Workshops

Saturday Morning Writes

Single workshop

Looking for a welcoming space to write with others on a Saturday? In our Zoom studio, I provide prompts to fire your imagination, and opportunities to read aloud and receive only affirming feedback, following the Amherst Writers and Artists’ method. This two-hour generative workshop is for writers of all levels of confidence and expertise.

$34.00 per workshop

Saturday March 30, 2024, 10:00 am -12:00 pm Pacific Time
Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:00 am -12:00 Pacific Time
Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10:00 am -12:00 Pacific Time

Cultivating Your Poetic Voice

Single workshop

Longing to write poetry that sparkles? This time we’ll have fun with forms, experimenting with hermit crab poems, odes, and more. No prior poetry experience needed, only a desire to be playful. We will read example poems, write our own poems, read aloud, and offer each other affirming feedback.

$34.00

Saturday, April 13, 2024, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time

Pacing for Emotional Impact

Introduction to Craft Magic workshop

Have you ever had an experience where time seemed to stand still? Perhaps the moment you met your true love for the first time or that instant you froze in the face of danger? Curious how to make those experiences (real or imagined) come alive on the page? In this workshop, you will learn how to zoom in and slow down a scene so that your writing can transmit spine-tingling excitement to your reader.

This interactive online workshop is part of Amherst Writers & Writers’ annual fundraiser, Write Around the World. You will receive a mini-lesson, freewriting, discussion of a juicy example, ample time to write your own time-stood-still scene (from life or imagination) and supportive feedback. If you’ve never taken a craft workshop, this one is for you.

Class fee is by donation to Amherst Writers and Artists.

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 10 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time.

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We want you to write with us! We don’t want cost to be a barrier. Writers may request a reduced or waived workshop fee. Email us at wildfernwriters@gmail.com with a brief description of your situation and which workshop you would like to attend.

If you are able to support reduced or waived workshop fees for other writers, your donation in any amount is welcome here.

Are Wild Fern Writers workshops for me?

These workshops are for you if :

  • You are ready to write your truth.
  • You want to write deeply into the heart of things.
  • You are ready to strengthen your writing muscles.
  • You crave a community of writers to inspire and support your writing.
  • You need structure to get writing, but once you get started, there’s no stopping you.
  • You are poised to move out of your comfort zone and make some writing magic!

What to expect at a Wild Fern Writers workshop?

  • Our workshops are designed to offer inspiration, motivation, and camaraderie in a community of writers.
  • In a virtual (Zoom) writing studio, we gather in an intimate group of writers guided by an experienced facilitator.
  • We introduce ourselves and get centered with a brief guided mindfulness exercise.
  • We review the Amherst Writers & Artists’ guiding values and practices. The Amherst Writers & Artists’ method follows two practices that distinguish it from other methods you might be familiar with.
    • First, we treat all writing as art, created narrative, or literature. Even if it is written in the first person, we never assume the writing is autobiographical. While this may feel artificial at first, it allows us as writers and listeners to experience the distance between who we are and how we tell our stories.
    • Second, AWA workshops ask us to listen in a different way than we usually do in our lives. We don’t listen to help the writer or fix the writing. We are asked to leave behind our own experiences and expectations and enter into the universe that the writer has created. We listen for and notice the craft choices a writer has made.
  • We freewrite in response to creative prompts for five, ten or more minutes, followed by an opportunity to read aloud what we’ve written, with or without feedback from other writers. Writers are welcome to write in any genre and reading is always optional.
  • Unlike traditional workshop critiques, when we offer feedback, we focus on what is working well, what is strong, and what is memorable in the writing. We believe newly drafted writing isn’t ready for a full critique, and that affirming feedback helps writers build on their strengths.
  • Workshops often close with the reading of a poem.