Meet the teacher
I won the Graywolf Nonfiction Prize for my essay collection, The Collected Schizophrenias, which also went on to win the Whiting Award and to become a New York Times bestseller. I've been a visiting professor at the San Jose State MFA program, and have taught hundreds of students the art of personal nonfiction writing; I also wrote The Collected Schizophrenias while coping with an assortment of debilitating chronic illnesses.
I'm here to help you crack through your blocks and find a more exhilarating way to write while living with limitations.
foUNDER of the unexpected shape™
devastatingly fond of potato skins
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Oh, and a big, solid project inspired by your revived creative practice would be lagniappe*. (I promise that it's absolutely possible.)
*how they say "bonus" in New Orleans
What is writer’s block, anyway? Not everyone’s writer’s block looks the same, and the way you approach yours will be different for you and you alone. I’ll talk about what writer’s block can be for different people, as well as the nuance and many layers that make up “writer’s block.”
Setting goals and creating a writing routine. As part of overcoming writer’s block, we’ll talk about the different ways that goals can encourage you—rather than intimidate—as well as several ways to make different writing routines, depending on your circumstances.
Writing exercises and prompts to inspire creativity. Time to PLAY! You’ll experiment and be encouraged to explore different genres and experiment with different writing styles, effective brainstorming, and developing compelling people for your prose.
Resources and tools to assist writers in their creative process. We’ve got a heap of resources and tools for you to continue your practice and zoom forward with new momentum even after your One-Day experience.
Feedback and engage in a supportive writing community. You'll also be able to join a special Discord channel of people like you, all dedicated to working together—for those people who would rather not go it alone. But we’re also starting to play with Mural, which is a whiteboard site that we’ll be able to us for making community connections and sharing ideas and writing prompt results in a truly fun, aesthetically pleasing way.
Choose a day to take part in your own, personal One Day Writing Kickstart, mark it on your calendar, and GO.
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