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Time to sign up for Moe Bowstern’s writing class

Tell Me a Story….Then Write it Down

Draw from the art of oral storytelling to enhance your written work / Learn to perform your stories with ease at public readings.

Taught by Moe Bowstern

March 3 – April 21

Right here online in the Literary Kitchen! Moe rarely teaches online. This is a great opportunity.

Jazz up your storytelling by taking this 8-week course with Moe Bowstern, longtime Fisher Poet, editor of Xtra Tuf zine and story developer for various puppet show extravaganzas, most recently Paper Eclipse Puppet Company.

We’ll spend the weeks heading into spring honing the vernacular language of oral storytelling, with the goal of transforming told tales into written stories while preserving the vitality of the storyteller’s art.

With quick writes and regular assignments, Moe will help you find your voice and the truth of your story.

For those interested, we’ll also devote class time to taking the developed work from the written page onto the stage for performance.

You can read and listen to Moe Bowstern’s stories right here: http://www.inthetote.com/moe-bowstern.html

The cost for the 8-week class is $275. A $75 deposit holds your spot. Sign up early as class-size in strictly limited!

“The honest story, the true story (fact or fiction) is a gift offered. It’s a hand held out. ‘Hello, this is who I am, you and I both live here.‘ I like the way Moe holds her hand out, and I like her voice. It’s quiet, kind and funny, and it rings true. And the stories she tells take me to the damndest places! This world she and I and you live in, it’s always bigger and weirder than we could possibly know if we didn’t have our story-tellers.”

–Ursula K. LeGuin

 

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Spring classes with Moe Bowstern & 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


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Tell Me a Story….Then Write it Down

Draw from the art of oral storytelling to enhance your written work / Learn to perform your stories with ease at public readings.

Taught by Moe Bowstern

March 3 – April 21

Right here online in the Literary Kitchen! Moe rarely teaches online. This is a great opportunity.

Jazz up your storytelling by taking this 8-week course with Moe Bowstern, longtime Fisher Poet, editor of Xtra Tuf zine and story developer for various puppet show extravaganzas, most recently Paper Eclipse Puppet Company.

We’ll spend the weeks heading into spring honing the vernacular language of oral storytelling, with the goal of transforming told tales into written stories while preserving the vitality of the storyteller’s art.

With quick writes and regular assignments, Moe will help you find your voice and the truth of your story.

For those interested, we’ll also devote class time to taking the developed work from the written page onto the stage for performance.

You can read and listen to Moe Bowstern’s stories right here: http://www.inthetote.com/moe-bowstern.html

The cost for the 8-week class is $275. A $75 deposit holds your spot. Sign up early as class-size in strictly limited!

“The honest story, the true story (fact or fiction) is a gift offered. It’s a hand held out. ‘Hello, this is who I am, you and I both live here.‘ I like the way Moe holds her hand out, and I like her voice. It’s quiet, kind and funny, and it rings true. And the stories she tells take me to the damndest places! This world she and I and you live in, it’s always bigger and weirder than we could possibly know if we didn’t have our story-tellers.”

–Ursula K. LeGuin

 

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Lit Star Training

The Original Literary Kitchen Online Writing Workshop

Taught by Ariel Gore

April 12 – June 10

 

 

A new session of Lit Star Training — the 8-week+ writing course taught by Ariel Gore — starts April 12th. 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 (with no big projects in mind) and for people who are starting or working on existing book projects.

The class is $285 — a $90 deposit will hold your spot. You can pay the deposit right here:

 

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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 jumpstarted 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

 

You Like the Jazz Music?

By Moe Bowstern

5 a.m. on a spring morning I drove to the Jewel supermarket. I was headed east out of Chicago and I needed provisions for the 14-hour drive. There were only two other people in the huge store, a young cashier and another shopper. In and out, I thought, as  I approached the kid at the register.

The other shoppers’ groceries lay on the conveyor belt. “Brother just went to get a couple things,” the cashier explained. “He’ll be right back.” I nodded, sleepy.

“You going to work?” he asked.

“Going on a trip.”

“Oh.” A pause. “Most folks this early, see, they regulars.”

“Hmm.” Dude sure was taking his time. I looked for something to read.

Then the kid says, “You like the jazz music?”

“Yeah.” I nodded.

“You know, like Coltrane, like Mingus?”

“Yeah, Hank Mobley, Jimmy McGriff, Lester Young—”

“—Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Dexter Gordon–”

We played the list game back and forth, trading the names to each other like solos of proof that we knew the secrets of the smooth and the sweet. I always wonder, when I play that game, what it means, what it measures. Could the kid see how I love the saxophone by the way is said Frank Morgan? Was this recitation what it took to win a friend?

“You like the jazz music!” The cashier was grinning now, ringing the groceries of the wandering shpper who had finally returned. The kid started on my groceries. “So how long you listen to the jazz music?”

“Well, uh, I do a radio show on WNUR…”

The kid stopped, electrified. “Whatsyouname?” he asked in a one-word rush. When I told him, he leaped to the Dutch door of the cashier cube and grabbed me in a full body hug, crying, “Baby, baby, you my sister, you my sister!”

“Hey!” I said, in between his shouts, “You’re that guy who calls every week asking for Betty Carter!”

“No!” he exclaimed, “That’s my cousin, Sammy. I’m Ozzie!”

I was too sleepy to rise to his level of enthusiasm. I stood in a smiley daze as Ozzie finished hugging me. He rang up my groceries while thanking me and beaming. “see, it’s so early that I gotta work, I listen to the jazz music, to your show…” He shook his head and cackled, “Just wait till I tell Sammy I met you.”

He packed all his gratitude in with the food I bought and I fed off it the long way across Indiana and Ohio, laughing and shaking my head as I searched the stations for the jazz music.

The next week I dedicated my show to Ozzie and his cousin. And I told the story on the air and played a bunch of Betty Carter.

Down at the station, in the cold basement with the broken equipment and dog-eared record albums, I thought about Betty’s voice traveling up and down the aisles at the Jewel, and Ozzie telling his regulars, “Yeah, that’s the jazz music. She’s playing that for me.”

Moe Bowstern comes to the Literary Kitchen to teach the online storytelling workshop. Sign up today.

New Fall Storytelling Class with Xtra Tuf Fisher Poet Moe Bowstern!

Tell Me a Story….Then Write it Down

September 5 – October 31 — Right here online in the Literary Kitchen! Moe rarely teaches online. This is a great opportunity.

Prepare for winter’s storytelling season by taking this 8-week course with Moe Bowstern, longtime Fisher Poet, editor of Xtra Tuf zine and story developer for various puppet show extravaganzas, most recently Paper Eclipse Puppet Company.

We’ll spend the autumn weeks honing the vernacular language of oral storytelling, with the goal of transforming told tales into written stories while preserving the vitality of the storyteller’s art.

With quick writes and regular assignments, Moe will help you find your voice and the truth of your story.

For those interested, we’ll also devote class time to taking the developed work from the written page onto the stage for performance.

You can read and listen to Moe Bowstern’s stories right here: http://www.inthetote.com/moe-bowstern.html

The cost for the 8-week class is $275. A $75 deposit holds your spot. Sign up early as class-size in strictly limited!

“The honest story, the true story (fact or fiction) is a gift offered. It’s a hand held out. ‘Hello, this is who I am, you and I both live here.‘ I like the way Moe holds her hand out, and I like her voice. It’s quiet, kind and funny, and it rings true. And the stories she tells take me to the damndest places! This world she and I and you live in, it’s always bigger and weirder than we could possibly know if we didn’t have our story-tellers.”

–Ursula K. LeGuin