I have found that creating a body of work takes time, commitment, and, well, work. I need to show up to the page day after day and also to take part in conversations with other writers – to talk shop, as it were.
I’m taking the Summer off but will be leading two workshops in the Fall. Registration isn’t open yet for either, but you can mark your calendars!
Writing About Politics
Grub Street in Boston, MA
Saturday, Sept 10 — 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Are you feeling moved to grapple with the current moment in your writing? Are you concerned that if you tackle political topics in your work, the art will suffer? Whether you have been focusing on politics for some time or are new to considering it for your literary writing, this workshop can help you find interesting entry points for your work. We will read and discuss pertinent passages in a variety of literary genres and write in response. Some of the writers who will guide us include Claudia Rankine, Gloria Anzaldúa, Teju Cole, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Barbara Kingsolver, and others. You will come away with strategies for developing new or existing work as well as a number of new drafts. The exercises can be responded to in fiction, creative non-fiction, poem, essay, or hybrid form.
The Arts Center in Troy, NY
Thursdays, Oct 12 to Dec 7 — 6:00 to 8:00 PM [No class Nov 23]
Writing well takes practice. This class will focus on supporting an ongoing creative writing practice with prompts, discussion, writing time, and workshopping opportunities. Whether you are a beginner or have been at this a while, this class can support your work. Creative nonfiction, short stories, poems, book chapters, and genre bending writing are all welcome and encouraged.
Meantime, I have room for one new client this Summer. More about that here.