Every month, Ethical ELA hosts a five-day “Open Write” and invites English Language Arts teachers to join in! ELA is broadly defined to include active and retired K-12 and college/university teachers as well as teachers of English and language arts in a variety of settings. The Open Write is five days of poetry writing developed by different educators with 30 to 100 of teachers participating at various times and thousands observing and borrowing resources. Founded by Sarah Donovan in 2005, this remains a free and ad-free event. I personally participate in this event and look forward to it every month! Some months I miss, sometimes I miss a poem or two, and I know some who visit each month for the prompts but never post them to the site, and that’s okay – however you choose to approach it.
Sarah offers these simple guidelines for first-timers:
Every year literary magazine The Daphne Review hosts an online mentorship program for rising seniors. This year they will be hosting three sessions. The first session will take place from July 25 – August 15. In these sessions 5-7 students work with professional writers on a one-on-one basis. See their ad in the NewPages Classifieds to learn more. Mentors and students need to apply for Session I by July 11.
Brilliant Flash Fiction is offering Brilliant Endings for Flash Fiction Writing Workshop with Todd Mitchell on Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 12:00noon – 1:00pm (Mountain Time/Denver, CO, USA). The workshop aims to help writers “learn about creating dazzling endings for your flash fiction stories.” Mitchell is an award-winning author and director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University. The suggested donation to attend is $10.
Stubborn Writers Workshop—multigenre, come and get feedback on your prose or poetry and workshop with other CR readers and writers. 7/30/22, 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UTC-0/8pm CET, 2 hours, $25
6 Weeks, 6 Poems—beginners and advanced poets alike will find the inspiration, community, and tools to write six new poems in six weeks. Each poet will also have a chance to workshop once during the class. 6 Sundays from 7/10-8/14, 11am PT/2pm ET/7pm UTC-0/8pm CET, 1.5 hour sessions, $200
Writer and cartoonist Alyssa Graybeal is inviting participants to join her Group Coaching for Crip Memoirists. Identifying as “queer crip editor/book coach and award-winning memoirist,” Graybeal’s mission is to “ignite budding crip memoirists to start writing their books with confidence” in an effort to “untangle ableism” and empower marginalized communities of all kinds. If you are a writer who identifies as disabled, chronically ill, or neurodiverse, and you’re “ready to take down ableism through storytelling,” Graybeal promises a “superchill, supportive environment” to help get you started – or perhaps continue – to develop your story to share with others. The 60-minute weekly group sessions start on Monday, July 11, 2022. Find more details at her website here. Graybeal’s manuscript, Floppy: Tales of a Genetic Freak of Nature at the End of the World won the 2020 Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award and is forthcoming Spring 2023.
Join us for the Willow Writers Retreat in Hermann, Missouri July 10-14. Sumptuous breakfasts, yoga, wineries. Discussions led by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. Topics include Writing Strong Characters; Creating a Sense of Place; Believable Dialogue. Before May 31: $350.00; Before June 15: $400.00; After June 15: $450.00. Accommodations separate, contact the Inn at Hermanhoff for reduced rate: (573) 486-5199. Visit website or call (954) 806-3878.
Reclaim your writing spark! Sumptuous breakfasts, yoga, wineries. Discussions led by Susan Isaak Lolis, a published and award-winning writer. Topics include: Writing Strong Characters; Creating a Sense of Place; Believable Dialogue. Before May 31: $350.00; Before June 15: $400.00; After June 15: $450.00. Accommodations separate, contact the Inn at Hermanhoff for reduced rate: (573) 486-5199. Visit website.
Join us in the beautiful Taos, New Mexico, for an award-winning writers conference over the weekend of 7/29-7/31/22 for over twenty workshops in every genre and keynote speaker/author: Ana Castillo. Confirmed faculty include Leeanna Torres, Don Cellini, EJ Levy, T.J. English, Juan Morales, Connie Josefs, Amy Beeder, and many more. For further information visit website, call 575-758-0081, or email.
Coastal Shelf online literary magazine has offered two Online Generative Poetry Workshop this spring/summer that offer participants “generative exercises and prompts” as well as taking “a deep-dive” into several literary magazines to better understand possible markets. The next workshop is 6 weekly 90-minute meetings: July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7. Participation is capped to “ensure good interaction and value,” and participants can also request one-on-one sessions. The money generated from these workshops goes towards paying Coastal Shelf authors. For more information, visit the Coastal Shelf website here.