Writing The Hard Stuff: a Craft Intensive Zoom Seminar, February 13th, 2023
Monday, February 13th, 2023
Class will meet on 2/13 via Zoom, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM 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.
Writing is hard. Personally, I don't always feel better when I write, but I feel worse when I know I need to pull up to the page and I talk myself out of it / clean my apartment / organize my folders / rearrange my bookshelves / make 10 new playlists... You get it.
In this intensive we'll talk about how to confront the hard stuff without torturing ourselves. Whether we're writing about straight up trauma or just trying to put into words what's most difficult to say, we'll consider various strategies for finding our way through it.
What are the stories we've tucked away? What needs to come out? How do we even know if we're ready? Must we trigger ourselves? Where and when do you proceed with a light touch or bulldoze your way through? What level of safety do you need? What are the risks worth taking? How do we avoid victim overload in our narrative?
We'll also discuss humor in darkness. Does it have a place? How do we incorporate levity into painful stories without forcing the funny? We'll dig into it all and we'll hold space for one another. We got this.
TAKE THIS CLASS IF:
- You're looking for encouragement and strength to bring your true-self to the page.
- 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.
"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
Monday, February 13th, 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.