Writing patterns is a creative endeavor also. From the inspiration of recognizing a pattern to be written until it is finally published, our creativity as author is required to give each pattern birth.
This year's PLoP conference will recognize this creativity. PLoP-97 provides the usual Writers' Workshops as well as opportunities for each attendee to explore their creative self. An exploration that will help them in solving their new problems and in writing their patterns.
This page offers an introduction into what this year's PLoP Conference will be like. At last year's PLoP, Ward Cunningham documented the conference through a photo story. In just a few photographs he captured many of the common scenes from PLoP-96.
If you have suggestions for things to do at PLoP, please email them to
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An excellent introduction to Writers' Workshops has been put together by Doug Schmidt. You can view it here. Jim Coplien has prepared a pattern language for Writers' Workshops that offers insight into the reasons behind the process we use.
Events will be announced as they are finalized. Each event will be limited to a maximum number of participants, via a sign-up at Allerton Park.
Leaders for many/most of these activities are still needed. Please send mail to Bob Hanmer if you would like to volunteer to lead one of these activities.
This page has some additional information for Writing Workshop leaders and prospective leaders.
Gifting is a custom of many societies of giving visitors and friends small tokens of friendship. This custom will begin with PLoP/97. PLoP attendees should bring about 20 small gifts that represent themselves, their work, or their companies. Suggested gifts range from hats to t-shirts, from toys to trinkets, from pens to pencils, from abaci to zirconium.
Over the course of the conference these gifts should be presented to other attendees. Whenever the giver feels moved to make a gift. Getting started might be a little awkward, as we each determine when to give what to who. After the first few gifts, it will become less so. And it will likely feel risky, "is my gift good enough?", "what if they don't have anything to give me?", "what if I receive something from someone that I don't want to give anything to?" This also will reduce after the first few.
The benefits of deepening our connections to the other pattern folks at PLoP, and the wisdom into the them and ourselves will greatly exceed our discomfort at getting started. Expect to receive some insight into your fellow attendees, from who gifts you and with what; as well as insight into yourself when you receive a gift.
To raise our creative spirits, outdoor games are an important part of PLoP. Plan on going outside occasionally to frolic on the grass, and plan your attire for comfort and convenience. While suits aren't banned, you might be the only one wearing one!
Space will be provided this year for George to set up his Tangential Thinking space. This is somewhere you can go for a fresh outlook or a breather or ???
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