Begins Wednesday, July 6th, 2022
Class will meet weekly on Wednesdays via Zoom, 3PM - 5PM 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.
Artfully placing the power of language, plot, and character on the page is truly magic—both for the writer and the reader. In this 6-week workshop explore the art of short memoir and personal essay through class discussion, writing prompts, and short in-class readings.
For guidance and inspiration we’ll look to writers and artists like Damon Young, David Sedaris, Samantha Irby, Joe Brainard, Lynda Barry, Abigail Thomas, Jo Ann Beard, Alexander Chee, and others. Students will have several opportunities to share their work, receive and offer feedback.
- Develop new writing skills and hone existing ones, cultivate a writing practice and generate ideas.
- Find the stories you want to tell and the ones you didn't know you had in you.
Week 1 - Memoir, Memory + Finding Your Stories
Week 2 - Observation, Introspection + Language
Week 3 - Character + Plot
Week 4 - When To Show + When To Tell
Week 5 - Dialogue + Setting
Week 6 - Openings + Closings
"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!
Instructor: Blaise Allysen Kearsley
Class size limited to 10 writers
Class Starts July 6th, 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.