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Work by current and former students has appeared or is forthcoming in Modern Love, Blavity, The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, Bright Flash Literary Review, Elle.com, Rolling Stone, Manifest Station, Texas Monthly, Refinery29, 11th Street Journal, Dame Magazine, and elsewhere.
[ current classes + consulting
Intro to Memoir
6 weeks; Thursdays; March 2nd - April 12th*; 7:00-9:30 pm ET. (Zoom); Limited to 10 people. *No class on March 23rd.
How do we mine our memory and navigate gaps in our recall? How do we shape real people into real characters on the page? What makes a good story in the first place and why would anyone want to read mine? Who do I want to reach and why? What is it that I've come here to say? Why say it now?
There will be short readings and in-class writing with purpose-driven prompts. You'll share work, commune with your peers, and learn how to give constructive feedback in an inclusive, thoughtful environment.
This is for people who are new (or fairly new) to memoir and writers looking to brush up on their skills and discover new approaches to craft.
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When to Show
+ When to Tell
Tuesday, March 28th; 7:00 - 9:00pm ET (Zoom); Open to all.
You've heard the age-old axiom, "show, don't tell." Less a mantra than a pointed maxim, "show, don't tell" is an important writer's reminder that works for crucial moments in a story.
But what about balancing showing and telling? How do we know when to do what? At any given moment in our storytelling, will a scene best serve our story? A lengthy description? When do we drop info and backstory and move along, keeping pace and ensuring the reader sticks with us?
This intensive seminar will explore these questions and more.
Sudden Stories: Writing Super-Short Narratives
Tuesday, April 18th and Tuesday, April 25th; 7:00 - 9:00 pm ET (Zoom); Open to fiction and creative nonfiction writers.
A compressed and adapted version of the 6-week Flash workshop, this serves as a deep-dive intro or a generative practice for those who have already dabbled in flash form.
What is flash and why write it? What can we convey in a 500-1000 word story that we could—or perhaps couldn't—say in a 12-page piece and how do we say it? What are the most crucial elements in the art and craft of flash? How does the super-short form benefit our writing practice, our storytelling, and our relationship to our intended audience?
One-On-One / Consulting
One-on-one work is for writers looking for personalized creative direction and guidance, whether you're working on a book or trying to finish stand alone pieces to pitch for publication.During one-hour sessions (remotely or in person, as the pandemic allows), we'll identify your goals and projects, and develop a work plan. You'll receive extensive critical feedback and other forms of support catered to your needs.In the universally perpetual quest for accountability and momentum, signing up for 3 sessions is encouraged.
Free initial consultation.
Sliding scale for BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and disabled writers. Payment plans available.
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