WRITING

Mothers Who Write

7-9PM (10PM-midnight) THURSDAYS
10 SESSIONS: SEPTEMBER 23 AND 30 | OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, AND 28 | NOVEMBER 4, 11, AND 18 | DECEMBER 2

Amy Silverman & Deborah Sussman

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a virtual edition of their long-running workshop. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable -- and physically distanced -- setting in which to workshop your writing.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Writing Across Difference : Ethics and Best Practices

10AM – 1PM (1-4PM ET) SATURDAY
1 SESSION: SEPTEMBER 25

Susan Southard

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Writers—and aspiring writers—can choose any story, character, or historical era to explore in their work. There are, however, particular challenges and ethical considerations when we write across differences of race, gender, language, culture, and history, particularly when we strive for authenticity in voice and content. In this interactive seminar, which will include a short break and smaller group discussions, we will explore these challenges and discuss best research and writing practices that will build help you build credibility, access, and trust with both the subjects of your writing and your readers. Open to both nonfiction and fiction writers.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Writing a Pandemic: Rage and Beauty in Writing"

6:30-8PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY
1 SESSION: SEPTEMBER 27

Ellie Hutchison

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

This month, instructor Ellie Hutchison discusses "Writing a Pandemic: Rage and Beauty in Writing."

How do we write about our experiences living through and now post- pandemic life, when the world seems to both move so quickly and stand still at the same time? For this workshop, we will gather to explore both rage and beauty in the time of Pandemic life through personal essays. We encourage you to explore and experience the range of feelings that coursed through our bodies in the past 18-months as we begin things anew. We’ll write about memories, mortality, beauty, and grief. We’ll read brief excerpts from other personal essays as well as trauma and healing resources to inspire our own sharing and writing. Our goal will be to help each other find our voices and discover comfort when we delve into rage and beauty.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Please note: By registering for this workshop, you consent to being contacted via email by our Write Here, Write Now partner for a post-event survey.

Location: Online

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Cultivating a Quiet Mind and Open Heart

6-7PM WEDNESDAYS
4 SESSIONS: OCTOBER 6, 13, 20, AND 27

Jeff Andelora

This workshop is for those who want to develop (or strengthen) a practice that provides a reprieve from the incessant noise of modern life. Participants will be led through guided meditations and reflective writing prompts to access their innate peace and wisdom. Please bring a notebook or journal for writing. No experience is required.

Location: Phoenix

The Story You Need to Tell – Writing and Resilience

10AM-12PM (1-3PM ET) THURSDAYS
6 SESSIONS: OCTOBER 14, 21, 28 | NOVEMBER 4, 11, 18

Sandra Marinella

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

From the host: “Your story matters. This workshop will explore the power of our personal stories and personal writing.  In these six sessions we will embark on finding, writing, and sharing our stories while learning writing practices that lead us to personal resilience and renewal—especially helpful now! We will hone our unique voice, learn to reframe our stories, and explore how to bring positive insights to our work. There will be prompts to inspire your writing as well as opportunities to share your work in an accepting environment. This workshop will engage writers of all levels, novice to advanced. Join us to write the stories you need to tell. Join us to silence the voice of your inner critic. Join us for inspiration and connection. Enrollment is limited."

Materials for the class: Please bring a pen and a journal/notebook/computer to write on. Many of the activities come from The Story You Need to Tell. If you have a copy, please bring it as well, but it is not required. If you don’t have a copy of Sandra's book The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss, please consider purchasing a copy here.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

Time Travel Through Historic Newspapers

7-8:30PM (10-11:30PM ET) TUESDAY
1 SESSION: OCTOBER 19

Sativa Peterson

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Want to know what was happening where you live a hundred years ago? Are you interested in researching a character for your historical fiction project? Or memoir? Or do you just want to look at old headlines to gain fresh perspectives on news and events of today? Historic newspapers can transport you to another time. In this class you’ll look at engaging headlines, editorials, political cartoons and more using journalism as a lens to reflect on the human experience. Sativa will share search tips so you can discover old newspapers available online to uncover family history, community history or other research and she’ll send you off with tips and tricks to continue the exploration on your own.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Writing Through History

10AM-12PM (1-3PM ET) SATURDAY
4 SESSIONS: OCTOBER 16, 23, 30 | NOVEMBER 6

Sheila Wilensky

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Ever wondered what it would be like to live at different times in American History? This four-part workshop will encourage you to imagine other lives/other times. All storytellers/writers, U.S. history enthusiasts, questioners, and critics -- from adolescents to elders – are welcome to participate. Writing in response to creative prompts unlocks your thoughts, as does reading your writing aloud, often surprising yourself!. Each session will include a short introduction, designated writing time, and an opportunity to read your writing to the group.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.

Location: Online