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Improvisation is learning to be completely okay with not knowing what the hell you’re doing.

By nature, we memoirists are deep thinkers. Not content to merely understand what happened, we also want to know why it happened, what it meant, and how it changed us. All that thinking is necessary because it helps create riveting memoirs.

But all that thinking can also prevent us from ever writing in the first place. Why? Because thinking can easily lead to over-thinking, over-planning, over-analyzing, second-guessing, perfectionism, procrastination, frustration, and giving up all together.

Sound familiar?

If you’re tired of overthinking your story and are looking for a new (and fun) way to approach your writing, join me for Improvisational Memoir, a six-week generative writing class.

The class is designed around creative principles used by improvisational comedians, actors and musicians, such as:

–Say yes

–Start anywhere

–Use what is given

–Act now

–Discover what comes next

–Make mistakes

Each week, we’ll focus on a different set of improv principles and how they can help with such things as scene setting, emotional depth, character development, and structural issues.

You’ll come to class with a story in mind, and leave with new emotional and psychological insights, an understanding of how events in your story are related, an entirely new approach for getting words on the page, and a stack of new pages.

Best of all, improve will change your relationship with writing. Improv will help you gain the courage to move from one word to the next without any clue where you’re headed. Improv will free you from having such rigid expectations. Improv will help you learn how to get–and stay–in motion. And, improv will help you come to page with curiosity.

Although designed for memoirists, this class will be useful to any kind of creative writer including those working on personal essays, prose poetry, short stories, novels, travel writing, humor writing, and other forms of narrative nonfiction.

Class size is limited so don’t delay!

Note: This class is designed to help you create new work, not workshop existing material. In fact, you don’t have to share a word if you don’t want to!

Dates: Six Wednesdays, from September 13 to October 18

Time: Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:00

Cost: $199

Location: Zoom


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