Cindy Cunningham holds a BA in Psychology (with a minor in Women's Studies) from Wake Forest University, an MFA in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in Literature from Georgia State University. She teaches Creative Writing, Composition, and Literature courses online and at the Appomattox Regional Governor's School for Arts and Technology (ARGS) in Petersburg, VA where she has served as Director of Literary Arts since 2002.
After taking numerous L10 classes and engaging in a Women’s Writing Retreat with Valley Haggard, Cindy realized that she had the beginnings of a memoir. This cemented her faith in writing via 10 minute increments. The memoir is now in its first manuscript draft.
She thrills in hearing stories from all sorts of voices and has a special skill in finding kernels of truth within each person’s words. The Life in 10 writing space is sacred ground, a place where all are welcomed, a place where anything might happen.
Cindy writes memoir, essays, and poetry. She has published in small journals, the Nine Lives: A Life in 10 Minutes Anthology, the Life in 10 website, and has a poetry chapbook through Finishing Line Press entitled Bittersweet Swallows. She has taught writing workshops for over two decades. You can find her on twitter @MusingsofDrC or on Facebook a www.facebook.com/cunninghamsarmy.
Workshops + Series
9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8 & 10/15
Have you never written a word of “creative” writing, but you know you have a story (or two or three or a hundred) to tell and don’t know where to begin? Do you want to reclaim a writing life you once had? Does your writing practice fall somewhere in between professional and nonexistent? Join me for a six week series of reading, writing, and sharing work out loud. The method of Life in Ten Minutes creates nearly magical moments of generative writing within a supportive and inspiring community. Please bring a journal and pen or pencil; we write by hand. Coffee and tea provided!
About the Teacher
September 28th, 1pm-4pm
Writing can help us make sense of painful, seemingly nonsensical moments. These moments of trauma may stem from loss of a loved one, loss of innocence, addiction, accidents, etc. Putting words on a page allows us to make some sense of these events, but how do we approach those dark moments without retraumatizing ourselves? In addition, how do we write about traumatic events in such a way that the writing holds a greater meaning? What lesson might it impart? Why do these stories matter?
This class is open to all experience levels and will involve a combination of readings, discussion, and writing. You will leave the workshop with some articles and information on how to write about your experience.
About the Teacher
“Cindy has both a sweet and supportive teaching style and a raw, brave way of writing her heart out. It’s been a pleasure and honor to take her class!”
— NADIA BUKACH