Workshop Catalog

We encourage you to take a moment to look over our Digital Workshop Catalog. Each entry features a brief synoptic overview including, but not limited to: genre, time-commitment, content, materials covered (authors, names of texts), what you can expect to take-away, and so on.

FALL / WINTER 2014

Writing for the Distracted

Flash Fiction, Flush Fiction, micro, nano, tweet . . . really-really-short is coming of age. We’ll read and write at the ragged bleeding edge of the genre that is born of the cell phone epoch. It can have unanticipated, salutary effects upon one’s practice.

Freedom Versus Form

A close look, open discussion, and brisk dash into metered verse. What’s behind the persistence of poetic formalism? What’s to be gained by stuffing your thoughts through that mill? The partial answer is, “Quite a lot, really.”

Telling the Truth and Telling a Story

Creative Nonfiction (aka Memoir) requires a writer to hold him-or-herself at something much greater than arm’s length. There are some notable successes and a jillion failures. We start by defining the terms truth and story and then see why they don’t always play together nicely. Do you own a memoir or story collection you love or love to hate? Bring it in for show-and-tell.

My Body, Your Body: Embodied Language and Somatic Histories Becoming Words of Truth.

It has been said that all of our experiences are etched in our bodies, both good and bad, whether we remember them or not. Our muscles encapsulate the memory of all traumas and betrayals, large and small, that becoming human in a modern context demands.  In this workshop we will explore techniques to release our hidden histories, so that they can become powerful words on the page or the stage.

Storytelling for Social Change

Storytellers are among the first to interrupt oppression and create social changes. But how do we know if our stories are promoting positive change in the world or proliferating more of the same? In this workshop we will examine our habits of thought with a cultural, gender, and ecological lens. What do those clichés and metaphors that repeatedly surface in our writing (and have become so commonplace we don’t even notice them) say about our worldview? What role does language play in shaping cultural responses to the nonhuman world and how does examining this role make us more responsive and global writers.

Publishing for Writers

They’ve accepted my book, now what? A nuts and bolts overview of what publishers do so that you can better understand what happens to your writing in its journey to becoming a book .

The Soul of the Writer- Writing as an Act of Kindness

In this workshop we will give ourselves permission to explore the kinder side of writing. We will create a space where the blank page is sacred and safe for both the reader and writer.  When we tap into this often overlooked function of our art, we can discover the hidden sources that rise from beneath our words. Why do we write? What values are embedded in the structure of our work? How do we move fluently from the spontaneousness act of creation to the sometimes brutal work of editing with a sense of joy?

Participants should be prepared to be honest, get messy, and make peace with our work and ourselves. Some movement and sitting on the floor may be involved, but sitting at a desk will also be fine for those with physical impairments.

My Body, Your Body: Embodied Language and Somatic Histories Becoming Words of Truth.

It has been said that all of our experiences are etched in our bodies, both good and bad, whether we remember them or not. Our muscles encapsulate the memory of all traumas and betrayals, large and small, that becoming human in a modern context demands.  In this workshop we will explore techniques to release our hidden histories, so that they can become powerful words on the page or the stage.

Publishing for Writers

They’ve accepted my book, now what? A nuts and bolts overview of what publishers do so that you can better understand what happens to your writing in its journey to becoming a book .

The Soul of the Writer- Writing as an Act of Kindness

In this workshop we will give ourselves permission to explore the kinder side of writing. We will create a space where the blank page is sacred and safe for both the reader and writer.  When we tap into this often overlooked function of our art, we can discover the hidden sources that rise from beneath our words. Why do we write? What values are embedded in the structure of our work? How do we move fluently from the spontaneous act of creation to the sometimes brutal work of editing with a sense of joy?

Participants should be prepared to be honest, get messy, and make peace with our work and ourselves. Some movement and sitting on the floor may be involved, but sitting at a desk will also be fine for those with physical impairments.

Basic Elements of fiction

In this workshop we will focus on six of the basic elements of fiction; character, plot, point of view, setting, style, and theme . We will be writing to prompts, reading selections of author works and discussing ways in which the basic elements have and can be expressed.

Point of View in story – the deeper story

First person, second person, third person omnipotent; how does the point of view change the story? In this workshop we will write from different points of view, read passages of published author’s works and discuss how point of view can shift, what being inside a character’s head does for the reader and how to keep your work from becoming scattered and diffuse.

The Universal vs. the Personal

What makes a story? What makes your personal intimate experiences appeal to anyone else? What techniques can the writer use to engage the reader – help them find a way in. What makes us care about characters?

The difference between Memoir and Biography

In this workshop we will focus mainly on memoir. This is a prerequisite workshop for any attendee who intends on writing a memoir  and would be a great introduction to writing personal essay and developing the art of including yourself in the writing.


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