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May Intensive with Ariel Gore

This year we’re offering the spring intensive taught by Ariel Gore in late May. You’ll get 12 assignment in 12 days May 20th to May 31st. The intensives allow you to generate lots of new material quickly & get lots of feedback. Great for jump starting your creative brain or a new project.

The intensive costs $145. You can pay right here:

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Blocks and Traumas: Jamming Through, Moving On and Getting Back into Your Groove

8-week Summer Class with Inga Muscio

June 1 – July 30

Dealing with a happy life-changing event (birth, graduation, marriage, falling in love) can be just as unsettling to your life as a sad one (death, depression, violence, a break up). I designed this class because whenever one life’s little jackass interruptions comes my way, I had a tendency to reel and freak out, thus taking me even further away from whatever centering and productive creative project I am working on. I came to realize that life’s little jackass interruptions are not the problem. The problem was my way of dealing. So I developed a system to keep my creative patterns intact, no matter what.

Most people do not think happy events are problematic, but they are. Anything that significantly alters Life As You Knew It creates upheaval, and upheaval does not generally serve creativity. How can you facilitate the dust settling? This class will help you figure that one out.

Negative events obviously impact your creative flow, as do emotional blocks. Writing is a great way to get back into stride and move through the sadness, grief or depression, but when it takes a pile driver to get you out of bed, writing seems an a faraway dream from pixie-dust lands.

This class isn’t just for writers. Whether you’re working on a long-term writing project or haven’t written since your book report days, we’re gonna work out a system to help you get back, and stay in, a nice groove.

Class size is strictly limited, so please sign up early!

Class cost: $275

$75 deposit saves your spot


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Lit Star Summer Session with Ariel Gore

June 15 – mid-August

A new session of Lit Star Training — the 8-week writing course taught by Ariel Gore — starts June 15th and runs through mid-August. 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 $275 — a $90 deposit will hold your spot. You can pay the deposit right here:


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NEW! Turning Life into Literature: Reading and Writing the New Memoir

Taught by Ariel Gore

June 29 – August 24

We’ll spend the summer sharpening our craft by delving into eight classic memoirs of the 20th and 21st centuries (as well as selected passages from eight more). With group discussion and short writing exercises based on our readings, we’ll deepen our understanding of the evolving art of the contemporary memoir and come away prepared to tell our stories not just as whiney kids who know how to write but as literary artists working in a real and radical tradition. This class will require reading a book a week (reading list will be available a few weeks early so that slower readers can get a head start) and will include shorter writing exercises than the regular Lit Star Training class.

The class costs $265 — a deposit of $85 saves your spot

You can pay right here:

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 throughly 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

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