Writing New York: Personal Narratives That Could Only Happen Here 4-Week Zoom Workshop, Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
Begins Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
The class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights via Zoom, 7PM ET - 9PM ET
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.
Whether you love New York or hate it, whether you live here now or lived here in another life, what are your most resonant and vital New York stories—the ones that could only happen here.
Building a world for a reader to live in is part of a well-crafted work of creative nonfiction. A sense of place can be as vibrant and resonant to an audience as a round, dynamic character. In this workshop we'll explore the New York City setting as anchor and character.
You'll generate and develop your "only in New York" stories while experimenting with length, form, and point of view. The class will focus on short readings, purpose driven prompts, sharing, and instant feedback.
We'll have a discussion with Sari Botton, writer and editor of Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York, and read short pieces by Colson Whitehead, Joan Didion, and Michael Barrish.COURSE TAKEAWAYS:
- How to mine your memory and find your stories
- Focus on setting as story anchor
- Hear other people's resonant New York stories
- Expand your world building and POV skills on the page
- Week 1: Sense of Place
- Week 2: Finding Your Stories
- Week 3: Whole World Building
- Week 4: Setting as Character
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 2024 and beyond!
"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 Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
- Class will meet weekly on Tuesday nights via Zoom, 7PM - 9PM EST
- 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.