Will you nurture your writing with an online class?

Whether you’re a new writer or advanced, sometimes the structure of a class can inspire and support you. With feedback that focuses on what’s working well in a poem or piece of creative nonfiction, flexible themes, and all-important prompts and deadlines, my classes are designed to help you produce new work.

 

FREE MONTHLY WORKSHOP!

The next one will be Sunday, December 11, 2022, 12-2pm Central Time. We’ll discuss as many pieces (poems or short creative nonfiction) as we can in two hours. My guess is that we’ll get through 5-6, but no promises. I’ll do it first-come, first-served. You can certainly attend without having your piece workshopped, but I’ll encourage you to participate in discussion. How do you get the Zoom link to join? You email me for it! kriegelwriter@gmail.com

 

 

CURRENT/UPCOMING CLASSES

January-February 2023

Theme: Newness

Everything was new once: your favorite jeans, your rusty car with one window that won’t roll down, a relationship, the town you live in (new to you, at least). How do we approach new things in our lives? With fear, anticipation, wonder, hope, openness, disbelief? And this time of year, when we are getting used to our new gifts, trying to start new habits, making new resolutions, and wondering what the new year will bring, we’re especially focusing on that sense of newness. Let’s explore that concept in poems and essays together. Offered in both a synchronous Zoom workshop and an asynchronous online format to suit your schedule or preference.

Synchronous

January 10-February 7, every Tuesday evening 7-9pm Eastern Time (5 sessions)

Class is limited to SIX participants.

$149

15% discount for folks who have taken any online classes with me in the past ($126–send me an email and I’ll send you a payment request for this amount)

LOGISTICS: I’ll email you a sample piece and optional prompt one week before each workshop session. Each piece will be workshopped for approximately 20 minutes, which includes time spent reading the poem/flash essay aloud, so please understand that long pieces will cut into discussion time. Everyone will send their pieces to the class through Zoom chat when the class begins, so we can all have the relevant piece open on our computers during discussion. Please note that I have my own specific rules for workshopping, which I have found over years of teaching serve to support a positive workshop experience. Language matters: we will discuss and respond to participant poems and essays, not “critique” them. Workshop will include praise, interpretation, questions, and suggestions. Comments will be as specific as possible, and discussion will include why and how writerly choices affect the reader. More information on workshop format will be provided with the first writing prompt.

Asynchronous

January 11-February 8 (4 prompts)

$129

15% discount for folks who have taken any online classes with me in the past ($109–send me an email and I’ll send you a payment request for this amount)

 

PAST CLASSES

 

SYNCHRONOUS ZOOM WORKSHOP         Light        Wednesdays 7-9pm Eastern time         November 2, 16, 30, December 7, 14 [FIVE SESSIONS]       2022

As daylight wanes across the northern hemisphere, light becomes as important as weather to many of us. How do we write about light and its sources, about darkness and its metaphors?

 

ASYNCHRONOUS        Hauntings         October 5-Nov 2, 2022

I couldn’t resist the urge to explore this topic during this month. “What haunts you?” is a question ripe for exploration in a poem or essay. Maybe it’s something you did or said, or didn’t do/say. Maybe it’s the knowledge of your mother’s unfulfilled dreams, or a choice made, or a literal haunting (my dad was convinced his childhood house was haunted). I will provide examples, writing prompts, and written feedback. You will be asked to provide written responses to two classmates (randomly assigned) per assignment.

 

ASYNCHRONOUS        There Was a Jar        November 9-Dec 7, 2022

As Wallace Stevens writes in his famous poem “Anecdote of the Jar,” an object can profoundly affect the space around it, or be profoundly affected by that space. Objects carry memories and reveal personality, socioeconomic status, background, and even values. They can also be profoundly metaphorical.

Price: $129

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NOTE: I have 20+ years experience teaching creative writing (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction) at the college and university level, and over 10 years as co-founder and editor of a literary magazine and chapbook press. I focus on helping writers accomplish what they want to do, rather than dictating a particular aesthetic or approach. This blog post of mine might help explain my philosophy. Students have had poems and essays they produced in my online classes published in Brevity, The Rupture, Still: The Journal, Terrain, and more.