CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Dig Deep: Writing The Past
Mondays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2024,
7-8:30 PM (ET)
Enroll at the early-bird price ($100) through February 15 or the regular price ($125) through
Embark on an archaeological journey to a landscape where your memories and imagination dwell side by side. Whether you write memoir, personal essay, family history, or historical fiction, this four-lesson prose workshop will inspire you to write the truth of the past and connect it to the truth of the present.
Exercises will include ways of excavating past sensations, emotions, and personal history and then working with your imagination to fill in the blanks and mold a narrative arc. You'll also learn how to establish a theme, balance scenes and narration, develop real or fictional characters, and get unstuck.
If you're working on a project, this workshop will help you sculpt it. If not, it will help you break ground.
To register, go to the Poetry Barn website:
Comments from students:
Careful focus on elements of craft each week gave me something I could use right away. And the class was a great deal of fun. I really appreciated your obvious respect for participants, which helped us bond as a group of writers. -- Mary S.
The critiques and channeling of wisdom that you will receive from Violet will steer and inspire you to enjoy writing. The quick improvements and insights received will surprise you. As an accomplished writer, Violet has the unusual ability to also teach her craft to others. -- Linda D.
A wonderful and inspiring class with much practical advice. You got my dormant project going again. --Bob A.
The assignments helped me to open up my writing in new ways that I am excited about. -- Amanda G.
Violet is an excellent teacher who provides helpful techniques and criticism for improving your writing. I enjoyed the online format and weekly meetings with her and other writers. Their comments and suggestions are valuable tools for realizing how your work is received by readers. I hope we can do it again! —Shelley B.
Handing Down Their Stories: Writing About the Ancestors
Are you among the millions of people who have used genealogy websites to research your family history? Has your family passed down stories and artifacts? This class will help you preserve your ancestors' past in written form for family members or for publication. We will talk about the power of details, historical setting, ways to frame a story, how to extract more stories from the data, and personal reflection, exploring what these stories mean to the living. Writing exercises, with optional feedback, will help you jumpstart and move forward with your own written account of your ancestors' lives.
To inquire about dates for upcoming workshops, contact me at: VioletSnow77 [at] gmail [dot] com.
I also offer one-on-one coaching for writing projects, described HERE.
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