Introducing: Gallant Writing Workshop
Where It Started
In August of last year I organized a writing workshop to pressure myself back into creative writing. It was a purely selfish endeavor and I had no idea whether or not anybody would want to join, especially when workshops are facilitated by me.
I had never headed anything like this, and was unsure where I would even be able to hold these workshops without having to charge people to help rent a space. Coffee shops were out of the question. Too public for me and I didn't want to have to buy coffee every damn time. I don't even drink coffee anymore.
But the universe must have been listening because out of the blue, good ol' Julie Leopo, my photographer friend, connected me with Marytza Rubio, founder of Makara Center for the Arts - the non-profit library that has become the home of this writing workshop.
The first iteration of the workshop welcomed writers of all types of mediums: comics, essays, novels, everything. But the overwhelming tendency for writers was to create short stories.
Where It's Going
So, starting Monday, February 5, my new Gallant Short Story Writing Workshop will begin. It's held MFA-style, so every meeting we will discuss a published short story and critique the work of two writers who have signed up for that night. Meetings are every other Monday. In the first 6 meetings, we'll focus on first drafts. In the second 6 meetings, we'll focus on critiquing second drafts so everyone gets an understanding of the revision process.
This workshop is not a how-to class with 5 minute writing exercises or anything like that. It's not super academic either, because I am not an expert. It's simply a meeting where people share their work to have it critiqued by fresh eyes, because it's hard to write in a vacuum.
It's totally FREE. Happens every other Monday at Makara Center for the Arts. All writing levels are welcome. But please note it is a minor commitment that requires genuine interest in developing yourself as a writer and respect for the hard work of others in the workshop.
To sign up or get more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll also send you an orientation fact-sheet for the full run-down of how this workshop works.
And if you have any questions, just email or comment below!