The practice of writing—regardless of one’s level of expertise—is an act of bravery. Let 2020 be the year you recommit to your writing practice and stop censoring your imagination. In this workshop, we’ll focus on how to start a new project, how to structure your writing time and stay motivated, and how to remain true to your authentic, creative voice. All experience levels and genres are welcome.
Nicki Salcedo is a novelist and freelance writer. She is a regular contributor to Decaturish.com. She has judged the annual Creative Loafing Fiction Contest. Nicki has been on stage in Write Club Atlanta and Bleux Stocking Society. Her book “All Beautiful Things” is a romantic suspense set in Atlanta. She is also the author three collections of essays about life in the South, through grief, and while creating goodness.
Guided by Voices: "The voices that make up a world are often those we aren't used to finding in narrative. The dry inhumanity of Legalese and Bureaucratese, the rich poetry of religious texts, the patois of the personal ad, even the 280-character limit of a Twitter post are some examples. Engaging with these voices is a way to define our characters, set the scene, and create friction that moves the plot. We will go over examples from such texts, take them apart, and make them our own, putting them to work defining our characters and their arcs. Participants are asked to bring samples of such texts to share and work with (contracts, prayer cards, advertisements, syllabi, bills, wills, instructions, the fine print from prescription receipts...)."
Tupelo Hassman’s second novel, gods with a little g, was published in August 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her debut novel, girlchild (FSG) is the recipient of the American Library Association’s ALEX Award. She teaches at Santa Monica College and California State University, East Bay.
“This is a generative poetry workshop aimed at exploring and producing poems grounded in the body (or the physical experience). Memory is often bodily and can propel us into poems: the way your mother's hands rested on the steering wheel of the Oldsmobile, the slimy skin of a baby born in the backseat of a taxi, the dislocated shoulder that changed the course of a football player's life. We all have stories to tell about the body. We'll read and discuss a variety of contemporary examples and find new ways into poems through prompts that incorporate gallery paintings, sensory objects, and language games.”
Alexis Orgera is the author of two books of poetry, How Like Foreign Objects and Dust Jacket, and a forthcoming memoir-in-fragments, Head Case. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Bennington Review, Chattahoochee Review, Hotel Amerika, New South, Sundog Lit, Third Coast and The Tiny. She is the co-founder of Penny Candy Books, an indie picture book press that aims to start big conversations between kids and their adults.