If you’d like some company or guidance on your writing journey, here are a few writing workshops/classes offered in July and August. All classes are online (virtual) unless otherwise indicated.

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7/5: Personal Essay I (UCLA Ext)

with Darien Hsu Gee (UCLA Extension), July 5-September 12. $720. Sign up here.

"Personal Essay" is a broad term that encompasses essays, opinion pieces, and mini-memoirs—but which always details the writer's journey through a specific experience. This workshop teaches aspiring personal essayists how to be a compelling first-person narrator and employ craft elements such as theme, character development, voice, pacing, scene-setting, and exposition to tell their stories. The goal is to complete at least one personal essay (600-2,500 words) and develop material for future essays.

7/16: “The Kitchen Table” (Micro Memoir Workshop)

with Darien Hsu Gee (writer-ish.com online), July 16, 2023, Sunday, from 1:00-2:30 pm PST. $49. Sign up here.

Food is deeply woven into our past, particularly when we gather around the kitchen table. Kitchen tables hold memories of where we were, who we shared meals with, and what we ate. But what do we remember, and what might we have missed? We’ll look at the intersection of consumption, craving, and connection, and how it shapes who we are today.

8/8: “I Ate That: Food as Personal History” (Hugo House)

with Darien Hsu Gee (Hugo House online), August 8-August 29, 5-7 pm PT. $240. Sign up here.

This generative workshop explores the food of our lives as a way of mapping our personal history. We'll write about childhood cravings, fad diets, comfort foods, overpriced groceries, tantalizing take-out, exhilarating exotica, and more through a series of micro narratives (300 words or less) and prose poems. You'll finish the workshop with several short pieces, plus an appetite for more.

8/16: “The Magic of Micro Prose: Find Your Story in 300 Words or Less” (Craft Talks)

with Darien Hsu Gee (craft-talks.com), August 16, 2023, Wednesday, from 11:00-12:15 pm PST (2:00-3:15 pm EST). $15 early bird. Sign up here.

Unlock your storytelling potential and share your words with captivating brevity.

Micro prose–stories told in 300 words or less–provides an opportunity for more, not less. Learn how this short but versatile form can amplify your creative nonfiction work (memoir, personal essay), even poetry and fiction. We’ll look at examples of micro in the world, how you can begin writing micro right away, and submission opportunities as you ready your work for the world. 

If you’ve ever been curious about micro, now’s a great time to add this powerful form to your writer’s toolbox.

8/20: “The Micro Prose Submission Workshop” (Micro Memoir Workshop)

with Darien Hsu Gee (writer-ish.com online), August 20, 2023, Sunday, from 1:00-2:30 pm PST. $49. Sign up here.

Wondering if you should submit your micro prose to a literary journal or publisher? The answer is yes! In this workshop, we’ll discuss how and where to submit your individual micro prose pieces, as well as contests and publishers for chapbook (15-35 pieces) and full-length collections (35-75+ pieces). We’ll also discuss hybrid memoirs and how to incorporate your micro work, as well as helping you decide if/when your work is ready to go out into the world. We’ll consider different submission strategies and schedules so you can find one that works for you.

8/22 Power Your Memoir With Mystery: How Curiosity Fuels Craft

with Dinty W. Moore (craft-talks.com), August 22, 2023, Tuesday, from 2:00-3:15 pm EST. $15 (early bird). Sign up here.

Too often, writers of true stories lock in early on what they know–times, places, apparent facts–and what results is a flat retelling of the past. But memoir is essentially an act of discovery. As writers, we must enter our work filled with questions and true uncertainty, or we risk pushing the story where we think it should go, rather than where it needs to be.

In this webinar, we will look at how other writers have used their uncertainty as fuel for the story, how to locate your own questions, and how reconnecting with what you don’t know can revive a stalled project. There will also be prompts and time for questions.

Ongoing: “Home Sweet Home” (Storywalking)

with Jenafer Joy, 9-day inspired inquiry, $27 or become a Storywalker for full access to all her classes. Sign up here.

Fall in love with the spirit of your space. This isn’t a betterment project. This is about coming home. From Darien: I am a HUGE Jenafer Joy/Storywalking fan, and I recommend her workshops to writers who are committed to connecting with their inner selves and our sometimes mysterious creative processes. I have taught inquiry and curiosity in all my workshops, and Jenafer’s art/journal-based approach takes this home.

Need more? I also offer one-on-one sessions! Consider a 60-minute literary consult to help jump start your book, re-ignite your creativity, and/or get you on track for the next step in your writing/publishing process. If you can’t find a date that will work, reach out via the contact page. I’d love to help you reach your creative goals!

Looking for more resources? Check out the Writer-ish blog for free writing prompts and recommended books.

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