Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Group Session

Last week I tried a group storytelling session with three men from SRVS. Lately, my first sessions have been “getting to know you” instances more than “writing a story” occasions anyway, so I thought working with a small group might save time in the long run.

I love working one-on-one with the individuals, so it was strange to be pulled in so many different directions during this session. At the same time, it seems like a good approach, because I can evaluate more individuals at once, and see who has a greater interest in the project and who might like to work one-on-one at another time.

Two men were content to just draw pictures; they didn’t interact too much, so I think it would take a long time to get them to open up and share stories, if they ever reached that point with me. The third man is someone I’ve gotten to know a lot better recently. Chris was very shy at first, but now he smiles when he sees me, shares details about his day, and cracks jokes.

In this session, we talked a lot about superheroes, and what power we’d want if we could choose. Chris wanted to fly, and I chose invisibility. We discovered that we’d actually be a great crime-fighting team if we worked together. Except, here’s the twist – Chris wants to be a bad guy!

Not long after sketching out our superhero selves, we had to end the session, but I’m really eager to work with Chris again, and see what adventures his dark side alter-ego will get into!

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