Writing Workshops

"With what words do you want to pain your world?"

Online Creative Awareness & Writing Workshop 2011 – Session 2

The next creative writing session will begin Sunday May 15th, 2011.  The workshop will span a total of three months (12 weeks).

In participating, you will receive :
  • Four assignments to be completed on a bi-weekly basis, and one mini-assignment to be done during the first week.
  • One major project or story draft to be finished by the end of the workshop.
  • Detailed feedback on the assignments and project provided by myself.
  • Feedback on assignment and project pieces from the other participants.
  • An opportunity to give to others by reading their work and helping to improve their writing through feedback.

The workshops is held online through a private, password-protected forum, where writing will be exchanged.  The group will consist of six to eight participants, thus spaces are limited.

The cost for the workshop is $60 – that’s less than $5 per week!  [If you have participated in a session before, you are eligible for a discount.]  Payments can be made via paypal, check (your spot will not be reserved until I have cashed the check) or in person if you reside in Montreal.

Topics I am presently considering for the assignments:
1.      Creative Biography – Viewing ourselves as characters and our lives as stories.
2.      Sensory Details & Feeling -- Their absolute importance in creative writing
3.      Life's Complex Characters – appreciating the complexity of people
      and transferring this into our writing.
4.      Active Listening & Interesting Dialogue – To write good dialogue, we must be aware of how people speak, and of what they speak.
5.      Masks – The acting concept used to become our characters.
6.      Meaning-Centered Writing – People read not only for entertainment and information, but also for meaning.  Ultimately, we are all trying to figure out what the meaning of life is, in some way or other.
         7.   Taking Risks in Writing and Life – In the words of Sol Stein “A long
               time ago I took an oath never to write anything inoffensive.”
         8.   Problem Solving & Creativity – A problem-centered approach to
I reserve the right to change these topics during the workshop.  I tend to write the assignments as the workshop progresses, and sometimes inspiration carries me in a totally new direction.  But I trust that the assignments will be worthwhile, as I put a lot of my energy into them.

If you are interested in participating, reserve your spot
by contacting me at julia_herzog@yahoo.com.

Please also take the time to read the paragraph below.

The workshops are an excellent opportunity for a shared experience.  There is something magical that happens when a community of people come together to share in an activity, and for some reason they manage to accomplish together something which could not be accomplished if each was left on their own.  The workshops are designed to foster interaction between members, and to become engaged with one another's writing.  I would like to emphasize here that the workshop will try to create a supportive not destructive environment.  We are coming together to help each other grow as writers, to support each others’ efforts, and offer helpful critical commentary to aid one another's writing improve. We are not here to tear one another’s writing apart.  There is a difference between a helpful critique, and destructive commentary.  Furthermore, if you are only looking to practice your own writing, and looking to receive feedback without giving any, this is not the place for you.  I am looking for people who are genuinely interested in sharing, in helping each other flower in a supportive setting.  I also believe that in helping others you will discover that you are also helping yourself.  I am not exaggerating when I say that my own writing receives a kind of strength and energy when I am helping others to write, and this energy simply isn’t there otherwise.  I cannot offer you an explanation of why this is so, but in my experience this has been the case.