workshops

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

More online writing workshops for beginners, intermediate, and advanced writers of all genres are currently in the works; stay tuned!

Writing & Wellness workshops coming soon!

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For INDIVIDUAL CONSULTATIONS, including manuscript consultations; please don’t hesitate to contact me at shirad@earthlink for rates & scheduling!

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Blazing Creative Writing Workshops for Grades 6–8
A series of weekly 1-hour online after-school workshops during November 2020
Please email me for more info!

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Chance Operations Creative Writing Workshop
International Women Writers’ Guild
Friday Oct.16 • 1PM-2:30PM EST; register here

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Mark-Making ~ The Interplay of Eye and Ear in Poetry
Thursday evenings Oct. 8 •  Oct. 15 •  Oct. 22 •  Oct. 29 •  6PM–7:30PM CST
Iowa City Poetry
You can get more info & sign up here!

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Chance Operations Online Workshop: Writer as Scavenger, Collector, & Composer
Saturday, September 26, 2020, 12:30PM–4:30PM EST
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY
You can get more info & sign up here!

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Chance Operations Online Workshop
Thursday evenings in August 2020, 6:30PM–8PM EST
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH
You can get more info & sign up here!

This August is Chance Operations month at the Word Barn on Thursday evenings, 6:30PM–8PM! In this poetry and flash prose workshop, we’ll experiment with different types of chance operations, approaching our imaginations through the back door, so to speak, as opposed to the front door. There’s an expansive tradition of literary works composed using chance operations including the cento which is thought to have originated in the 3rd or 4th century. We’ll read and discuss exemplary short literary works and art composed via chance operations as models for our own play. We’ll scavenge our dreams and environments (indoors/outdoors) for found language and forms such as lists and dictionary entries with which to compose poems or flash prose. We’ll keep a dream notebook, and experiment with erasures, Ouilipo constraints and our own constraints, sound and visual media, and published texts as scaffolding for our own texts. While chance operations is, well, chancy, many sublime creative works have resulted through its “accidents.” This is a great workshop for those who feel blocked or in a writing rut, or who would like to open/add another approach to their writing toolbox, or who would like to gain more flexibility, stamina, and self-trust with bridging their unconscious flow with their conscious process.

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Nonfiction Writing Workshop
August 2 & 3, 2019St. August Occasion Weekend Writing Retreat
Harding Farm, Clinton, NY (right by Hamilton College)

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Writing the Prose Poem, Part II
June 9, 2019
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Writing the Prose Poem
March 9 & 10, 2019
The Word Barn, Exeter, NH

This two-day intensive workshop will consist of generative exercises and workshop.  We’ll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading and discussing prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. Each hour we’ll enter a different portal to this liminal space, shifting our starting point from objects to metaphysics to social autobiography to the surreal. The question, “What is a prose poem?,” has been notoriously difficult to answer, and we will embark on an open-ended journey. Since form can be viewed in relation to its content, the prose poem is perhaps a most uncontained form (despite its formal regularity on the page). Together, we will plumb this textual and textural space, the nascent matter in your own generative imagination. As prelude to each day’s class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workshop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.

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Writing the Prose Poem, Part I
November 10,  2018, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

This one-day intensive workshop will consist of generative exercises and workshop.  We’ll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading and discussing prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. Each hour we’ll enter a different portal to this liminal space, shifting our starting point from objects to metaphysics to social autobiography to the surreal. The question, “What is a prose poem?,” has been notoriously difficult to answer, and we will embark on an open-ended journey. Since form can be viewed in relation to its content, the prose poem is perhaps a most uncontained form (despite its formal regularity on the page). Together, we will plumb this textual and textural space, the nascent matter in your own generative imagination. As prelude to each day’s class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workshop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.

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