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Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo

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“Just know that everyone’s writing is terrible. Until it’s not. No one’s stuff is right immediately. You gotta work it. Refine it. Shape it. Spend time with it. It’s a relationship. Between you and what comes from you.”
―Ava DuVernay

In this newsletter:

  • 13 tips to get you ready for National Novel Writing Month.
  • View the recording of this month's reading with instructor Moriel Rothman-Zecher.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through November.
  • Join our Facebook group and share your craft with us, and find us on Instagram.

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


Starting This Week

Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind (October 26)

with Marc Olmsted | 4 Weeks | $250

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.


The Healing Power of Poetry (October 26)

with Joy Roulier Sawyer | 4 Weeks | $250

Poetry heals. Journey alongside several poets whose works resonate with a variety of healing themes, and learn how to use craft elements as healing tools.


Telling Your Food Story (October 26)

with Hannah Howard | 4 Weeks | $235

Let's write at the kitchen table together, as we explore using food as a lens to tell our stories.

Personal Essay

Graphic Novel Writing Bootcamp (October 27)

with Cristian Aluas | Single-Day Webinar | $149

Put pen to graphing paper in this workshop on crafting the graphic novel. By the end of the Zoom call, you'll have an 8 page graphic short story that's ready to illustrate.


Introduction to Writing the Lyric Essay (October 29)

with Derek JG Williams | Single-Day Webinar | $89

The lyric essay challenges us to tell authentic stories without concrete forms. Learn the ropes of the genre in this 3 hour workshop.

Personal Essay

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Recording: Moriel Rothman-Zecher Reading from "Before All the World"

View the recording of this month's reading with Moriel Rothman-Zecher here.

New Writing Tips

NaNoWriMo Tips: Preparing for National Novel Writing Month

How to write 50,000+ words in only 30 days.

Read more

Our Upcoming Courses

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November Courses

The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop (November 2)

with Joy Roulier Sawyer | 4 Weeks | $250

Have you wanted to get into poetry, but don't know where to start? Learn the craft from the Joy of poetry herself in this welcoming workshop.


Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry (November 2)

with Tina Barry | 4 Weeks | $250

No experience is too small or mundane to serve as a foundation for extraordinary poetry and short fiction.


Scene Study: Strengthen Your Writing with Compelling Scenes (November 2)

with Susan Pohlman | 5 Weeks | $275

Great stories are constructed with great scenes. Immerse your reader in your stories by learning the ropes of scene development.

Short Story

Manuscript Workshop: Writing For Young Readers (November 2)

with Denise Santomauro | 8 Weeks | $395

Author Denise Santomauro leads this intermediate/advanced workshop on writing for children. It offers support, structure and detailed feedback on manuscripts.


Make Your Prose Sing (November 2)

with Leslie Lawrence | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Enrich your prose with techniques from poetry. Bring paper and pens; leave with a better ear and lots of ideas about how to make your prose sing.


Comics for People Who Can’t Draw! (November 7)

with Aubrey Hirsch | Single-Day Webinar | $89

Comic strip artists rely much more on creativity than on artistic skill. In this workshop, you'll learn all the tools you need to make fun and engaging comic strips—even if your drawing level is "stick figures."

Lifestyle and Wellness

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem (November 9)

with Barbara Henning | 10 Weeks | $460

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.


How to Craft a Poem (November 9)

with Zining Mok | 6 Weeks | $330

A poem has many moving parts, from sound and rhythm to form, voice, and figurative language. Weave these elements into richer, fuller poetry.


Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts (November 9)

with Jennifer Billock | 8 Weeks | $395

Do you love cookbooks, cooking, or reading anything about food? This course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.

Personal Essay

Writing with Consistency and Courage (November 12)

with Tamara Dean | Single-Day Webinar | $89

What makes a successful writer? It's not talent, craft, or even the right connections—it's consistency and courage.

Lifestyle and Wellness

Getting Started Marketing Your Work (November 16)

with Gloria Kempton | 4 Weeks | $235

Solve the mystery of marketing and get your work out there in front of readers in this 4-week online class taught by Instructor Gloria Kempton.

Lifestyle and Wellness

Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life (November 30)

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.


The Wandering Heart: Tales of Connection (November 30)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

Wander through the rooms of your own life to discover stories of deep connection, reconnection or loss of connection and fashion your findings into stories suitable for blog posts, essays, short memoirs, short plays, scenes in screenplays, or chapters of novels.


Accessing Your Writer’s Voice (November 30)

with Gloria Kempton | 3 Weeks | $195

Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.

Lifestyle and Wellness

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