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.)

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!




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)

Join us for the launch of Ariel Gore’s WE WERE WITCHES

Magic spells and inverted fairy tales combat queer scapegoating, domestic violence, and high-interest student loans in We Were Witches by Ariel Gore

Sept 9 – Santa Fe – Collected Works – 6 pm
with Miriam Sagan
Sept 11 – Seattle – Elliot Bay – 7 pm
Sept 12 – Portland – Powell’s on Burnside – 7:30 pm
Sept 14 – New York – Bluestockings – 7 pm
Sept 15 – Brooklyn – Powerhouse Arena – 7 pm
with Katherine Arnoldi & Mutha Magazine
Sept 25 – Minneapolis – Moon Palace Books – 7 pm
Sept 26 – Iowa City – Prairie Lights – 7 pm
Oct 6 – Albuquerque – Book Works – 6 pm
ABQ Zine Fest Feature with Tomas Moniz
Oct 8 – Santa Fe – Op.Cit Books – 2 pm
with Barbara Robidoux & Tomas Moniz
Oct 21 – Baltimore – Atomic Books – 7 pm
We Were Witches is available now from your local independent bookstore

Winter Manuscript Workshop: Finish Your Book — Or Start a New One

The Summer Manuscript Workshop has been so magical, manifesting books in the world every year, we decided to try it in the dark of winter . . . 

TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE WINTER MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP

Online Class Taught by Ariel Gore

January 5th – March 31st

 

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.

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)

The cost of the 12-week workshop is $580 

A $145 deposit saves your spot.

$145 deposit

 

The Devil is Always Whispering

The Literary Kitchen’s Ariel Gore Talks to Narrow River, Wide Sky Author Jenny Forrester about Writing through What Haunts Us

 
On the Colorado Plateau between slot canyons and rattlesnakes, Jenny Forrester grew up with her mother and brother in a single-wide trailer proudly displaying an American flag…
The lyrical Western memoir she’s created from her memories has been called “an unsentimental portrait of small-town Colorado, a formative environment that both oppressed her and shaped her identity.” 
Jenny Forrester knows how to write about place.
Forward Reviews says, “Forrester doesn’t gloss over the difficult parts of her life, but rather tells stories of how that adversity formed a stronger individual.”
Jenny Forrester knows how not to gloss things over.
Many Literary Kitchen writers know Jenny as a student here, as the quiet force behind Portland’s Unchaste Readers Series—and we’ll soon know her as a teacher, too.
Jenny Forrester is breaking ground.
 
How long did it take you to write Narrow River, Wide Sky?
Twenty years to the final draft before publication.

 

Was there anything in taking that time that, in hindsight, feels particularly valuable?

The most valuable part really does seem to be all those years – I had to live and learn and it all took all that time. I wish it hadn’t.

 

The notion of what a memoir can be has changed so much in recent years—is still changing. What are your thoughts on memoir versus fiction in terms of your own creative expression and the stories you want to tell?

Fictionalizing is kind of what memory does. I mean, I’m not a neuroscientist or anything, but memory is a tricky thing. Even vision is tricky.

Stories are tricky, so if we say it’s all fiction, maybe we’re more honest, but I also know the patriarchy loves for us not to believe our memories, not to believe our stories.

I want to tell stories that matter, that could speak to power, that could tear down big men and bring up little women or show the truth that those men aren’t big and those women aren’t little and maybe gender is a fallacy, but patriarchy wants it not to be so it all seems to matter still. There needs to be a certain amount of fiction involved to topple them and bring ourselves and others up. So I trust memory, too. I trust that putting memory to the page matters. So mote it be.

 

As a small-town girl who has lived in the city for much of your life now, and as someone who grew up in conservative country but writes from a progressive, feminist perspective, what do you see as your unique insight into the multi-layered America we’re living in?

I love this question. I’m always thinking of myself as a small-town girl, as someone who’s been, and been among, the conservative mindset. It never feels like I’m safely progressive, fully feminist—the edge is always so close. I guess that’s unique—that I stand on the precipice and never really see things are changing for Them even though I’m part of a different We now. If that makes sense.

 

I mean, How did this Trump thing happen?

Maybe we don’t progress. We learn, we grow. To go back to the source of my understandings of things—the devil is always whispering and hissing. He never ceases to speak in that slithering way. He never rests.

 

One really interesting thing you do from a craft perspective in Narrow River, Wide Sky is the way that you move through time. Did you outline those movements and transitions or do you work more intuitively?

I can’t outline. That might be helpful, but I draw a lot—maps and circles and pies. I learned that from you. The pie thing. Moving through time is like this—sometimes we’re flying along having fun but the horrors are time-slowing.

I gave more words to the slow movements and fewer when I wanted to speed it up—like running. When you sprint, you take many more steps. When you want to cover distance, you stretch out those strides— fewer steps between mesas and mountains to close up the distance.

 

Kirkus calls the book, “A modest, thoughtful memoir that traces hard-won liberation from the past.” How important is liberation from the past? Do you think it’s possible?

I don’t know. Maybe we’re so much a part of the past and the steps we’ve already taken—we keep looking back to see what’s chasing us because it does seem something always is.

We can grow, we can change, we can move and all, but we live where our imprisonments happened or where the imprisoners live, if you will make allowances for that metaphor.

The places that trapped us, the places we left and we keep looking back like, seriously, did you SEE that? That’s how it is for me. Maybe other people can move on without looking back. I’m not them. I just know shapeshifting is temporary. Mostly, we maintain the forms we were born to.

 

So do you think you’re more or less haunted by the past for writing about it?

I used to believe there was some true answer, some redemptive piece of information I could find. Now, though. I do feel less haunted by the things I wrote about. But there are so many things I didn’t include so I am still working on those hauntings. I’m haunted by so much. I suppose we all are. I’m for facing ghosts. I’m for seeking solace. I’m for seeking freedom. I’ll continue.

 

Jenny Forrester’s debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky (Hawthorne Books, 2017) is available wherever books are sold.