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Writing Our Way Into Story: A 4-Week Generative Workshop, Starts Wednesday, July 10th, 2024
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$325.00

Writing Our Way Into Story: A 4-Week Generative Workshop, Starts Wednesday, July 10th, 2024


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Starts Wednesday, July 10th, 2024

Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays, 6:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern

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

Taught by Blaise Allysen Kearsley, a Black-biracial creative nonfiction writer, instructor, editor, and multi-genre coach. Her writing has appeared in Longreads, Catapult, Memoir Land, The Boston Globe Book Review, Oldster, VICE, Yellow Arrow, and in four anthologies, including Mortified: Real People. Real Stories. Real Pathetic., and Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World. She is a graduate of Bennington College, a former artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, a current contributing editor for Vestal Review, and the producer of How I Learned, a live series in New York that ran hot from 2009 - COVID.

This is an opportunity to focus on writing in real time, and in community, using prompts and exercises that will challenge you to explore your voice, your ideas, and your practice in rewarding ways.

Whether you've been writing since forever or just ten minutes ago or haven't written a page in twenty years, this exploratory workshop will find you conjuring fresh ideas, planting seeds of stories you didn't even know you had, or writing your way into work that's got you stumped.

You can move in and out of any genre using probing and sometimes playful prompts while gaining new creative writing approaches to put in your pocket. Grab and guard this time. Elevate your practice. Get writing, keep writing. 

Some short prompt-related excerpts will be read in class.

COURSE OUTLINE: 

Week 1 - Freedom Writing + Intuition
Week 2 - Memory + Imagination
Week 3 - Observation
Week 4 - Form, Function + Meaning 

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

  • Generate a ton of material;
  • Find seeds for new stories;
  • Address writer’s block and challenges in works in progress;
  • Be held accountable;
  • Feed off of the creative energy in the (Zoom) room;
  • Collect writing prompts you can use and modify again and again;
  • Sharpen the tool of your art and your craft.

TESTIMONIALS:

"Blaise's class made me a stronger writer. It was the hardest workshop I've ever done, but also one of the most important." — former student

"I've taken several workshops over the years, all over the country, and this was by far the best. Blaise is a goddamn treasure." — former student

"Blaise was really able to build a community on Zoom. This is an incredibly difficult thing to do, and she made it seem so easy." — former student

"I love that the readings center BIPOC, women, and LGBTQ voices. That has been an important and edifying element." —former student

"I genuinely looked forward to each week. The advice you gave sent me back out into the world with confidence and purpose." — former student

"You treat every question with such a genuine desire to give the best possible answer. For someone like me, that means the world."— former student

"Thank you for creating this generous space for us to try new things and be vulnerable, for the insightful feedback, and for leading us through the last 8 weeks. I'm really grateful." — former student

"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." -former student

"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." -former student

"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." -former student

"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." -former student

"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." -former student

"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." -former student

"Blaise believed in me and my writing and showed me how I, too, can  believe in myself and my writing. The level of care she provides for her  students is unparalleled." — former student  

"I feel so inspired, enriched, encouraged, and empowered in my writing  practice. I've been sitting at my desk since we all logged off just  feeling how full of gratitude my heart is—for you, the workshop, and the  entire group." — former student  

"What Blaise does is so specific and special. You can't find it in other  workshops."— former student  

"This class has been water in the desert for me."— former student  

"Taking your class on literary nonfiction and receiving your feedback  provided value beyond what I could have imagined. See? You can teach an  old writer new tricks."— former student  

"Right after the first class I started paying closer attention to how  writers had created characters and how their desires moved stories  forward in shows I was watching and novels I was reading. It made me  more mindful of the intentionality behind works I like, which will  crystalize even more when I write. The writing samples were all new to  me and amazing. I’ve reordered my reading list accordingly. I didn’t  think I would like the in-class writing exercises but I did. I really  liked the time constraints and how they forced me to write from the  gut." — former student  

"The advice you gave sent me back out into the world with confidence  and purpose." — former student  

"I want to thank you for not only helping me improve my writing but for  the confidence and practical knowledge I got from your classes to  polish and submit my work. Your feedback and mentorship have meant so  much to me." — former student  

"You treat every question with such a genuine desire to give the best  possible answer. For someone like me, that means the world." — former student

"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." — former student

ONLINE COURSE STRUCTURE:

Starts Wednesday, July 10th, 2024. Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays, 6:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern. Come prepared for a super fun class with live interaction on Zoom each week and plenty of writing, reading, and talking!

PAYMENT OPTIONS:
Tuition is $325. 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
  • Starts Wednesday, July 10th, 2024
  • Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays, 6:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern
  • Tuition is $325.