I don't subscribe to the mythology that writing is only for the gifted, the "Artistic," the solitary or addicted. Are some writers better than others? Sure. Is there a relationship between good writing and discipline? I think so.  

But this idea that you're either a writer or you're not seems a little too black and white. It sounds like a good way for the world to miss out on a lot of great voices and stories.

Maybe you're a published author or a freelance writer. Maybe you're a recovering academic or total newbie. Maybe you're mid-project or no project or have no idea what you need other than a new direction. Whatever your background or whatever your future writing goals, I invite you to join me for my next 8-week writing workshop. 


Who can join?

All skill levels, all genres are welcome to attend.

What will we do each time we meet?

Each workshop centers around writing from a series of different prompts. Our time together is meant to get the pen moving, generate new material, or provide you with time to continue working on something already in process.

I've heard horror stories about workshops. Work being redlined and torn apart. How are your workshops different?

Newly born, fresh out-of-our brains work deserves a soft place to land. When we respond to a prompt, we create words that didn't exist ten, fifteen, twenty minutes ago. Let's not bludgeon them to death! When we share new work, we focus only on what is strong and what sticks with us.

Will there be time for a more thorough review if we want it?

Yes. Critique, questions and suggestions are available during a manuscript review. Each participant may submit up to four poems or 15 double-spaced pages of a manuscript once during the eight weeks for workshop review. In these reviews, the feedback will always be balanced, highlighting both what is strong and what still leaves the reader with questions or suggestions for improvements. 

We are here to build voices and create stories, not destroy the fruits of courage, inspiration and intuition.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Thanks to a generous contribution from a thoughtful donor, there are two half-scholarships available. That means the total cost of the 8-week workshop is only $150. If you are interested in applying for one of these awards, please email a statement of need (no more than 300 words please) to KATE at AIMINGFOROKAY dot COM.

Have another question?

Email kate at aimingforokay dot com.

Kate Parrish is an MFA candidate with a concentration in nonfiction writing at the University of the South's Sewanee School of Letters. She is also an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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