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Chelsey teaches creative writing classes with WOW Women on Writing. Here are her upcoming clsses:

 

The Women Writers' Book Group: How to Write an Essay that Reaches Beyond Personal Experience

Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

START DATE: Monday, May 1, 2017

END DATE: Sunday, May 28, 2017

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this group is to act as a writer’s book group. What that means is that we will read a book together and learn different writing craft techniques from it. This month we will be reading The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison and engage in an online discussion about different craft elements of the book. The book will help to guide our discussions on how to write an essay that reaches beyond personal experience and brings the larger world into our personal writing. Other aspects that we will look at are the use of description, narrative voice, structure, and even grammar and punctuation!

 Sign up for the class HERE.

 

FACE YOUR FEARS: WOMEN WRITERS ANONYMOUS

CLASS DATES: Monday, June 5, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

DURATION:  6 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Face Your Fears: Women Writers Anonymous is a 6-week online creative nonfiction class in which all of the participants are anonymous (with the exception of the instructor). Students will face the stories and situations in their lives that they swore they would NEVER write about, and then not only write them, but also receive feedback based on craft, not content. Students will read assigned essays to see how authors have written about traumatic/shameful events. By the end of the class, students will have a complete draft of their brave essay, as well as the knowledge and skills to help them revise a personal essay in a more objective way. NOTE: this is not group therapy.

Sign up for the course HERE.

 

NOT WHAT BUT HOW: IMPROVING ESSAYS WITH A FOCUS ON CRAFT, NOT CONTENT

START DATE: Monday, July 31, 2017

END DATE: Sunday, August 27, 2017

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: You have a story to tell, but what’s the best way to tell it? Should you write about your relationship with your mother in the first person point of view or second? What about tense? Past, present, future? And how about the actual structure and organization of the story? Is a clear chronology of events the best way to write about your life?

In this four-week class, participants will be provided with 2-3 essays to read every week that will get us to explore different narrative structures. We’ll also look at a number of craft techniques such as juxtaposition, narrative time, rhythm, subtext, and metaphor that can all influence the essay in subtle, yet very significant ways. The goal of this workshop is to discover how the way we decide to tell a story is just as important as the story itself.

Sign up for the course HERE.

 

THE WOMEN WRITERS’ BOOK GROUP: Writing About, Writing with the Body

START DATE: Monday, September 4, 2017

END DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2017

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this group is to act as a writer’s book group. What that means is that we will read a book together and learn different writing craft techniques from it. This month we will be reading Season of the Body by Brenda Miller and engage in an online discussion about different craft elements of the essay collection. The book will help to guide our discussions on how to write about the body, how to bring your own body more into your work, and how to express the body’s movement (and its stillness) on the page. We’ll look at specific craft techniques such as juxtaposition, word choice, imagery, narrative structure, and pace.

Sign up for the course HERE.

 

HUMOR: Your Best Defense Against the Hot Mess That Is the Holiday Season

START DATE: Monday, November 13, 2017

END DATE: Sunday, December 10, 2017

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Holidays are stressful. We know this. What’s the best way to battle the annual holiday-induced chaos? Humor! Because making your relatives die of laughter does not carry the same prison sentence as actually killing them. Starting a few weeks before Thanksgiving, this four-week class will gleefully prance around the different techniques that make a piece of writing humorous.

Participants will be provided with 3-5 essays/stories/odd visuals to read every week that will be our tour guides of sorts in an exploration of literary humor. Focusing on imagery, word choice, format, tone and structure, we’ll discover the various ways we can give readers—and ourselves!—a good chuckle just from the inventive ways we put words on a page. The goal of this workshop is to understand the function of humor in literary texts and how it reaches beyond the ability to entertain. More important, the class will probably become a type of therapy to get you through the holidays. You’re welcome.

Sign up for course HERE.

 

Past Classes Taught:

WRITEFEST HOUSTON

CONFERENCE DATES: March 6-12, 2017

WORKSHOPS:  4 days

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Chelsey will be the nonfiction workshop instructor for Writefest this year. She will also be teaching a mini-workshop, be on a few panels, and will conduct an informative interview about literary journals. Writefest is a week-long writers festival taking place March 6-12th, 2017 in Houston, TX. The festival kicks off with a series of Monday-Friday workshops and culminates in a weekend filled with panels and presentations by local and national writers and literary journal editors of all genres, a Literary Journal Fair, and readings by local and nationally-recognized authors.

Go to www.writefesthouston.com for more details.

 

The Women Writers' Book Group: Building Meaning in a Memoir

Lying by Lauren Slater

DATES: Monday, March 13, 2017 - Sunday, April 9, 2017

DURATION:  4 weeks

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this group is to act as a writer’s book group. What that means is that we will read a book together and learn different writing craft techniques from it. This month we will be reading Lying by Lauren Slater. Reading the memoir as a guide, we will explore the different stages of building an engaging narrative that fully engages the reader. Along with this, we’ll look at what “truth” is in regards to how the narrator grows throughout the memoir. Concentrating on specific craft elements such as voice, tone, structure, organization, description, and word choice, this course will show the possibilities of how we can get our readers hooked on our true stories by toying around with what “truth” in memoir writing means.

Throughout the course, book group members will take turns giving and receiving feedback on participants’ writing, and each participant will receive line edits on her own writing from the instructor every week. Members will also engage in discussions online through the course’s website. The group will be coordinated through email and a private forum. We’ll be reading about 50 pages of the book per week.