Reminder emails about the Eastbourne Playwork Conference keep appearing in my inbox – I can’t believe it’s so soon!
I’ll be presenting the award for Playwork Writer, and want to send my Big Fat Congratulations to everyone shortlisted for the many various and wonderful awards. It’s going to be an amazing group of people, and I’m so excited to be there for the whole thing, talking about the Study Tour to Istanbul last April, and facilitating a workshop called The Processes of Becoming a Playworker.
I cannot tell you how much grammatical tinkering I did with that title. Swapped out Process for Processes. Added Being to Becoming. Was this the right time to resort to the old academic trick of titling it Something Catchy: Many Obscure Terms in a Ridiculously Long Sentence, I wondered? Luckily reason prevailed – it is never the right time for that. At one point I lost my mind a little and started throwing in festive parentheses as if I was back in undergraduate Women’s Studies. The Process(es) of (Being and) Becoming a Playworker. Finally, I abandoned all of these changes in favor of the simple title that Meynell had drawn out of our conversation, but this back and forth demonstrates the reason why I’d been excited about this topic in the first place – and why I started and keep this blog.
Playwork is COMPLICATED. It is a nuanced and personal process. Becoming a playworker takes time and is never finished.
So, dear readers, I’d like to enlist you all in considering these questions:
– What makes someone a playworker?
– How did you start becoming a playworker?
– When did you feel like a playworker?
– Is there such a thing as a “natural playworker”?
– What are, in your experience, some of the landmarks of a playworker’s development?
– What have you seen and felt when training or mentoring other playworkers?
All stories, anecdotes, and answers-in-the-form-of-more-questions are welcome, either here in the comments or to me by email!