1-Day Intensive: Cultivating a Writing Practice Zoom Seminar, Thursday, January 4th, 2024
Thursday, January 4th, 2024
The class will meet on 1/4 via Zoom, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST, including a 30-minute silent write-in.
Open to All writers!
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Taught by Blaise Allysen Kearsley, a Black-biracial writer and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her writing has appeared in Catapult, Longreads, the Boston Globe, Electric Literature's The Nervous Breakdown, Elle, Midnight Breakfast, The Weeklings, and in the anthologies Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic, Nonwhite and Woman, and Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, And Abandoned Rock Operas. Blaise is a contributing editor at Vestal Review, the oldest flash fiction journal on the planet.
In my workshops and individual feedback, I often tell students, "keep going." Sometimes an answer comes back to me in all-caps, BUT HOW??? As a memoirist and career writer (we all make choices!) I know your pain.
So let's talk about it. What are some ways to keep going? How can we cultivate, nurture, and fully engage in a writing practice that offers accountability and focus? One that generates new work and gets us to finish that thing that's been languishing in our drafts folder? What do you need? How can you get it? What will work for you?
You'll walk away from this seminar with a solid plan—your next steps—and other ideas and tools in your arsenal to help you get going and keep going.
*This class will include a 30-minute silent write-in.
- Understanding the importance of maintaining a writing practice
- Techniques for cultivating a writing practice that offers accountability and focus
- Ideas and tools to help generate new work and finish projects
- Strategies for overcoming obstacles and staying motivated
- A solid plan for the next steps in your writing journey
- Knowledge and skills to help you get going and keep going in your writing practice
"I love the readings we do, and especially that they so often feature writers of color. The written feedback from you is always so helpful and in-depth. The prompts helped me to develop a lot of content. I always look forward to workshop nights -- it's a safe space to share."
"I felt so often in college, that I was writing against these very confident men who were forthcoming about the problems within my work and style. Working in your group has been restorative and has allowed me to trust myself without fear of being torn apart."
"Working with Blaise has made me a more confident writer. She's helped me to see my writing as a larger work, and creates a safe, inclusive, encouraging space to share and connect with other writers."
"Blaise is such a skilled reader and editor, and her notes are always valuable. She offers wonderful perspectives, and assembles groups of writers with keen perspectives of their own."
"I really loved the class. You treat every question with such a genuine desire to give the best possible answer and it made me happy every time. I admire that you focus on building people up. For someone like me, that means the world."
"During quarantine I had to show up for myself and others who counted on me, even when I felt like all I wanted to do was hide under my couch. Being part of this creative group of writers saved me."
ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:
This class meets via Zoom. Come prepared for an engaging class with live interaction on Zoom!
- Instructor: Blaise Allysen Kearsley
- Thursday, January 4th, 2024
- The class will meet via Zoom, 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST, including a 30-minute silent write-in.
- Course is fully ONLINE.
Instructor Blaise Allysen Kearsley is a Black-biracial writer and teacher based in Brooklyn. She comes from a long line of teachers, builders, visual artists, and writers. Her writing has appeared in Longreads, the Boston Globe, Electric Literature's The Nervous Breakdown, Elle, Midnight Breakfast, The Weeklings, and in the anthologies Mortified: Real Words. Real People. Real Pathetic. (Simon Spotlight Entertainment) and Cringe: Teenage Diaries, Journals, Notes, Letters, Poems, And Abandoned Rock Operas (Crown Archetype). She has essays forthcoming in Catapult and the anthology Nonwhite and Woman in February 2022. She is the creator/producer/host of the How I Learned storytelling series and has performed at The Moth, Literary Death Match, Risk, and The Liar Show. Blaise is a contributing editor at Vestal Review, the oldest flash fiction journal on the planet. Learn more about Blaise here.