January 2023 writing workshops

I’m teaching two Writespace Houston workshops in January. These are both on Zoom, so anyone anywhere with an internet connection can participate. Writespace also offers scholarships; apply here! All levels of writers, from beginners to long-time writers, are welcome at these workshops.

Renew Your Love for Writing
This gentle, restorative workshop will use writing exercises and prompts to help you re-center and think about what you want to work on.
Date: Sat, January 14, 2023, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Location: Online
Price: Early bird price: $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers. The deadline for early bird pricing is Sunday, January 8. After Sunday, January 8: $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
REGISTER HERE

It’s a brand-new year, full of phrases and lines and descriptions yet to be written! Come join me in inking—or pixeling—some of the first words of your writing year. This gentle, restorative workshop will use writing exercises and prompts to help you re-center and think about what you want to work on in your writing. All genres are welcome—from non-fiction, to poetry, to speculative fiction, to memoir—or explore a different genre in each prompt! Over the course of this three-hour workshop, we’ll talk about where our writing is and where we want it to go, what our writing dreams are, and what it means to practice writing. We’ll use several ideas for writing exercises from Natalie Goldberg’s classic Writing Down the Bones to get reaccustomed to writing without self-censoring, to encourage writing with intent, and to have fun writing playfully. We’ll share our in-workshop writing and talk about presenting new work with confidence. Writers can be of any experience level; feel free to bring works already in progress or simply come ready to renew your love of writing in a supportive, affirmative environment where all creativity is valued and celebrated.

Poetry in the Palm of Your Hand: A Poetry Practice for 2023
Discover the joys of writing short poems in this one-day workshop.
Date and time: Sat, January 28, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM CST
Location: Online
Price: Early bird price: $45 for members, $60 for nonmembers. The deadline for early bird pricing is Sunday, January 22. After Sunday, January 22: $55 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Become a member here. Apply for a scholarship here.
REGISTER HERE

Poetry doesn’t need to be long to be profound or funny or beautiful. Discover the joys of writing short poems in this one-day workshop. We’ll talk about using limited forms like haiku to help us be more creative, and how to create an entire scene or mood in just one short stanza. We’ll find inspiration in everyday objects, tell stories in short works, and explore rhyme, meter, and free verse. Writers of all levels are welcome.

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