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Introduction to Memoir 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Thursday, March 2nd, 2023
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$425.00

Introduction to Memoir 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Thursday, March 2nd, 2023


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Begins Thursday, March 2nd, 2023

Class will meet weekly on Wednesday nights via Zoom, 7:00PM - 9:30PM EST

Open to All writers!

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

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.

Over the course of six meetings we'll dive into four crucial elements of writing narrative nonfiction: memory, character development, story, and voice/perspective.

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 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 to memoir and writers looking to brush up on their skills and discover new approaches to craft.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:
  • Develop new writing skills and hone existing ones, dig deeper into the practice, understand and master the workshopping (feedback) process, generate solid story ideas, and find your voice.

  • Find the stories you want to tell and the ones you didn't know you had in you, understand and master the workshopping (feedback) process, and how different authors navigate this complicated terrain.

SYLLABUS

Week 1 - Digging In: Intro to Micro Memoir, Personal Essay + Finding Your Stories
Week 2 - Ways of Seeing: World Building Through Observation + Description
Week 3 - Essential Figures: Primary + Secondary Character Development
Week 4 - Inside/Outside Scene: When To Show + When To Tell
Week 5 - Feeling + Form: Micro Plot, Story, Situation + Structure
Week 6 - Love + Revision: Editing Ruthlessly

TAKE THIS CLASS IF:

  • You're finding the constraints of your current writing practice too limiting.
  • You want exposure to a range of new approaches to bring to your writing practice.
  • You want an expanded sense of what is possible in your work in 2023 and beyond!

TESTIMONIALS:

"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 weekly via Zoom. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.
  • Instructor: Blaise Allysen Kearsley

  • Class size limited to 10 writers

  • Class Starts March 2nd, 2022

  • 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.