The Magical Craft of Creative Nonfiction

By Writing with Janisse (other events)

Mon, Oct 10 2022 7:00 PM EST Mon, Dec 19 2022 7:00 PM EST

This writing course is virtual. We will meet via Zoom over the course of 12 weeks, bi-weekly, Oct. 10 through Dec. 19, six Monday evenings from 7-9 pm Eastern Time. Meeting dates are Oct. 10, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, Nov. 21, Dec. 5, and Dec. 19. This schedule gives you a longer time to commit to your writing, an extended period of time with me, more days to read and write between classes, and a larger container to create transformation.

You will learn the essential secrets to writing creative nonfiction--memoir and essay.

When I was a young writer, I thought I could teach myself what I needed to know. I thought that if I read enough Welty and O'Connor and Hurston, I could figure it all out. Unfortunately, I lost years. Finally I began to study with great writers, and I realized what a mistake I had made. I could be moved by what other writers were doing, but I couldn't understand on my own how they were moving me. Finally I learned things that I could have never untangled on my own.

We'll dive deep into craft and structure, including one one crazily effective and never-before-published schema for the narrative essay.

However, what I've learned after publishing a dozen books is you need more than craft to be a great writer. You need magic. There's no other word for it.

And I know where you find magic.

In this time together we’ll peer into the deep sources of our power, discover how to tap that power, and learn how to transfer it to the page. We will be wilding our stories and wilding ourselves. We'll be calling on our ancestors to help us.

This course can transform your life. It can give you the tools you haven't been able to figure out for yourself to make a story fly. It can set your writing on fire and make you want to sit down and nail your shoes to the floor under your writing desk.

The class includes

* six exciting evenings where I pour my heart and soul into your heart and soul.

* my honest, authentic belief in you.

* a chance to share your stories in a safe space.

* pages and pages of important, useful handouts in pdf form.

* a private, half-hour Zoom session with me where you get to envision the Life You Dream or lob your writing questions at me.

* my edits on up to 12 DS pages of your work. 

* a $20 off coupon for any other workshop I teach that you wish to take.

* & of course a receipt to file with your taxes.