In addition to a full schedule of workshops, we will continue with free writes, open mics, and writing circles.
If you withdraw from a workshop or class:
Please note that notification of withdrawal must be processed via email firstname.lastname@example.org. If IWWG must cancel a class for any reason, we will give you a full refund or, if you choose, a credit in the amount of your payment, to be used for any future class or event.
"Sound, Setting, and Syntax: Recipe For a Southern Writing Revival": making your writing as savory and flavorful as Southern gumbo
October 12 and October 19, 2022
Jambalaya and Gumbo are essentially mixtures of lots of flavors that compliment each other to make the tastiest meal-- much like the craft od writing. In this workshop, we'll use the Southern writing tradition as an example of how all the best ingredients should work together. Ever had a meal that made you feel like you'd had a spiritual experience? That hit you on a physical and soul level? Well that's what writing should do. Ignite our senses!
In this workshop, Khalisa will guide the class on what we need to make your writing sound, look, and feel like a revival and a soul meal. To stir the spirit, shake the soul, and awaken something that had been dormant.
The recipe: sound, setting, and syntax that reads like scripture. This workshop will cover Southern sounds, the importance of setting, and language/jargon/syntax will look at the Southern writers Paul Lawrence Dunbar, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and other writers.
Khalisa Rae is an award-winning poet, educator, and journalist in Durham, NC. She is the author of the debut poetry collection, Ghost in a Black Girl's Throat (Red Hen Press 2021), and Contributing Writer for Kindred. Her essays are featured in Autostraddle, Catapult, LitHub, as well as articles in Jezebel, Blavity, Bitch Media, NBC-BLK, and others. Her poetry appears in Southern Humanities Review, Gravy, Frontier Poetry, Florida Review, Rust & Moth, PANK, HOBART, among countless others. She is the winner of the Appy Award, Vulgar Genius, Bright Wings Poetry contest, the Furious Flower Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, among other prizes. As a former Winter Tangerine, Frost Place and Watering Hole fellow, she is currently the EIC of Think in Ink BIPOC collective. Her YA novel in verse, Unlearning Eden, is forthcoming.
Are you a fan of Bree Baker’s Seaside Café Mysteries? What about the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James? Do you find yourself watching British detective shows like Father Brown and Midsomer Murders? Are you completely hooked on the new Jane Seymour series Harry Wild? If so, you are a fan of a mystery subgenre called a Cozy.
According to book sale statistics, romance is the best-selling genre of commercial fiction, followed by the crime/mystery genres. But what is a cozy mystery?
In this two-part workshop, you’ll write a cozy mystery with best-selling author Abby VanDiver. Abby is the author of several popular cozy mysteries, like her Ice Cream Parlor series. She has the inside scoop (pun intended) for you and will take you through all the steps to getting your cozy mystery ready for publication. Here’s what Abby will cover in the workshop:
As a special bonus Abby will show you how to format your manuscript from the beginning in MS WORD so it is ready to be self-published if that is your choice.
Not only are cozies fun to read, but the sleuths in these stories are almost always educated, independent women who rely on their intuition to ferret out the criminal among the denizens of the cozy world they inhabit.
WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY and internationally bestselling author, Abby L. Vandiver, who also writes as Abby Collette, has always enjoyed writing. Combining that with her love of mystery she has published using a Hybrid approach, self-published and been traditionally published. Abby has penned more than twenty books and short stories. Her cozy mystery series, the Ice Cream Parlor series, is published with Penguin Berkley. Abby has authored her first Women’s Fiction novel, Where WildPeaches Grow, under the pen name Cade Bentley for Lake Union Publishing (coming August 2022). Abby resides in South Euclid, Ohio and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and facilitating self-publishing and writing classes online with Cleveland Literary and at her local library. Learn more at https://authorabby.com.
In a new way to explore our memories, we’ll combine magical realism—-a real world setting with an element of the fantastical—-to infuse our memories with a touch of magic that can lend a sense of empowerment to our stories.
Anne Eston is the author of short stories, poems, nonfiction and magical realism. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. She has taught memoir and intuitive writing at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, CA, and led intuitive writing workshops at Mystic Journey Bookstore in Venice, CA, and online for the Women’s Circle at the Watershed Farm in Ringgold, GA. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two cats.