Workshops 

Zilka Joseph



Upcoming Workshop! 

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zilzone8@gmail.com


"I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET"


New Workshop! Starts Monday August 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020
Monday-Wednesday-Friday Cycle!


Our lives have changed drastically. We adjust everyday to a new normal, and our days collapse into one big blur. The very ground beneath our feet is moving. As writers we are constantly trying to make sense of this world and our feelings, and sometimes we need a boost to help us focus and be creative. This workshop is aimed at inspiring you, setting up a routine, and keeping you on your toes! Let’s be alert and articulate and adventurous. Let’s have a clear plan. Let’s develop skills (and a vocabulary) we need as serious writers and readers. Let's send out our work and be heard!

Description: 
You will receive something to read each Monday, write new work, and share it with the group on Wednesday. You will then write a brief critical response on each poem/piece submitted and send it to the participant(s) concerned by Friday. (Guidelines will be provided when you sign up). Of course participants are free to submit any work they wish to, not necessarily new work.
Each participant will receive individual written critiques from me.


Prose and poetry. Fiction, CNF, memoir, drama, hybrid forms, experimental work and anything in between welcome! Those who are getting ready to send out their work, more experienced writers, and those exploring writing--all will receive critical feedback. All levels of writers welcome.

Format:
Mondays you will receive a poem/piece, song lyrics, lists of line or words, or even an article, as reading to inspire you and/or to use as a prompt.
Wednesday morning you submit a poem or prose piece to me and the participants of the workshop. You are free to write/send what you like, (even something you’ve written previously), and experiment with hybrid forms. You may send a new version of something that you wrote for this workshop and then revised using comments we sent).
One poem, 1-2 pages, single spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman
or prose/drama/hybrid
4-6 pages, double spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman
Friday night, you send a brief, critical written response to the writer for the poem/piece submitted. 

(Participants 6-8)

Cost: $120
 

Please email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list please email me at zilzone8@gmail.com  Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks!


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Write Effects
Tuesday Morning Workshops, March, 2020


Four Workshops, Tuesday March 3, 10, 17 & 24
10 am to Noon
Cost: $100. $55 for two classes if there is room.
Venue: TBA

An informative and slower-paced workshop for anyone who loves to write!  Do you want to learn craft and the tools of writing? Are you looking for professional guidance that will help you develop your knowledge, skill and especially your voice, no matter if you are a beginner or have been published before? Whatever your needs or  level of knowledge/writing, bring your poems/ prose pieces, meditations,  ramblings, and anything in between, and you will receive advice on how to shape your work into an effective piece of writing. 

Workshop Description: In this workshop we will read your poems/pieces and offer helpful critiques. The instructor will ask essential questions and provide focused comments/suggestions for your work. Prose and poetry. Fiction, CNF, memoir, drama, hybrid forms, experimental work and anything in between welcome! Those who are getting ready to send out their work, more experienced writers, and those exploring writing--all will receive critical feedback and guidance. All levels of writers and all genres will benefit from the advice and suggestions!
Bring 1 poem, 1-2 pages, single spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman preferably 
OR 4-6 pages of prose, (one continuous piece/work)double spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman preferably

*If for any reason you are unable to attend a session, I'll critique one poem (upto 2 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced) or a piece/prose (up to 6 pages), 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced) sent to me by the end of the week.

Email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list please email me at zilzone8@gmail.com  Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks!
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​Wordplay: 
Wednesday Morning Workshops, March, 2020


Four Workshops: Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18 &25
10 am to 12 pm
Cost*: $120 for 4 sessions. 

$100 for 3,  $65 for 2, $35 for one session, if there is room
Venue: TBD


Pay attention to every word and make it count! Read closely and critically and make your work stronger! Polish your work and get it published!

Workshop Description: This is a fast-paced workshop! We will start with a short craft discussion based on samples from a handout, read your poems/pieces and offer honest critiques. The instructor will ask essential questions and provide focused comments/suggestions for your work. Prose fiction, CNF, memoir, hybrid forms, experimental work and anything in between welcome! This workshop is designed to help writers prepare work for publication and who want professional critiques, and also for those who are beginning to explore writing but want to learn at a quick pace--they will certainly benefit from this focussed and no-nonsense workshop! 

Bring 4-6 pages of prose (one continuous piece/work) double spaced, 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman
or 1-2 pages of poetry (one poem), single spaced, 12 point font, preferably Times New Roman

*If for any reason you are unable to attend a session, I will email you the handout, and I'll critique one poem (upto 2 pages, 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced) or a piece/prose (upto 6 pages), 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced) sent to me by the end of the week.

Email me directly to sign up. If you are not on my mailing list please email me at zilzone8@gmail.com  Please write Creative Writing Workshop in your subject line. Thanks!


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(Photos of events in the slideshow taken by John Joseph, Charlee Brodsky, Usha Akella, and some are photos of book covers.)