Workshops 

Zilka Joseph

Workshops


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zilzone8@gmail.com

  

"I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER MY FEET"

October 5, 11, 18 & 25, 2021!

 

A Monday-Wednesday-Friday Schedule for an Email-based workshop!

 (Four weeks).


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, learn something new, 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 develop skills (and a vocabulary) we need as serious writers and readers. Let's send out our work and be heard!

Workshop Description: 

This workshop is conducted via email only. There will be no Zoom or FaceTime sessions. You will need to keep track of dates and organize your schedule.


In brief: You will receive a handout to read via email each Monday morning. You will write new work, and share it with the group by Wednesday night. You will then read the submissions, write a brief critical response on each poem/piece submitted by a participant and send it to that participant only, by Friday night. Detailed guidelines will be provided when you sign up. Of course, participants are free to submit revised work if they wish, not necessarily new work.
Each participant will receive individual written critiques from me.

 

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

Format:
Monday morning you will receive a poem/piece, song lyrics, lists of lines or words, or even an article, as reading to inspire you and/or to use as a prompt.
By Wednesday night you submit a poem or prose piece to me and to each participant 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 also 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

By Friday night, you send a brief, critical written response to each participant on the poem/piece submitted. 

 

(Participants 4-6 in each group)
 

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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"Chapbook SOFISTIKASHUN"-- personalized coaching to suit your needs.

 

--This workshop will be conducted via email and phone

 

An intensive and personal class that I will design for you!  Prose, poetry, hybrid or experimental writing welcome!

 

We need to tell our stories, we need to preserve our work, our art, we need to sing and be heard! This is the most urgent need of a writer and artist today. These sessions will help you to create a "sofistikated" and unique work of art that celebrates your voice,  and will teach you craft as well as give you the skills/tools to create sophisticated chapbooks. You will polish your work and produce a finished manuscript that you can send to publishers, or (self) publish for your family and friends, or arrange a pamphlet for a special occasion. Instructions will be provided at each step. Arrangement of poems and (narrative) arc will receive primary attention. You will receive typed comments, and individual coaching sessions (via phone or FaceTime). 

 

For more information and a description of the process, please email me at zilzone8@gamil.com

 

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 When things open up and we can meet again, I hope to begin in person classes (like those describes below) again! Please stay in touch, or send a request to be on my mailing list. zilzone8@gamil.com


Write Effects
Tuesday Morning Workshops,



Four Workshops, Tuesdays 
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, 


Four Workshops: Wednesday
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.)