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“One of my secret instructions to myself as a poet is: ‘Whatever you do, don’t be boring.’”
―Anne Sexton

In this newsletter:

  • All about wordplay, with 10 fun devices to incorporate in your work.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through May.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.
  • Good news from an instructor.
  • Enjoy instructor Zining Mok's lovely poetry reading from last Friday.

I hope you and yours are happy, healthy, and well.


Starting This Week

Find Your Brave: Publishing As An Act Of Courage (April 27)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

In this fun, transformative four-week program, get tips and techniques to bring out your courage to publish a story in print or online.

Writing for Children: Create A Picture Book! (April 27)

with Kelly Bingham | 6 Weeks | $330

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism (April 27)

with Wendy Call | 10 Weeks | $460

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

Browse full course calendar

New Writing Tips

How to Write Wordplay

Experimenting with language, using devices like kennings and spoonerisms.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Lyzette Wanzer, whose forthcoming memoir Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative was listed as a Top-Shelf Pick by Independent Publishers Group (IPG). Lyzette's manuscript will receive additional marketing efforts and high-profile magazine features as it approaches publication in the fall.

Our Upcoming Courses

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May Courses

Honor Your Journey: Therapeutic Writing Group for Caregivers (May 4) NEW!

with Susannah Simpson | 6 Weeks | $330

If you're a caregiver, public servant, or medical professional, this 6 week journaling course is designed to affirm your place in the world, creating a space for hope, gratitude, and meditation.

Get Your Book Done Intensive! 4 Weeks to Measurable Progress (May 4)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 weeks | $285

The holiday season is the best time to get the ball rolling on your book. Join us if you really want to get your book into the world.

The Hero’s Journey For Storytellers (May 4)

with Gloria Kempton | 10 Weeks | $460

Structure your story and give it meaning with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

Fundamentals of Travel Writing (May 11)

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!

The Chronology of Mind: From Journal to Poem or Prose (May 11)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life (May 18)

with Rosemary Tantra Bensko | 8 Weeks | $395

Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and organized, fresh and moving, full of life.

Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay (May 18)

with Gretchen Clark | 10 Weeks | $460

Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.

(Live Workshop) Starting Off Right: How To Build A Blog, Grow An Audience & Make Money (May 19)

with Jessica Festa | Single-Day Webinar | $89

When planned right, a blog allows you to share your passion and make money in the process. Learn how to build a blog in this one-day webinar.

Writing Place in Creative Nonfiction (May 25) NEW!

with Tess Fahlgren | 5 Weeks | $275

In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.

Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension (May 25)

with Sandra Novack | 4 Weeks | $235

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 4 week fiction course.

The Anti-Hero’s Journey for Storytellers (May 25)

with Gloria Kempton | 8 Weeks | $395

Throughout her writing career, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.

(Live Workshop) Show and Tell: How to Write Captivating Nonfiction (May 26) NEW!

with Brad Wetzler | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Your true story of healing or transformation can captivate and empower your readers. Learn how to balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes for readers to apply in their own lives.

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