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

If you are an instructor and have a writing class you think would be of interest to the Writer-ish community, you can submit it here for consideration.

Bonus Office Hours for Newsletter Subscribers!

If you're a Writer-ish newsletter subscriber, you're invited to free office hours (Zoom) in March! Bring any and all writing questions. Darien will also give a short talk on "Getting Your Work in the World" (March 30). Use the sign-up links in the upcoming newsletters. Not a subscriber? Sign up for updates here.

3/13 You’re the Main Character: Powerful First-Person Writing

with Lise Funderburg (Craft Talks). March 13, 2024, Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST. Zoom workshop. $25. Sign up here.

Struggling with how to make yourself come alive on the page? Looking to unleash the power of first-person?

This webinar will include how to richly render yourself through examples, exercises, and inventories, and how to plumb your personality and experiences in service of your themes. We’ll cover where to add and subtract from all that you know about yourself, when to step up, and when to step back. 

Suitable for those with an idea or a work-in-progress, you’ll come away having unlocked the potential of you.

3/24 Masterclass: Three Power Tools for Creating Compelling Narratives

with Heather Sellers (Craft Talks). March 23-24, 2024, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PST. Zoom workshop. $200. Sign up here.

Learn how the three essential tools of storytelling–scene, summary, reflection–work together to create powerful narrative. These three tools work in concert, and in this course, you’ll learn to improve your skills with each tool, and how to pull them all together.

3/30 Writer-ish Office Hours: “Getting Your Work in the World”

with Darien Hsu Gee (Writer-ish). Saturday, March 30, 2024 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm PST. Zoom. For Writer-ish newsletter subscribers, free, registration is required. Follow sign-up instructions in the newsletter.

Have a writing or publication question? Trying to figure out your next step with micro? Bring in and all questions to our live quarterly office hours! Darien will also talk on getting your work in the world. 

4/2 Intersectionality: Manuscript Workshop

with Stephanie Han (drstephaniehan.com). the 10-week workshop series begins Tuesday, April 2, 2024 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm PDT. Zoom workshop. $1,080 (partial scholarships available). Apply here.

The goal of this multi-genre workshop is to work towards the completion of a manuscript with the support of women who believe in your journey as a writer. This workshop honors your voice and is a place to receive feedback for the narrative that only you can write, the story(ies) that you are meant to tell. Your project may be a book of essays, short stories, or a longer work-in-progress. With helpful comments and the polishing of craft skills, you will write to the best of your ability. Your story is significant, and you and your peers agree to help each other write emotional truths on the page—fiction or non-fiction. In addition to workshop, all writers have one-on-one arranged meetings. 

4/4 Women’s Creative Writing Workshop

with Stephanie Han (drstephaniehan.com). the 4-week workshop series begins Thursday, April 4, 2024 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm PDT. Zoom workshop. $432. Sign up here.

The Women’s Creative Writing Workshop is a mixed level two-hour generative writing workshop. Published authors, journalists, and creative writers attend this class. It works because I emphasize voice and because women are willing to dig in and support women to be brave on the page. This is designed for women to express their emotional truth (writing fact or fiction) and to further their voices. This class addresses craft skills and creative process of narrative across fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction. You will leave class with improved writing skills and a clear understanding of your writing strengths, process, and literary interests.

Course includes an optional 30 minute one-on-one session.

4/6 Master Narratives: A Deep Dive

with Stephanie Han (drstephaniehan.com). Saturday, April 6, 2024 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm PDT. In-person workshop in Honolulu, HI. $100. Sign up here.

This generative creative process workshop explores the complexities and ideas of Master Narratives. Writers will explore how and why Master Narratives are foundational to our framework of belief, community, and self. Participants will also examine their creative literary process in relation to Master Narratives. The creation of the world on the page, including the nuance of a character, and how we construct plot, conflict, and resolution are formed by our conception of our Master Narratives. Most significantly, the Master Narratives guide our approach to our subject matter and our identities as writers.

Writers will have the opportunity to generate ideas and write into the questions unearthed by the discovery of their own Master Narratives. The knowledge and created text about the writer’s personal Master Narratives will serve as a resource for writers as they embark on the stories that only they can write.

4/10 The Secrets of Structure: Shaping your Powerful, Publishable Novel or Memoir

with Allison K Williams (Craft Talks). Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT. Zoom workshop. $25. Sign up here.

You’ve got a beautiful, wild, and free first draft…now what?

Plenty of craft books and workshops teach story and sentence—very few discuss whole-book structure. With examples from published work both literary and commercial, we’ll look at how dramatic structure works and what type will suit your book. In this 90-minute live webinar, you’ll learn how to shape a powerful story with engaging characters and a strong hook. We’ll cover where to start, how to decide what events belong in your book, and how to write—and live!—a powerful ending. You’ll discover how to find and polish your unique narrative voice while honoring the conventions of your genre. And you’ll take away key tools to make your next draft smoother and stronger, and your book much closer to publication-ready.

Suitable for those with an idea, a draft, or a terrifying pile of material, you’ll discover how to tell the right story about the story you need to tell.

4/17 Diving Deeply: Using Research to Explore, Expand, and Revise Your Work

with Maggie Messitt (Craft Talks). Wednesday, April 17, 2024 from 11:00 am – 12:15 pm PDT. Zoom workshop. $25. Sign up here.

Whether you write true stories, fiction, or poetry, research can be a multifaceted tool to explore, expand, and revise your work.
While we often think of research as something you complete before we start the “real” writing, or a damaging distraction (rabbit holes, anyone?) research is a powerful tool at every stage of the writing process–from idea to final draft. During this seminar, discover how to deepen something already drafted, develop a few facts into a strong narrative, and what it means to revise at the sentence level with tweezer-like word choice “with intention.”

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