Dear Writers (specifically, and friends/family of writers, too!):
If you are looking to get your pen/pencil/fingers flying as you create new work, revise existing work and respond to the strong writing of others, I invite you (or the writer in your life) to join me this fall in an all-genres workshop focused on voice.
What is voice in writing, how do when know when it’s strong, and how can we get outside our usual voice(s) and into the voices of characters and personae less (or, perhaps, more) like us? If you want to learn, explore and surprise yourself alongside a group of fellow writers who are fun, supportive and generous, my upcoming workshop may be the place for you this September-October. Want the full dish? Read on!
**Please note that I now offer a special price for past workshop participants, as well as a referral program in which both the referring student and the referred student may be eligible for discounts. See below for more info!**
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The Craft of Voice (All Genres)
8 Meetings ~ Wednesday evenings
September 5 – October 24
Voice is each writer’s particular way of intertwining language and content to create a singular expression. Our creation of authentic voices on the page requires memory, imagination, playfulness and trust in our own unique experiences of language. Join Kate Asche in an Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) generative writing workshop for all genres. Expand your craft toolbox by looking at voice in your own work and that of others. Explore writing in voices that are not “your own” and, perhaps, discover voices you never knew you had. Generate new work weekly, and (if you like) receive gentle critique on one short selection of writing. Talk casually with other writers as you connect more deeply in our writing community. Snacks and tea provided.
How Do I Reserve a Space? Email me at asche (dot) kate (at) gmail (dot) com. I will send you a brief registration form. To complete registration (and reserve your place), please return your completed registration form to me along with payment. Registrations are accepted in the order received.
Each meeting, we’ll enjoy brief discussion of that week’s reading selection, which we will have read in advance. Next, we’ll spend time writing new drafts and sharing them (if we wish), as we respond to a prompt related to that week’s discussion topic. Each meeting will close with another write, or with time spent in supportive workshop critique of one or more participant manuscript(s). This class will be facilitated in the AWA method, in which all shared writing is treated with respect and honor. The focus is on the writing itself, and the writer will learn what is strong, what is memorable, and what people admire in his/her first-draft work, as well as receive supportive feedback and strategies for continued work on the submitted manuscript. No one is required to submit a manuscript, and manuscripts will be distributed and read on the night of their discussion; manuscripts limited to one piece per person during the course (up to 5 double-spaced pages of prose/2 double-spaced pages for poem).
Class Size is Limited: This private workshop is limited to 11 participants, plus the facilitator. Writers in all genres and at all levels are invited to participate.
Time and Location: We will write together at the ThinkHouse Collective’s new location (1617 18th Street in Sacramento) on Wednesday evenings. Our social time begins at 5:45 p.m., with class beginning promptly at 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. We may go till 8:45 p.m. or even a bit later, if the class fills completely.
Workshop Cost and Payment Due Date: The cost of this workshop is $255 for returning students (if postmarked by 8/22/12). The cost is $270 for new students (if postmarked by 8/22/12) or $299 if postmarked 8/23/12 or later. (Referred by a friend? Or, recommending this class to a friend? Ask about my new referral program—you may both be eligible for discounts! Discounts cannot be combined or applied retroactively.)