Hello friends, colleagues, and fellow writers!
We are halfway through the first month of 2018 and I have been busy planning the workshops, online courses, writing groups, and other activities for the year ahead. I have some exciting offerings in the works and I invite you to join me!
CATALYST: A Monthly Multi-Genre Writing Group – STARTS FEBRUARY 1
The premise of this group is that writing is a catalyst, a process and expression that effects change, both personal and social. Writing affirms life and our struggles. We use it to explore society, the world, our histories, and experiences. By writing in community, we develop trusting relationships and create a safe—and brave—space, which allows us to be vulnerable, and in turn, empowered. When we are empowered and equipped with our stories, told in our own words, from our own perspective, we make change. Suggested sliding scale, $15-$60, no one turned away for lack of funds. Check out the participation guidelines to see if this is the right group for you!
Writing as a Sacred Path, March 4 – April 15
This guided discussion group will work with the book Writing as a Sacred Path: A Practical Guide to Writing with Passion and Purpose by Jill Jepson. Each week participants will read from the text and complete one or more writing prompts. I will distill the main ideas in the readings and offer some thoughts and reflections. There will be a facilitated discussion space to discuss and reflect on the ideas in the book as well as a space to share writings inspired by the prompts. Suggested sliding scale, $40-$150, limited to 8 participants.
New Writing Prompts
If you’ve been following me on social media, you may have seen a few new writing prompts come across your newsfeed: Writing the Everyday and What Nature Teaches Us. If you are so inclined, I encourage you to test out the prompts and see where they take you in your writing. And, please let me know how it goes! I’m always looking for feedback and wanting to know more about your experience with writing.
I have a few other self-guided tutorials in the works as well that I will announce soon. In the meantime, I hope to connect with you online and otherwise. As always, feel free to email me at email@example.com or on social media with any questions, comments, suggestions, or ideas!
Here’s to a fabulous, fierce, and creative 2018!
Liz Burke-Cravens, EdD
Greetings and welcome to September!
I hope this email finds you well and rested from a relaxing summer. I have a few exciting things in the works that I want to share with you.
I will be piloting an online poetry workshop September 20-October 17. I’m calling it Poetry Workshop: Explore, Expand & Encourage Your Writing Practice. In this 4-week online workshop, you will find an encouraging environment in which you can experiment with new forms, play with language and imagery, generate new material, and invigorate your writing process. Click HERE for more info.
In October, I will be teaching a course hosted by the Transformative Language Arts Network called Writing Our Lives: The Poetic Self & Transformation. In this class, we will explore reading poetry as transformative engagement and writing poetry as transformative practice. This class will focus on three main areas: explore our own responses to reading of a variety of contemporary poets’ writings on themes such as childhood, grief and death, adolescence, and love and intimacy; elements of the craft, including diction, metaphor, voice, style, imagery; and generating a new body of work. Click HERE for more info.
Both of these classes appropriate for those with any amount of experience writing poetry, from those who are interested in learning more and might be a bit nervous about it, to writers with years of experience who want to generate new work and brush up on elements of craft and be exposed to new contemporary writers.
Lastly, I invite you to join the A Brave Space Poets discussion group. This group is an inclusive online community in which members share, appreciate, discuss, question, and are inspired by poetry. This community offers a space for self-reflection, for finding solace in thoughtful, deliberate, and beautiful language, and exploring how poetry is vital when aggressive forces seek to divide us. No poetry experience required! And, no need to be a member of Facebook either. Click HERE to join the discussion.
As always, feel free to drop me a line, ask me a question, or offer a suggestion! In the meantime, keep on writing and take good care.
Liz Burke-Cravens, EdD
Greetings writers, friends, and colleagues,
I hope this message finds you well! I’m writing to give you an update on the latest happenings with A Brave Space. As writers and change agents in the current political landscape, it is crucial that we continue to polish up our skills, affirm and voice our commitment to social justice, and nurture ourselves in a supportive community. With this as my starting point, I have launched these initiatives and I invite you to join me.
- An online tutorial: “The Process of Writing: Seven Steps to Help You Avoid Writer's Block and Create Polished, Professional Prose.” Many writers struggle with writer's block or seem to get "stuck" while working on a writing project. Others may not know where to begin, or how to make the writing process a manageable (even enjoyable!) and meaningful experience. This brief tutorial is my offering of support. Take a look! I hope you find it helpful.
- An online workshop: “Written Resistance: Writing Your Personal Stories to Resist Injustice.” There is a desperate need for us writer's to share our stories, to express the truth of our lived experience as a way to oppose the numerous lies the current administration is telling us on a daily basis. Many writers have expressed to me that they feel the need to write their stories, but they don't know where to begin. As a way to help those writers, as well as writer's who are looking to polish their skills and write in community, I will facilitate this 4-week online workshop April 30-May 28. Click on the link above for details!
- A discussion group: “A Brave Space Poets.” This Facebook group is an inclusive online community in which members share, appreciate, discuss, question, and are inspired by poetry. This community offers a space for self-reflection, for finding solace in thoughtful, deliberate, and beautiful language, and exploring how poetry is vital when aggressive forces seek to divide us. No poetry experience required! And, no need to be a member of Facebook either.
As always, feel free to drop me a line, ask me a question, or offer a suggestion! In the meantime, keep on writing, keep on telling your truth in face of "alternative facts," and, first and foremost, take care.
Liz Burke-Cravens, EdD