So many hats – feathers, straw, velvet  – from so many places I’ve been, and I look great in hats, and I looked really good in all of them.

The professional made me go through my cedar chest with the lifetime memory clothes in it, and this is where I drew the line in my own sandy mind. I pretended to agree with her advice and made piles to give away or sell. The satin maternity top my mother made me using a fabric printed with images of Chinese courtesans. All my cowgirl dresses –  small, flowery prints, long to the ankle –  that I bought when I first arrived in Santa Fe from the East. They haven’t fit me since 1997, so, of course, it would be best to let them go – what’s the point? My senior prom dress! White organza, made for me with hand-stitched pearls on the hem and the empire waistline, by a high school mentor (long story). My pink velvet junior prom dress! What’s the point of holding on to these things? They are not even costumes. They don’t fit now and they won’t ever fit me again!! She was so right.

Then we came to The Dress. The most important dress in the world, my world. The dress that is the color of the sea in Bora Bora. The dress I spent the most money on that I had spent on a garment, ever. The dress I bought in Italy, in Venice.

I would not even lie to the professional closet person about it. This dress stays with me. It fit me once; does not fit now; not likely that it will fit me ever again…I do not care!!

I was traveling alone in Europe and I had never travelled alone. I was there on the scholarship money I’d won upon graduation from the well-endowed Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The only string on that prize was that I had to travel for ten weeks anywhere in the world I wanted to go. Everybody should be granted in this way, at least once in a lifetime.

At the time, I was the 31-year-old mother of two young sons. I dropped the boys off at their dad’s house on my way to the airport heading to Paris, first.

I was three weeks into my trip when I spotted the Aqua Dream in a tiny shop on Piazza San Marcos, Venezia, Italia. An angora knit, it fit me like a glove. Long sleeves, a double skirt just to the knees. So incredibly classy, sexy, Italian.

That I bought that dress – and I knew I would buy it the moment I saw it – so beautiful, so expensive, so sensuous – after years of shopping the racks at Goodwill Industries and “don’t be silly” and “where will you wear it” and “what do you need that for” and “later, later, maybe someday”…….. it was a turning point, a landmark.

I’ve worn it a few times. Mostly in the house alone. A few times with a lover. A few times out into the world when I felt very glad to be alive.  If I live long enough to get very frail and I die in one piece, perhaps I can be buried in it.

After the Closet Person left, I waited 3 days, then put all the other life memory clothes back into the cedar chest and the two strong mover guys easily carried it into the truck.

——end——-                                        Copyright 2012  Barbara Mayfield  All rights reserved.

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On Seeing

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Sometimes praise for your work from those whose approval you crave can be cryptic and confusing. In this illuminating personal essay, Newbury Award winner Kate diCamillo shares how she learned good writing is one thing and good SEEING is quite another.

http://www.katedicamillo.com/onwrit.html

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Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

 

Works-in-progress are often solitary, almost secretive, things until one launches them into the great, wide world. What a treat to share now! Thanks to Barbara Mayfield, author of ‘Mrs. Ipweet and Me’, via NancyKay Wessman and the Blog Hop gang for this great opportunity.

 

1: What is the working title of your book(s)?

‘Lint.’ And it might stay that way. So far, I like it. Book titles often come at mysterious times in mysterious places.

 

2: Where did the idea for the book originate?

The idea to write about a kid growing up in a big family at a time and place when most families are small came from real life. I am number 7 of 8 kids.

 

3: Under what genre does your book come?

Middle grade mystery. This may sound strange after reading answer #2, but it is precisely because Lint is in a big family that she is inspired to stand out in the crowd as the World’s Greatest Detective.

 

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Wow. What a question! Hmmm, the female equivalent of Beaver Cleaver would play Lint. And 12-year-old  John Belushi would play Adrian, Lint’s pain in the keister class-mate, new neighbor, and partner-in-sleuthing.

 

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

A girl who feels about as useful as a dust mote determines to become the World’s Greatest Detective only to discover she can be the world’s greatest at something far more important: herself.

 

6: Will your book be self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

I’ll self-publish. As much as I’d love to hear those golden words, “We want to represent your work.” it’s been a thrill to travel around the Great Wall of Rejection and find a happy audience.

 

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still working on it! If I focused singularly, I would guess a 6 weeks to two months. But I’m a professional plate spinner with many on the go, one of which is illustrating a new picture book that I wrote, called ‘Pussycat, Pussycat’.

 

8: To what other books within your genre would you compare this story?

‘Great Brain’ meets ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’.

 

9: Who or what inspired you to write this? 

As a kid, I loved reading about other kids in different situations than my own and thought it would be fun to share some of what it was like to grow up in a huge family. Also when I’m going through a personal growth spurt, my new-found ‘ah-ha’s’ tend to inpire my writing. My big light bulb moments lately have been in the realm of introverts and extroverts. It’s an extrovert’s world out there yet up to half the U.S population is introverted, just like Lint. Introverts unit! (Doubtful there will be  any noisy rallies any time soon!)

For artistic inspiration and children’s writing extraordinaire, check out:

BarbaraMayfield.com

mayfieldart.wordpress.com

www.etsy.com/shop/MayfieldMedia

And:

www.wessmanwords.com

 

 

 

 

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Author Blog Hop – “Your Next Big Thing”

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
From one of my new paintings - write a story that has a magical blue bird in it.

From one of my new paintings – write a story that has a magical blue bird in it.


Barbara Mayfield here. Thanks to author NancyKay Wessman for the invitation to join the Author Blog Hop: “What Is Your Next Big Thing?” interview series.

Who will play Mrs. Iptweet in the film????

The question is answered in my post today on my blog.

 

With links to all the author blog hoppers, and to the stars I intend to book for the movie….

Here’s a wonderful article about Mrs. Iptweet on Children’s Retail today.

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Titles as Stories

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7x10 gouache on paper

Deep Kiss from the Universe, 7×10 gouache on paper

It seems true to me that Stories are upstream from everything, and the Cosmic Word gets it all going.

This week I launched an art e-shop on Etsy.com.

And I see with this work, as with my other artwork, the piece is not finished until I give it a title. Until it is Named.

And that is when my storyteller self kicks into gear: “Birds Poking Around in a Swirling Vortex”, “The Third Eye is Very Large”, “Cosmic Dust Making Itself into Something”.

And people seem to like the stories that accompany the visuals.

I’ve listed for sale about 30 pieces, as of today. Many of them are small gouache (7×10″) paintings on paper that were done in the late 90’s. These pieces were so personal and I liked them so much, I kept them! Didn’t show them to even a friend, until now.

My Etsy.com Shop

 

 

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First Person Story Museum

Friday, January 25th, 2013
The Glory of Green Glass

The Glory of Green Glass

Barbara here. I live in Philadelphia now, so I like to give my writer pals in Santa Fe a head’s up about my next prompt. Plus I am bursting with excitement about it:

The First Person Story Museum is here in Philly. It is an aspect of the dynamic First Person Arts organization. They believe in stories like we do, except bigger.

For our next prompt, we will go to the First Person Museum website, find out what type of object is the story prompt that week, each write a flash piece on it, and then submit it to the museum for exhibition on the website right then and there.

You can go right now to the site and read wonderful short -short stories inspired by personal objects. And/or you could write and submit a story about this week’s Featured Type of Object: “From the Kitchen”.

How great is this! And I am not even making it up.

 

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