New Class! Personal Essay Intensive


PERSONAL ESSAY INTENSIVE

Online Class Taught by Ariel Gore

March 14 – 25

The personal essay is one of the most enduring and adaptable literary forms, allowing for experimentation and a dissolution of the traditional boundaries between memoir and journalism. Over the 12-day intensive we’ll write every day, survey the form, explore the market, and complete at least one personal essay for publication.

Workshop size is limited, so please sign up early.

$185


Summer Manuscript Workshop 2016


SUMMER MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP

Online Class Taught by Ariel Gore

June 5 – August 31

Spend the summer finishing your book. Or start a new one. In this 12-week workshop, you’ll generate new material for your book, polish what you’ve already got, learn traditional plot structure, experiment wildly, and otherwise buff your author muscles.

The cost of the 12-week workshop is $580 (or $555 if paid in full by June 1).

A $145 deposit saves your spot.

You can pay the deposit right here . . .

Ariel Gore is s LAMBDA Award-winning editor and the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent title, The End of Eve, won a New Mexico-Arizobna Book Award, a Rainbow Award, and was named one of the 10 best memoirs of the year by Library Journal. Her stories and essays have appeared in Psychology Today, Salon, Ms., Utne, The Sun, The San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere.

Ariel Gore is a fabulous workshop facilitator; I’ve been taking classes from her since 2001. In each of the workshops, she brings together a diverse group of writers with varying degrees of competency; and, whether the writer is seasoned or a beginner, she understands exactly where each person is coming from and she meets them there. Not only did I find my unique voice, I learned how to be a thoughtful listener and how to provide insightful critique. I would recommend her workshops to anyone interested in memoir and the art of a good story.

—Lani Jo Leigh

 

Ariel’s workshops jump-started my psyche. I’m back into looking at the world as a writer instead of as a would-be writer. I have her to thank for that. Workshops are almost at your own pace. Always encouraging. She has a knack for assembling a great group of writers together every time.

—Margaret Elysia Garcia

 

Ariel Gore’s writing workshop pushed me past the borders of my creativity and into an exciting unknown place of writing within myself. If you’ve ever put to pen to paper and wondered what you were really capable of Ariel’s workshop will take you there.

—Gabrielle Rivera

 

I thoroughly enjoy Ariel’s workshops. Writers from a variety of backgrounds gather together, bringing in work with all kinds of themes, and as each piece is workshopped, Ariel’s ear for the crucial aspects of great storytelling kicks right in. Her feedback is thoughtful, insightful, precise, and multilayered.

—Bonnie Ditlevsen

 

When I started writing with Ariel, I had zero idea how to write for audience. In work shopping with her, I have found my voice and with practice have found different ways to formulate story. I have learned how to incorporate dialogue and am so much more confident with my work. I recommend this workshop to all aspiring, practicing, and practiced writers.

—Krystee Sidwell

 

Time to sign up for Ariel Gore’s writing workshop in Asheville, North Carolina

Just a few spots left!

Gather with your writing community to create new stories & revise stories in progress. Appropriate for writers at all levels desiring to work on short stories, memoirs, novels, or essays.

Workshop sizes strictly limited, so please sign up early.

Asheville, North Carolina Writing Workshop
Firestorm Cafe & Books (610 Haywood Rd in West Asheville)
March 11 – 13, 2016

Join us in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina for a weekend of writing–jump-start a new project, learn new revision techniques, and connect with your community.

First workshop starts Friday evening at 6 pm
Saturday workshop Noon – 3 pm
Sunday workshop 9 am – Noon
$250 / or $225 early-bird price if paid in full by February 1

$50 deposit saves your spot. Remaining $175 due February 1.

 

 

Or pay the full $225 now . . .

Time to sign up for January classes with Ariel Gore

I was at a loss after finishing my MFA program… But after eight years of infrequent publishing and no time to write, I found an alternative that works for me. Three years ago, I hooked up with Ariel Gore’s online Literary Kitchen workshops and finally found a group that was the right fit for me: writers not full of privilege (and themselves) who offer honest criticism and support at the same time, and whose work I truly enjoy reading. And that infrequent publishing? It’s not so infrequent anymore.

—Margaret Garcia, Poets & Writers 

15-DAY REVISION INTENSIVE
Online Creative Writing Course Taught by Ariel Gore
Powerful Revision Workshop – Back by Popular Demand
January 2 – January 16
Even chronic editing-haters love reworking their stories in this revision adventure. Bring one story/chapter or a few. Each day, we’ll look at a different aspect of the story– from the poetics of architectural space, to the power dynamics between characters, to the nuts and bolts of active verbs. You’ll learn to develop more of your own pings! and take these unique revision tools with you to future writing projects.
Class size is limited, so please sign up early. $185

 

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LIT STAR TRAINING
The Original Literary Kitchen Online Writing Workshop

Taught by Ariel Gore 

January 16 – Mid-March

A new session of Lit Star Training – the 8-week writing course taught by Ariel Gore – starts January 16, 2016. Writers in Lit Star Training spend at least a few hours each week on their writing and online critiques. You can log in any time of the day or night. Writers in the group are new and seasoned, wanting to work on memoir or fiction. The class works as well for those writing to weekly assignments and for people who are beginning or working on longer projects.

The class is $295. You can pay a $95 deposit right here to save your spot.

 More upcoming classes 

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Ariel Gore is a fabulous workshop facilitator; I’ve been taking classes from her since 2001. In each of the workshops, she brings together a diverse group of writers with varying degrees of competency; and, whether the writer is seasoned or a beginner, she understands exactly where each person is coming from and she meets them there. Not only did I find my unique voice, I learned how to be a thoughtful listener and how to provide insightful critique. I would recommend her workshops to anyone interested in memoir and the art of a good story.

—Lani Jo Leigh

 

Ariel’s workshops jump-started my psyche. I’m back into looking at the world as a writer instead of as a would-be writer. I have her to thank for that. Workshops are almost at your own pace. Always encouraging. She has a knack for assembling a great group of writers together every time.

—Margaret Elysia Garcia

 

Ariel Gore’s writing workshop pushed me past the borders of my creativity and into an exciting unknown place of writing within myself. If you’ve ever put to pen to paper and wondered what you were really capable of Ariel’s workshop will take you there.

—Gabrielle Rivera

 

I thoroughly enjoy Ariel’s workshops. Writers from a variety of backgrounds gather together, bringing in work with all kinds of themes, and as each piece is workshopped, Ariel’s ear for the crucial aspects of great storytelling kicks right in. Her feedback is thoughtful, insightful, precise, and multilayered.

—Bonnie Ditlevsen

 

When I started writing with Ariel, I had zero idea how to write for audience. In work shopping with her, I have found my voice and with practice have found different ways to formulate story. I have learned how to incorporate dialogue and am so much more confident with my work. I recommend this workshop to all aspiring, practicing, and practiced writers.

—Krystee Sidwell

 

The God of Sluts

“I think about how Anabelle seemed to believe that sex was wrong for girls like us–and how just about everyone agreed, even the bible. But I am that kind of girl. And somehow, deep inside–in a place that has survived the shame that sets my life on fire every day–I know that they are all just full of shit. I just know that sex is okay, even for girls. And if god and the bible don’t know that, well then god and the bible are full of shit, too.”

 

 


The God of Sluts

By Chanelle Gallant

 

 

“Well, then I guess there’s no God.”

I decide this as I walk home from my best friend Anabelle’s house in the suburbs of Ottawa. I’ve just told her about my first consensual blowjob, with a boy named Julius. After he came in my mouth, I spat it out and said “no offense.” He laughed. I told her that part, too–how I was accidentally funny. She looked down at the ground under the swings in the empty playground where we were slowly swaying, her perfectly highlighted strawberry blond waves hanging around her face and said, “I didn’t think you were that kind of girl.”

Oh. Shit. Maybe not so funny?

Hot shame rushes across my face, the shame that accompanies every waking moment of being a fifteen year old girl.

On my walk home I think about what kind of girl I am. I think about how Anabelle seemed to believe that sex was wrong for girls like us–and how just about everyone agreed, even the bible. But I am that kind of girl. And somehow, deep inside–in a place that has survived the shame that sets my life on fire every day–I know that they are all just full of shit. I just know that sex is okay, even for girls. And if god and the bible don’t know that, well then god and the bible are full of shit, too. I choose blowjobs and joking with boys about their come over a god that would hate girls like me.

Fifteen years later on a bright August afternoon I’m sitting at a Prisoners’ Justice Day vigil at the Don Jail in Toronto. I’ve been going to protests and vigils and actions for years. This one, though, was the first time I’d ever seen a preacher speak: a tall, thin Black man with warm eyes and a white collar. He stands on a little patch of grass and motions to the jail behind him as he says, “The lives of people locked up matter because all lives deserve dignity. All life is divine.” I feel something old crack and move in my chest.

I’d only even gone to the event because I was hoping to see an ex girlfriend who I’d broken up with in the spring. Our short romance ended when I slammed the phone down on her after she stood me up for the last time–but fuck I still missed her. And now here I was on this little patch of grass outside the city jail trying to look unaffected while my eyes welled up. Quiet down now, heart.

But whatever steel wall I’d erected at fifteen to protect my slutty queer self from god’s Army of Slut-Shamers started to crack. Here now was a different kind of god, a god that apparently saw the value in us all and had bigger things to worry about than what I did in bed. Still. “I am an atheist,” I reminded myself as I left the vigil, a little horrified and angry at my tears. I held my head high, my kitten heels digging into the grass, so the ex would fully appreciate that any tears I had were not for her.

I didn’t give it much more thought until a few years later when I was in Laos sitting in the passenger seat of a jeep barreling down a gravel road, windows open, dust blowing in my hair. I was living in Thailand working with a sex workers’ organization and needed to renew my visa so I popped across the border to Laos, figuring I’d see some of the country before returning to Bangkok. I stayed with a friendly Australian ex-pat who kept his lechery limited to discreetly glancing at my tits when he thought I wasn’t looking. He put me up on his couch and offered to show me around. So that’s how I came to be driving through the rural roads of southern Laos in his jeep with a small piece of bamboo in my hand. We bumped and shook over the rough roads and waved back at the kids in school uniforms piled into the back of a truck ahead of us. It had been months since I’d seen any of my too-radical-for-religion friends. I looked down at the bamboo, noticed its minute and exquisite symmetry and thought: “God.”

That night, alone in my bungalow room near the border, I looked at the book I was carrying. Good god, could I have been any more earnest? It was Wayne Dyer’s Your Sacred Self. “I’m not religious,” I’d reassured myself when I bought it at the  second-hand book shop in Vientiane, “I’m just curious.”

Looking at the dorky yellow cover of that book, remembering the years I spent in Cathedrals (“I just find them comforting!”), and my original college major (religious studies) I realized two things: First, that I was a Christian and had been circling it for years, holding tight to my threads of denial as the evidence mounted.

Second, that I was a white woman from the Global North having a spiritual awakening in the  Global South. The horror: I was Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love. I’m an intersectional activist, an abortion-loving queer lady of the night. Surely if god had any mercy, she would make me anyone but Elizabeth Gilbert discovering anything but her Christianity. In a Buddhist country colonized by a Christian one, no less,  all of this having started while listening to a Black Christian preacher whose faith communities were born in resistance to genocide and whiteness.

I whipped my copy of Your Sacred Self across the room in rage, crying as it smashed into the wall. I didn’t know what was more humiliating: being in my own personal Eat, Pray, Love or that I had been heading toward it for years and didn’t know it.

 

Chanelle Gallant is a writer, educator and long time activist in intersectional sex working and feminist communities. She has writing upcoming in Make/Shift and The Rumpus. You can find her at www.chanellegallant.com 

Time to sign up for 2016 classes

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LIT STAR TRAINING
The Original Literary Kitchen Online Writing Workshop

Taught by Ariel Gore 

January 16 – Mid-March

A new session of Lit Star Training – the 8-week writing course taught by Ariel Gore – starts January 16, 2016. Writers in Lit Star Training spend at least a few hours each week on their writing and online critiques. You can log in any time of the day or night. Writers in the group are new and seasoned, wanting to work on memoir or fiction. The class works as well for those writing to weekly assignments and for people who are beginning or working on longer projects.

The class is $295. You can pay a $95 deposit right here to save your spot.

 

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Publishing Bootcamp

Taught by Ariel Gore

March 14 – 25

You’ve got all these stories, is it time to start publishing? What about a book project? Do you need an agent? If so, how do you find the right one? Should you have your whole manuscript ready to go or will a proposal suffice? Do you need to publish shorter pieces first? Should you publish with a big press, a small press, or a self-owned press? What’s involved in independent publishing? In this 12-day workshop for both new and publishing writers, we’ll demystify the publishing process, research periodicals and book publishers, find agents, and draft query letters. You’ll work through 12 publishing stations in 12 days and get real about what it means to get your work out into the world.

The 12-day workshop costs $175

A $45 deposit saves your spot

You can pay the deposit right here . . .

 

Lake Michigan Writing Workshop with Ariel Gore

Gather with your writing community to create new stories, revise stories in progress, and get kind and excellent feedback. Appropriate for writers at all levels working or desiring to work on short stories, memoirs, novels, or essays.

Lake Michigan Retreat April 22 – 24, 2016

Come to the midwest for a weekend of writing in a retreat setting. We’ll be staying and writing in a log cabin just steps from inland Goshorn Lake. Hot tub, pool table, kayaking, beach-sitting… and of course writing.
This beautiful retreat cabin is near Saugatuck, Michigan, about 40 minutes from Grand Rapids or 2 hours from Chicago.

$250 for the writing workshop

*Limited Lodging available in the retreat house for an additional fee ($50 – $125 for both night depending on your bed/privacy preferences). Contact shellfeijo@gmail.com to reserve.

First workshop starts Friday evening at 6 pm
Saturday workshop Noon – 3 pm
Sunday Brunch workshop 9 am – Noon

$50 deposit saves your spot. Remaining $200 due February 1.

Warehouse Sale!

 

 

 

 

For a super-limited time . . .

Get free copies of both The End of Eve, Ariel Gore’s award-winning memoir, and The People’s Apocalypse, edited by Ariel Gore and Jenny Forrester, when you sign up for a Literary Kitchen writing class in October while supplies last.

Or get both book for $10 — postage included! Replace the copies your friends stole & stock up for Christmas.

Write in Portland with Ariel Gore

Come in from the Rain - CLASS FULL
Portland, Oregon Writing Workshop with Ariel Gore
December 11 – 13

Gather with your writing community to create new work, revise work in progress, and get kind and excellent feedback. Appropriate for writers at all levels working on memoirs, novels, short stories, or essays.

Schedule
Friday, December 11, 5-7 pm, followed by dinner
Saturday, December 12, noon-3 pm
Sunday, December 13, noon-3 pm, followed by an all ages evening reading at 6 pm. Contact MegJeske at gmail dot com to get on the roster as a reader–or just plan to come and listen.

Portland, Oregon locations TBA

Workshop size is strictly limited, so please sign up early.

$175

 

Online Poetry Workshop with Award-Winning Poet Rosebud Ben-Oni

I recommend Rosebud’s workshop to anyone—experienced or beginning poets. She is so humble in her critiques and has many great suggestions.

—Sarah Maria Medina

POETRY & POP: AN ONLINE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP

Get more writing done! Take Rosebud Ben-Oni’s workshop!

 

 

How can popular culture shape your poetry and create a unique voice? This 6-week workshop will lead writers through a series of questions, prompts and exercises utilizing existing popular culture to help craft poems. Students will offer feedback on each other’s work. We will also analyze existing poems that utilize popular culture, in order to better fuel creativity and spark discussion on how poetry informs and responds to social and political ideologies.

Note to poets who took Rosebud’s spring workshop: Prompts and exercises are all new, so come on back and pick up where you left off.

October 24 – December 5

$225 for the 6-week workshop
A $65 deposit saves your spot
Class size is strictly limited, so please sign up early!

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About Rosebud Ben-Oni
Born to a Mexican mother and Jewish father, Rosebud Ben-Oni is a recipient of the 2014 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry and a CantoMundo Fellow. She was a Rackham Merit Fellow at the University of Michigan, a Horace Goldsmith Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a graduate of the Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater in NYC. She is the author of SOLECISM (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013) and an Editorial Advisor for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, Arts & Letters, Bayou, and Puerto del Sol  among others. Find her Facebook, Twitter and at 7TrainLove.org