1-Day Intensive: Story + Structure, Feeling + Form Zoom Seminar, Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
Class will meet on 4/11 via Zoom, 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM EST
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.
This is a one-off, 2 1/2-hour exploration of how to work our stories like a puzzle and sculpt them into a thing of beauty. This seminar is designed for emerging and established creative writers who are eager to take their storytelling to the next level.
We'll discuss classic, non-linear, and inventive structures, including the ABDCE approach, and dual perspectives (past and present), but we'll also consider essential non-colonial narratives in a workshop environment, and discuss additional ways of wrangling the work into a shape that serves the story and drives the plot forward.
You'll also examine the role of feeling and form in shaping your stories, gaining a deeper understanding of how to use these elements to create cohesive, impactful narratives.
In a supportive and dynamic workshop environment, this seminar is an opportunity to connect with like-minded writers and gain valuable insights from one of our most popular instructors.
By the end of this intensive, you'll walk away with a wealth of tools and techniques for crafting well-structured, emotionally engaging stories that captivate your readers from start to finish. Sign up today and unlock your full creative potential!
- Understanding the importance of structure in storytelling
- Exploration of classic, non-linear, and inventive structures, including the ABDCE approach and dual perspectives (past and present)
- Understanding essential non-colonial narratives and their impact on storytelling
- Developing skills to wrangle the story into a shape that serves the story and drives the plot forward
- Understanding how to use feeling and form to create a cohesive and impactful story
- Engaging in a workshop environment to explore and apply these concepts to your own writing
- Takeaway tools and techniques for crafting a well-structured and impactful story
"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
Tuesday, April 11th, 2023
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.