Ariel Gore’s holiday book & zine fair

Now you can buy all the things I made this year in one place. My house boys will be making runs to the post office every day starting November 30th so you’ll get things in time for whatever holiday makes you happy & not stressed.

Brand new! The Art Life Coloring Book by Ariel Gore

It’s here! I made this 28-page coloring book while I was on book tour for We Were Witches. Drawing the images made me feel less anxious about talking to people I didn’t know. Coloring the images in has the same effect, so I think you’ll like it. 5″ x 7″ sweet size for stockings!

$7 includes U.S. Shipping

 

 

 

New! We Were Witches: A Novel by Ariel Gore from The Feminist Press

Michelle Tea calls We Were Witches “A new feminist classic penned by one of the culture’s strongest authors at her most experimental and personal.”

$18 includes U.S. Shipping.

 

 

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New! Notes & Spells Scout Book

Keep your We Were Witches Notes & Spells book in your pocket at all times! It’s mostly blank, and includes just enough magical instruction & inspiration to keep you going. Sweet 3 1/2″ x 5″ size makes it the perfect stocking stuffer. Just saying
$5 includes U.S. shipping
 
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New! Hybridity: For Beachcombers Who are Tired of Performing Normal

This magical, limited edition zine by Ariel Gore has bonus “Surrealism for Beginners” writing assignments in the back.
Just a few left!
$4 includes U.S. shipping.
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The End of Eve: A Memoir by Ariel Gore from Hawthorne Books

Winner of a New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, winner of a Rainbow Award, finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, named one of the best memoirs of the year by Library Journal . . .
Tom Spanbauer says, “The way Ariel puts human emotion on the page is an act of poetry damn close to sublime.”
$16 includes U.S. shipping.
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Canada! We love you. And we need a little postage support. Please add a $2 Canadian postage booster for all orders shipping to Canada.
(If you need overseas shipping, please email arielfiona at gmail dot com.)

Lisa Sinnett: Publication Hangover

 

I don’t know how writers keep on with the mighty task of public honesty. Our responsibility to the collective human conversation is not only daunting, it’s painful in the most vulnerable and shaming way.

Take my recent publication of “What They Were Told” in Mutha Magazine.

Since I’ve been working on it for 10 years, it’s enough to give me hope that my voice belongs “out there.”

But there are always a few reactions that turn my stomach and make me grateful for my day job.

One professional editor in New York read the post as a courtesy to a friend who called in a “big favor.” He texted back: “She’s a solid writer. If she’d had an editor who cleaned up her errors and inconsistencies it would’ve been more powerful. But the errors were distracting.  She especially needs someone who doesn’t know her to read her stuff. They can let her know what parts she’s missing.”

Sensing an opportunity, my dear friend suggested that he, Mr. New York, could be that person? His “no thanks” came back so fast, I almost felt the burn in my fingers as my friend hung up suddenly, after mumbling, “Well maybe I’m biased in your favor.”

I decided to make myself feel better in the weird egotistical and self-deprecating custom of a true writer, and seek validation with a friend who “liked” my piece and got her ex-boyfriend to “like” it too. This friend is a nice suburban white lady who confessed that she befriended me because she thought I was Latinx. I don’t look Latinx, I just have a (weird for an Irish Canadian) olive complexion most of the year. She kept me on as a friend after she learned I was White, but she works the subject of race and Detroit politics into almost every conversation, so much that I feel I need to study up before I head to her house.

I step into her house after a brisk walk and she greets me with a detail from the story I just published.

Friend: Hi Elisa. So you have only one boob?

Me:  Uh, I have Poland’s Syndrome?

Friend: Yeah, but you only have one boob? How come I didn’t know this?

Me: Um, not exactly. You could Google Poland’s Syndrome?

Friend: But WHY didn’t I know?

Me: (running away thinking Because it’s not my job to tell you?)

 

I assume that most people are walking around with a boatload of hurt and it’s not my business to poke at them.

So, in case you’ve been worrying about it, the proper response to a writer baring her soul is

“Wow, you’ve really made me:

a) Laugh

b) Think

c) Fall asleep

d) Want to kill you.”

 

What not to say: “Are you sure you’re not making this all up?” Or “Or I feel so sad you feel this way.” Or “Tell me about your body parts.”

If I wanted to feel ashamed about my life choices, questioned about my truthfulness and morals, or have my body poked at and put on display like an exhibit in a freak show, I wouldn’t write stories. I’d build a time machine and go back to my childhood—and if you were there, too, I’d punch you in the face.

 

 

Lisa Sinnett, in spite of being deeply flawed, vulnerable and truthful, manages to hold down a full time job teaching high school Spanish in Hamtramck, Michigan, while maintaining close relationships with her family and working on her upcoming memoir-novel, Dispatches from Detroit

For all the witches and would-be witches on your holiday lists: signed copies of We Were Witches

“You know that feeling when you crack open a brand new book and just by reading the first paragraph you can tell you’re about to go on a transformative journey? The kind of book that grabs you by the hand and says, hold on, we’ve got important work to do? A story that, at the risk of sounding very cliche because the word “witches” is, after all, in the title — leaves you spellbound? We Were Witchesby Ariel Gore is that book. Released in September by Feminist Press, it is everything you didn’t know you were allowed to want in a narrative.”

Autostraddle

Now you can get signed copies of Ariel Gore’s new novel, We Were Witches, direct from The Literary Kitchen. $18 includes postage & your own spell book! U.S. SHIPPING ONLY.

 

Canadian readers! I need an extra $2 to ship to you. Thank you for your support!




Angela Lapin: A Haunting

i decided to haunt you
you could take my house
my garden, my flowers,
my tears, my love, my hope,
my safety, my faith, my pets,
my stability, my kitchen, my furniture
my affection, my years, my balance, my bed,
my comfort, my trust
you could take
               but i could stay                 i could stay
in you
in your skin,
 on the nights when you could find noone else
to touch you
the shadows of my fingertips would
raise the goosebumps
from your flesh
 
               i could stay
so that the kitchen would smell
like my recipes and my family
 have echoes of
tenderness and love
so that when you walked in
the memory would slip through

and you would remember crying
just because I was so beautiful
dancing as i cooked

 that feeling could be gone
               now into the dull
crevices of memory
where it would eventually
evaporate into ashes
 
i could stay in the floor
under your feet
where I tripped
down the stairs in
my heartbreak and you helped
me up as I sobbed
because i only knew how
to turn to you for love
when you were the one who
was stealing it
 
i could stay in the bed
where we shared dreams
and disappointments and
the secrets of lovers
where you told me you
loved me and lied to me
about butterflies
crawling in your heart
when they had died so long ago

i will come up into the silence
before sleep often
even when there are other lovers
in your bed
you will remember my body
and smell and the sound of my love
                it is missing now
 
i will stay in all of the spaces you forgot 
to be loved
i will stay
even as I go

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Angela Lapin is a Latinx queer feminist educator who focuses her writing on memoir, politics, poetry, and heartbreak. She has written for Hip Mama and the now-defunct feminist blog girlistic.com. She lives in Nebraska where she does improv, yoga, and binge watching. 

Time to Sign Up for Online & Portland Workshops with Ariel Gore

ALL CLASSES FULL – waitlist only

PERSONAL ESSAY INTENSIVE – class full – waitlist only – arielfiona at gmail

ONLINE CLASS TAUGHT BY ARIEL GORE

November 25 – December 6

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, complete five new essays, explore the market, and polish at least one personal essay for publication. Workshop size is limited, so please sign up early. 
Full tuition is $185 – class full – waitlist – arielfiona at gmail

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WINTER BREAK INTENSIVE – class full – waitlist only – arielfiona at gmail

Online class taught by Ariel Gore

December 18 – January 1

You won’t have time for holiday stress & consumerist brain-suck. You’ll be writing. The Literary Kitchen’s most popular class — sign up early! — is the Winter Break Intensive taught by Ariel Gore. You’ll get 12 assignment in 14 days December 18th to January 1st. Replace the insanity of the holidays with pure creativity. You’ll generate lots of new material quickly & be ready for an amazingly productive new year.

 

WINTER MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP\

Online Class Taught by Ariel Gore

January 5th – March 31st

 

– class full – waitlist only – arielfiona at gmail 

Workshop size is limited. Please sign up early.

Spend the first months of the new year 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 with weekly and monthly feedback, learn traditional and nontraditional plot structure, experiment wildly, and make your book reality.

The cost of the 12-week workshop is $580 

A $145 deposit saves your spot.

Class full – waitlist only – arielfiona at gmail
Here are two of the latest books to come out of the summer manuscript workshop:“Several years ago I had a vague idea for a book and on a whim I signed up for Ariel Gore’s manuscript workshop just to see what would happen. Signing up for that workshop was one of the best writing decisions I have ever made. Ariel’s incredibly supportive feedback and constructive critiques, as well as her challenging writing exercises, were instrumental in taking my book from a vague idea to a finished product. I highly recommend Ariel Gore’s workshops to anyone who has an idea that is begging to live on the page.”—Nina Packebush, author of Girls Like Me (Bink Books, 2017)

“Ariel Gore’s manuscript workshop was the best way to spend a summer—writing, re-visioning, and gaining ever-increasing clarity. We had prompts and activities that kept us focused on getting the bulk of our manuscripts completed in twelve weeks. She’s got the book-writing experience, invaluable insight and artistic commitment to help you organize and write the book only you can write. “

—Jenny Forrester, author of Narrow River, Wide Sky (Hawthorne Books, 2017)


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PORTLAND WRITING & PUBLISHING WORKSHOP – CLASS FULL – waitlist only

Come in from the Rain

With Ariel Gore

January 19 – 21, 2018 in Portland, Oregon

Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, & Sunday midday:
Experimental Narrative Workshops
& Creative Publishing Skillshare
with Ariel Gore
We’ll meet two hours on Friday evening, three hours on Saturday, and three hours on Sunday to generate new work, experiment with merged genres, magical realism, and disruptive structure. We’ll take writing we’ve already drafted or new writing through thought-provoking revision stations, and break ourselves out of any worn-out limits.
On Sunday, we’ll also share experiences and map new paths to making our book/zine/chapbook/essay dreams into published realities. We’ll explore the ins and outs of journal submissions & experiences creating anthologies & other dream book projects. We’ll demystify the proposal & submissions processes, and make a plan to materialize the project(s) you’ve been working on.
Workshop size is super limited. Please sign up early!
Workshop cost is $180
A $60 deposit saves your spot – class full – waitlist arielfiona@gmail.com
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Ariel Gore is a LAMBDA Award-winning editor and the author of ten books of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest novel, We Were Witches, is out now from The Feminist Press. The End of Eve won a New Mexico-Arizona 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.

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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, author of Mary of the Chance Encounters

 

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.

—Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath

 

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

 

We Were Witches

“Forget Freytag’s Pyramid (of predictable male prose)—behold Gore’s upside down triangle (of fierce feminist narrative)! We Were Witches is its own genre, in its own canon.”

—Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z

“Ariel Gore’s We Were Witches is one woman’s body refusing to become property, refusing to be overwritten by law or traditions, one woman’s body cutting open a hole in culture so that actual bodies might emerge. A triumphant body story. A singularly spectacular siren song.”

—Lidia Yuknavitch

Out now from The Feminist Press & available from your favorite bookseller.

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While you’re waiting, here’s your own little Witch Scout spell book—mostly blank, with some instructions. . .

$7 each (includes shipping)

Or 5 for $25 (U.S. delivery only)

Literary Kitchen Scholarship Fund

Sometimes we get requests for scholarships for Ariel Gore’s online and in-person writing workshops. Use this button if you’d like to donate to the scholarship fund! Feel free to make a note if you want your donation to support a writer in a particular circumstance or community, or go toward a specific class, and note if you’d like your donation to be anonymous.