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Writerly Love Workshops

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Writerly Love Workshops

More workshops to come in Spring 2023. (Make sure you receive my letters to be notified.)

Replays and resources for every workshop we offer are in the permanent collection of the Writerly Love Community library.

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Writerly Love

The Writerly Love membership community is a warm, inclusive, and supportive space for creative writers to get together, learn about writing and building a platform, and grow a luminous writing career.

Hone your craft. Build your platform. Connect with other luminous creative writers.

Lyric Prose: Experimenting with Form

Instructor: Christina Brobby

Do you have a poem that’s resisting that form? Or a prose piece that refuses to come to life? Or any work-in-progress that’s trying to tell you it wants to be something else? Are you looking to add some new tools to your creative toolkit? In this workshop, we will discuss the essence of various forms of lyric prose, including the collage essay; the braided essay; the hermit crab essay; and the prose poem. Examples of each form will also be provided. Then, participants will be invited to consider one of the lyric forms for the piece you’ve brought to the session and how you might experiment with it. And if time permits, you may start revising your work in class and share a paragraph if you choose.

workshop complete

This workshop is complete and is now only available in the Writerly Love membership community library.

Your Instructor

Christina Brobby is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University. Her lyric prose pieces won The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition in 2022, the Malahat Review’s 202 Constance Rooke creative non-fiction contest and SubTerrain’s Lush Triumphant 2019 contest in the creative non-fiction category. Christina acknowledges with gratitude that she lives and creates on the Traditional Territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council in the Yukon Territory.

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The Empathetic Object

Instructor: Lyndall Cain

What can an object do to help a story? What can’t an object do to help a story? They are there to guide us through transitions, to tell us more about the characters that own them, to provide foreshadowing and give us clues (think Chekhov and his gun), to reinforce themes, to give us glimpses into other worlds, and to bring us back into our own. This workshop will explore the role of objects in creative writing. We will do this by trying to understand them through creating an object biography. Join us in personifying objects and objectifying people.

workshop complete

This workshop is complete and is now only available in the Writerly Love membership community library.

Your Instructor

Lyndall Cain (she/her) is from Cape Town, South Africa, where she is both a curator and a writer of fiction. Before doing her MA in Creative Writing she did a BA in English Literature and Art History and then went on to do an Honours in Fine Art, specifically in curatorship. She has worked on exhibitions with the Iziko South African National Museum, the National Gallery of South Africa, the Association for Visual Arts, and the University of Cape Town. She also taught at the Michaelis School of Fine Art on the Critical Thinking in Curatorship, Local Issues in Curatorship, Curating Ecologies, and Art Narratives courses, and lead a number of workshops including, Fiction, empathy and the environment and Thingamabob: The biography of an object. She believes you can curate anything: from a collection of museum objects to the food in your fridge. Objects play a big role in her fiction and are often the ‘thing’ that binds her stories together.

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Sharing the Camera: Playing with Unusual Points of View

Instructor: Naomi J. Williams

We’re all pretty familiar with first-, third-, and even the oft-maligned second-person points of view. But it can be fun and instructive to try your hand at some less-common takes on narrative perspective. In this light-hearted generative session, you’ll write multiple versions of a situation from some unusual and even wacky viewpoints. Come prepared to write something new while having some laughs.

workshop complete

This workshop is complete and is now only available in the Writerly Love membership community library.

Your Instructor

Naomi Williams is the author of Landfalls (FSG 2015), long-listed for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including One Story, Electric Literature, Zoetrope: All-Story, The Rumpus, and LitHub. A five-time Pushcart nominee and one-time winner, Naomi has also been the recipient of residencies at Hedgebrook, Djerassi, Willapa Bay AiR, and StoryKnife. A biracial Japanese-American, she was born in Japan and spoke only Japanese until she was six years old. Today she lives in Sacramento, California, and teaches with the low-residency MFA programs at Ashland University and at Saint Mary’s College.

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Rachel Thompson in front of a window looking down at a book, slightly smiling. She has medium-length reddish-brown hair with bangs.

Hosted by Rachel Thompson

Writerly Love

The Writerly Love membership community is a warm, inclusive, and supportive space for creative writers to get together, learn about writing and building a platform, and grow a luminous writing career.

Hone your craft. Build your platform. Connect with other luminous creative writers.