Writing Through Grief 3-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Monday, November 27th, 2023
Begins Monday, November 27th, 2023
Class will meet on Monday nights via Zoom, 3:00-4:30PM PST /6:00-7:30PM EST
Open to All writers!
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Led by Katie Reilly, a freelance journalist and attorney based in the Bay Area in California. Katie's writing generally focuses on women's health, mental health and parenting. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, USA Today and HuffPost, among other publications.
Get to know Katie in our Meet the Teaching Artist series.
Grief refers to all the losses that impact someone, which may include the death of a loved one or a pet, or a symbolic loss, like the end of a relationship or a friendship ending. These losses can leave us with a wide range of emotions from anger to sadness to sometimes even relief.
In my experience, writing helps to work through some of these often painful and conflicting emotions. Throughout the course, we will examine articles written on grief by other authors to explore different formats and approaches. We will brainstorm ideas for topics for your essay as a group, and I will also provide personalized feedback.
Students can expect assigned weekly readings from a range of authors, weekly discussions and a supportive group to discuss issues that are coming up for you in the writing process.
We will also discuss how to get your story published, focusing on how to write and pitch to various publications. Throughout the course, each student will work on their own non-fiction grief essay (up to 2000) words, which will be submitted in the last class. I will provide individualized feedback on each essay as well as each student’s corresponding pitch.
We'll read pieces by Cheryl Strayed, Michelle Zauner, Ariel Levy, Paul Kalanithi, and Nora Mcinery, among others.COURSE TAKEAWAYS:
- Analyze other grief essays and learn the different types of essays that can be written about grief.
- Learn how to write and pitch your idea to various publications.
- Constructive feedback from me and your classmates on your essay idea.
- Edits from me on one draft (up to 2000 words) and a corresponding pitch.
- Put your feelings of grief on paper and create a beautiful essay
“Katie C. Reilly's writing distills the beauty, fragility, difficulty and wonder of what it means to be alive at this moment in history into clear-eyed, evocative and poignant essays. She tells personal stories that simultaneously feel both intimate and universal and thereby offer the rare gift of allowing the reader to learn about themselves while learning about her.”
-Noah Michelson Editorial Director at HuffPost
“Katie deftly wove together her personal family history with ALS with that of another woman experiencing a similar diagnosis. She seamlessly alternated between her own story and the other woman’s, while incorporating statistics and important context for readers, resulting in a well-crafted, cohesive, and satisfying read. I admire Katie’s ability to mine such a deeply personal story in her professional writing. Readers will surely benefit from and relate to her important work.”
-Kayla Adler Deputy Editor at Elle Magazine
“Katie Reilly has that elusive ability to write about the particulars of her own life in ways that feel universal. Her generosity and openness, combined with journalistic skill, is something all editors wish for in a writer. The idea of Katie passing this rare skill down makes me very happy!”
Meaghan O’Connell Features editor at Romper
“Katie Reilly has a generous approach to editing, always searching for ways to strengthen the writer’s voice and the reader’s experience. She has a keen eye for finding the sweet spot where personal essay and research intersect—a skill that makes a writer’s work stand out. As an editor, Katie offers valuable feedback rich with specificity and direction. She is not one to waste words or time and approaches a story with intention, pushing other writers to get to the heartbeat of their story.”
-Jessica Ciencin Henriquez writer and author of the forthcoming memoir IF YOU LOVED ME YOU WOULD KNOW
“Katie asks thoughtful probative questions and provides honest feedback that helps me to effectively focus my writing. She recommends additional nonfiction readings that inspire deeper connections in my own work. Most importantly, as an effective listener she creates a safe writing community that encourages sharing, risk taking and is fun!”
-Tara Van de Mark Writer & editor
"Katie Reilly was a wonderful teacher. She was so responsive to emails and student questions and her feedback on essays was masterful and so specific. I could tell that she really cared about each writer's journey and was committed to helping each student writer be better. She really took time to go above and beyond!"
- Former Student
"This class was perfect for me and exceeded my expectations. The readings helped with identifying craft elements that I could use in my writing. The Zoom discussions helped me hear others express opinions and insights about the readings. I identified a few people to share more of writing beyond what we did in the sessions. Katie’s feedback was exceptional and detailed. The two guest speakers changed my approach to publishing my work. I felt energized during the course. Loved the readings, feedback, guest speakers, and discussions with talented participants and Katie." -Dan F.
"This was a great class! The overall structure of the class was set up to encourage, support, and provide opportunities to connect with editors and continue learning after the class was over. Thank you!" -Maureen C.
"This is a class I needed. I found the discussions, editor availability, and submission info most valuable. Katie was very friendly, open, and responsive to questions. Appreciated her critiques as well!" Mary M.
"Katie is a very organized, compassionate, wonderful teacher." -Former Student
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: Katie Reilly
- Starts Monday, November 27th, 2023
- Class will meet on Monday nights via Zoom, 3:00-4:30PM PST /6:00-7:30PM EST
- Course is fully ONLINE and will meet via Wet Ink and One-on-One meetings.