I am teaching a workshop with Shawna Kenney. We’re going to teach you how to use experiences from your own life to write memoir, fiction & features.
Write your truth. Tell your stories. Make a commitment to yourself. Wherever you’re from, whatever you’ve survived, however you live—it’s all fodder for your work. Your unique experiences are vital to creating and critiquing. This multi-genre workshop is designed to serve as a tool for self-discovery and story excavation under the guidance of two professional writers in a focused, supportive environment.
Generate dynamic new material through exercises and peer review; revive dormant work using elements of craft, community and critique. By the end of the course, writers should be comfortable sharing their writing and offering constructive criticism. Participants will possess at least one polished piece ready-for-publication, with rough drafts for many more. We will teach you how to prepare pieces for publication, write pitches, and submit pieces for both fiction and nonfiction publications.
April 1st – May 6th
6:30 – 8:30 pm
815 36th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
Limited enrollment (10 writers, maximum)
Contact us with questions or a letter of intent to reserve a space: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fee: $300, payable by check, money order, or Paypal
Waiting list will be maintained for next workshop.
About the Instructors:
Shawna Kenney is the author of Imposters and the memoir, I Was a Teenage Dominatrix, which earned a Firecracker Alternative Book award, international translation and a film development deal. Her work has appeared in Swindle, Juxtapoz, Transworld Skateboarding, the Florida Review and LA Weekly, among others. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches online for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Cara Bruce is the editor of Viscera and the author of two books in The First Year health series. Her short fiction has appeared in many anthologies including Pills, Thrills, Chills & Heartbreak, Best American Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Necrologue, Noirotica, Shameless and many more. She has written for The San Francisco Bay Guardian, While You Were Sleeping, GettingIt.com, Playgirl, Salon.com, the McClathy-Tribune, and more. She is currently writing a novel.
Workshopping your writing can help you to become a better writer. You don’t necessarily need teachers or editors. You don’t need prescriptive advice about what changes to make in your piece. You need what a book called Writing Without Teachers calls “movies of people’s minds while they read your words.” What you write may be rough, and it may be in the beginning stages, but it can only be improved if you learn how people perceive your words.