Guest Teacher Workshops!

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Editor’s Toolkit: Risking Real Emotion
with Elizabeth Ferris

Saturday, March 31, 1:30-4:30 pm
$60
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“If something inside of you is real, we will probably find it interesting, and it will probably be universal. So you must risk placing real emotion at the center of your work. Write straight into the emotional center of things.” - Anne Lamott

Emotions are the beating heart of our writing. They’re what makes the writing process so rewarding and what connects readers to our work. And yet getting authentic emotions down on the page can sometimes feel like trying to hold water in your hand: we hide, we obfuscate, we resort to cliche. In this one-day workshop we’ll practice looking emotions straight in the eye, and on the page, as we ‘risk placing real emotion at the center of our work.’

Topics for “Editor’s Toolkit” are pulled from the most frequent themes and techniques Elizabeth uses while editing. Classes involve close-readings of published works, group discussion, and—of course—writing! Designed for curious writers of all experience levels. 

 

Writing the Body: Using the Five Senses to Tell Richer Stories
with Elizabeth Ferris

Saturday, May 19
10am-1pm
$60
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From the smell of your grandfather’s aftershave, to the particular lilt of your first love’s voice, small sensory details have the power to create big emotional impact. In this three-hour workshop we’ll explore ways to use the five senses to create richer scenes and build more meaningful connections with our audiences. Using class discussion, guided writing exercises, and close-readings of book excerpts and essays, we’ll practice tapping into our sensory tool-kit to craft engaging stories that connect body and mind.

*Students who have taken 'Writing the Body' before are welcome to attend again. The workshop will include a mix of old and new reading material. 

Editor’s Toolkit: Building Intimacy In Creative Nonfiction
with Elizabeth Ferris

Saturday, June 23
10am-1pm
$60
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What makes us feel attached to certain characters in essay and memoir? Why do we root for an author even when they show us their dark side? And how do we bring more of that magic into our own work? In this three-hour workshop we will use class discussion, guided writing exercises, and close-readings of book excerpts and essays to explore techniques for building intimacy with our audiences. Writers will come away with new methods to connect with readers and craft authentically vulnerable stories. 

 

 

Teacher Bios

 

Elizabeth Ferris has an knack for rearrangement—whether scenes, words, or her own sock drawer. As a professional editor, she helps guide writers to the other side of “writer’s doubt” to create stories that are the best manifestation of the wild and singular storyteller within. Her editing philosophy is based on the belief that the key to taking your writing deeper is understanding your voice and your strengths, not focusing on what you perceive is holding you back. She holds a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and has edited for writers of all backgrounds and publication goals. Visit her online at elizabethferris.com

Sarah McCall is a poet and teacher and seeker. During the last few years she has spent time teaching English, leading writing classes on contemporary poetry, facilitating yoga workshops, tending bar, volunteering and serving, reading as much and as often as possible, and pretty much anything else that involves whole-hearted expression in the body, mind, and voice. She holds an MFA in poetry from Old Dominion University and lives in Richmond, Virginia, with her husband and two dogs. Find her writing at: https://www.sarahmccall.net/