Three Classes Led by Women Writers in 2015

Looking ahead: If you want to invest in your own writing, while supporting a woman writer this year, here are three online workshops led by women that we’re excited about this year!

FICTION:

Lydia MilletThe Charismatic Narrator
Lydia Millet
January 26 – 30, 2015
Class Size: 12
24 Pearl Street

24 Pearl Street one-week intensive classes are meant to keep you thinking and working hard for five straight days. The quick turn-around for assignments and critiques is simultaneously constricting and freeing, since you have only a short amount of time, but share that restriction with your classmates. Lydia Millet’s course on The Charismatic Narrator is designed to help you use language to craft your story’s voice and create a more compelling narrative.

Lydia Millet is the author of eight novels and one book of short stories. An early novel, My Happy Life, won the PEN-USA award for fiction; her story collection, Love in Infant Monkeys, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and her most recent novel, Magnificence, was a finalist for the National Book Critics’ Circle award. She lives in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, and has taught at Columbia University and the University of Arizona. An excerpt of her novel, How the Dead Dream, can be found here.

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POETRY:

Brenda Mann HammackThe True Fairy Tale Poem
Brenda Mann Hammack
March 2-29, 2015
Class Size: 12
The Rooster Moans

The Rooster Moans is known for creating a nurturing class environment. Over the span of four weeks, the instructor will share lectures and prompts and participants will give constructive feedback on each other’s writing. Centered around the re-telling of fairy tales, this workshop will draw on sample texts and introduce participants to a number of web sources and current publications devoted to the fairy tale genre, including The Fairy Tale Review, Goblin Fruit, The Endicott Studio of Mythic Arts, SurLaLune Fairy Tales, and Scheherezade’s Bequest.

Teaching artist Brenda Mann Hammack is an Associate Professor of English at Fayetteville State University where she teaches seminars in: creative writing, contemporary poetry, children’s literature, women’s studies, and British literature and culture. Her first book, Humbug: A Neo-Victorian Fantasy in Verse was released by Misty Publications in 2013. Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Rhino, The Medulla Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Caveat Lector, Toad Suck Review, A capella Zoo, Mudlark, Arsenic Lobster, The North Carolina Literary Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Pedestal, and Steampunk Magazine. Brenda has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize on three occasions. Her scholarly articles can be found in SEL, Mosaic, Interfictions Online: A Journal of Interstitial Arts, and Victorian Hybridities: Cultural Anxiety and Formal Innovation, edited by U.C. Knoepflmacher and Logan D. Browning. Listen to her read her poem “Lady Jane and the Velvet Underground” here.

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NONFICTION:

Michelle TeaMemoir Workshop
Michelle Tea
April 27 – May 1, 2015
Class Size: 12
24 Pearl Street

Michelle Tea will lead this workshop on the crafting of a captivating personal story. Writers of traditional memoir, fiction, or experimental narrative are welcome. 24 Pearl Street workshops feature online lectures and group discussions. At the end of the one-week intensive workshop, each student will receive a lengthy personal e-mail about his or her project.

Michelle Tea is the author of five memoirs, including the award-winning Valencia, and How to Grow Up, published January 2015 on Plume/Penguin. She is also the author of the poetry collection The Beautiful, and three novels, with more in the works. She has edited four collections of memoir-based writings, and is the founder and editor of Mutha Magazine, an alternative online parenting magazine focusing on personal stories. Tea blogs regularly about her experiences trying to get pregnant in the column Getting Pregnant with Michelle Tea on xojane.com. She is the editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights, and founder and Artistic Director of the queer-feminist literary organization, RADAR Productions. Check out her piece “Getting Pregnant” here.

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