It’s a new year, and writers are ready to do their thing … WRITE!

If you’d like some company or guidance on your writing journey, here are a few writing workshops/classes offered in January and February. All classes are online (virtual/Zoom) unless otherwise indicated. Workshops, office hours, and pop-up writing salons are added as we go, so check back often!

If you are an instructor and have a writing class you think would benefit the Writer-ish community, you can submit it here for consideration. To be notified of upcoming classes and discounts, join the Writer-ish newsletter.

Bonus Office Hours for Writer-ish Alumni!

If you're an existing Writer-ish alum (a writer who has purchased a live or recorded workshop), you're invited to bonus office hours in March and April! Bring any and all writing questions! Darien will also give a short talk on "The Multi-Genre Writer" (March) and "Getting Your Work in the World" (April). Use the sign-up links in the March and April newsletters. Not a subscriber? Sign up for updates here.

1/3 Fierce on the Page: Using Poetic Craft for Unforgettable Prose

with Sage Cohen (Craft Talks). January 3, 2024, Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST. Virtual Event. $25. Sign up here.

Word choices transform your prose from “good” to unforgettable. Learn how poetic craft principles can awaken the senses, elevate emotion, and evoke imagery that connects viscerally with your readers. Fierce writers create a direct channel to the reader’s nervous system and bloodstream. We do this by choosing the language that most powerfully propels the story on its unique trajectory.

This interactive webinar offers a series of exercises that will deepen and invigorate your range of language. You’ll gain fresh revision strategies to elevate your voice and amplify your impact. We’ll explore ten key poetry craft considerations that can enliven your prose to convey greater sensory detail and more potent imagery—so you can captivate your reader.

1/11 Critical Response Workshop

with Leah Mayers (Hive Book Arts online), Begins Thursday, January 11, 2024 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm PST. Zoom workshop. $120. Sign up here.

From idea generation to final draft, we all want to know that our work holds meaning for others. Join a small group of writers and artists to practice the connections we seek when art meets its audience.

Together we will explore several versions of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process, a maker-centered method to bring out your best work through asking questions and looking deeply at what we create.

2/8 AWP In Kansas City: won’t you celebrate with me: BIPOC Women on Crafting the Personal Narrative

In-person author panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2024 conference in Kansas City, MO. Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 8:35 am – 9:50 am PST. Register here.

Featured writers: Darien Hsu Gee, CMarie Fuhrman, Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert, Preeti Parikh, Karina Agbisit

How do we tell the stories of our lives? Five contributors from the award-winning anthology Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World, will discuss how personal narratives offer powerful testimonies as women of color owning their place in the world. The conversation will include discussions of identity, memory, otherness, ancestral heritage, place, and writing craft. Discussion and Q&A in the end.

2/8 AWP in Kansas City: Snap, Crackle, Prose: Telling Our Stories in 300 Words or Less

In-person author panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2024 conference in Kansas City, MO. Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 11:45 am – 1:00 pm PST. Register for AWP here.

Featured writers: Kalehua Kim, Samantha Chagollan, Devi Laskar, Shaina Nez, Darien Hsu Gee

Defying the notion that brevity diminishes impact, this panel celebrates the art of concise writing. Writing micro is an opportunity to cut to the chase, to distill what is most essential into a few carefully considered words, to center a single experience or thought. Defined as 300 words or less, micro essays/narratives/memoirs linger long after you’ve read them. Panelists will discuss how they’ve used micro in their work, and the publication options for micro. Discussion and Q&A at the end.

2/24 Using Micro Memoirs to Tell Your Story

with Darien Hsu Gee (UCLA extension). February 24, 2024, Saturday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST. Zoom workshop. Free, registration is required. Enrollment opens two weeks before the event. Early registration is recommended as enrollment is limited. Sign up here.

Micro memoirs (300 words or less) are growing in popularity and offer an opportunity for more, not less. You’ll learn how this short but versatile form can help you shine a light on your lived experiences, with tips on how to begin writing micro right away. You’ll learn how to incorporate your work into a full-length memoir or creative nonfiction project while studying examples from bestselling memoirists who have mastered this highly effective storytelling form. If you’ve been struggling with telling your story or are curious about new and innovative forms, this is a great time to add micro memoirs to your writer’s toolbox.

Looking for more resources? Recorded Micro Memoir workshops are available here. If you’re looking for some inspiration, you can find a new writing prompt every Monday here.