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―Barbara Kingsolver

In this newsletter:

  • Our guide to parallelism: a simple stylistic device that offers loads of potential in your work.
  • Good news from an instructor.
  • Browse our updated course calendar through October.
  • 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 Circles & Exercises to Spark New Poems (Mondays and Fridays) (October 5)

with Susan Vespoli | 6 Weeks | $360

Looking for inspiration? Write, vent, laugh, and honor your writing practice in these generative writing circle workshops.


Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults (October 5)

with Kelly Bingham | 5 Weeks | $300

Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can begin the rewarding process of crafting a poetry novel for Young Adults. Is there a market for novels written in verse? Are they well received? Yes, there is, and yes, they are!


Writing Circles & Exercises to Spark New Poems (Tuesdays and Saturdays) (October 5)

with Susan Vespoli | 6 week | $360

Looking for inspiration? Write, vent, laugh, and honor your writing practice in these generative writing circle workshops.


The Hero’s Journey For Storytellers (October 5)

with Gloria Kempton | 10 Weeks | $460

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


Liars, Lovers, Criminals: Story as Character, Character as Story (October 5)

with Lisa Taylor | 6 Weeks | $330

Characters don't just drive the story, they are the story. Learn how to craft character-centered fiction and give life to the people on your page.


Deepening and Organizing Our Stories: Memoir/Creative Nonfiction and Autobiographical Fiction (October 6)

with Anya Achtenberg | 10 Weeks | $560

For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.


You Yourself Are the Beloved: Writing with South Asian Ghazals (October 8)

with Shankar Narayan | Single-Day Webinar | $129

The ghazal poem has a rich history with a tricky form to master. Learn the ropes in this inspiring and electrifying workshop.


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New Writing Tips

Writing with Parallelism

How to write sentences whose form echoes their meaning.

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Congratulations to...

Instructor Susan Vespoli, whose poem "I Want Sugar Again; Stupor" was published in The Fieldstone Review. Read Susan's poem here (page 52).

Our Upcoming Courses

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October Courses

Telling Your Food Story (October 12)

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

The Foundations of Poetry (October 12)

with Derek JG Williams | 8 weeks | $395

Discover the elements of poetic mastery: structure and form, sound and tone, image and metaphor, character and voice, and much more.


The Sixth Sense: Writing Horror with a Message (October 12)

with Giulietta Nardone | 4 Weeks | $235

Looking to write the substance of nightmares? Learn the ropes of horror writing in this spine-chilling fiction course.

Short Story

Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension (October 12)

with Sandra Novack | 5 Weeks | $275

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 5 week fiction course.


Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression (October 12)

with Rudri Patel | 8 Weeks | $395

Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.

Personal Essay

Using Your Poetry Skills to Write Memoir (October 13)

with Freesia McKee | Single-Day Webinar | $89

How do poets tell their stories in prose? Take the leap from poetry to memoir in this hybrid writing workshop.


Dread and Desire: Gothic Fiction Techniques to Lure and Horrify Your Readers (October 19)

with Briana McGuckin | 6 Weeks | $330

This Halloween, learn how to write eerie, haunting moods in this comprehensive course on Gothic writing techniques.


How to Firm Up the “Mushy Middle” of Any Story (October 19)

with Jeff Lyons | 5 Weeks | $325

Ensure a strong middle throughline for any story. Say goodbye to the "mushy middle," and hello to stories that work.


Intro to Fiction Writing (October 19)

with Donna Levin | 8 Weeks | $395

What makes a good fiction story? Learn how to write compelling stories in this eight-week intro to fiction course, with Donna Levin.

Short Story

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.


In Their Shoes: Fiction as Empathy (October 26)

with Troy Wilderson | 8 weeks | $395

Great fiction is a tool for understanding people. Foster a greater sense of empathy and supercharge your stories in this empathy-driven fiction class.

Short Story

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.


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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