Memory Emotion Body

the storyteller's first tools

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The best storytellers move their readers, whether to laughter, tears, or some other point on the spectrum of human emotion. In order to write emotionally evocative, sensory rich, compelling narratives, we must mine our wellspring of personal experiences using the storyteller’s first set of tools: our memory, emotion, and body.

In this 4-week workshop, we will meet over Zoom to explore our own First Tools in a safe, supportive small group. Whether you want to have readers in stitches over the best rom-com in print or get them weeping over your tragic heroine’s epic fate, you’ll come away with the know-how to transform your critical story moments into powerfully memorable scenes.

This is a generative workshop. Together, we will examine published works of both fiction and memoir, do writing exercises designed to tap into our First Tools, and produce a draft of a short piece (story, essay, or chapter) to workshop in the final class. This workshop is for both fiction and creative nonfiction writers.


 

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All participants in this workshop have the option* to submit 10 pages of writing (~ 2,500 words) to Alida for insightful, detailed, written feedback from the sentence to global level, followed by a 30-minute call with Alida to discuss your work, ask your questions. It does not need to be the same work you bring to the class workshop. Get feedback on something different or a rewrite of the workshopped piece--writer's choice!

You'll be surprised how much feedback you get on 10 pages and we can so much more than you might think in 30 minutes!

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Course Curriculum


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  Week 1: January 21, 2021
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  Week 2: January 28, 2021
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  Week 3: February 4, 2021
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  Week 4: February 11, 2021
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Schedule

Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Central*

January 21, 28

February 4, 11

*Check a timezone converter for your local time.

**Seats are limited.

 

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Alida continues to provide invaluable assistance in the creation of my novels. She definitely took the rough draft of my concept to a higher level. With her direction and encouragement, my development as a writer progressed immensely. Her coaching improved my writing techniques. I found her insights into all the aspects of my story and characters indispensable. I would still be fumbling around in the dark without her. She’s a great coach!

Having published several novels, she completely understands the hurdles facing authors. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to produce outstanding writing.

Mark Cherniack, another blooming novelist.

Alida's material is clear, concise, and full of applicable-right-now exercises. I feel equipped not only to develop amazing characters but gripping arcs and intriguing themes. I will definitely be revisiting these processes over and over as I develop new characters. This course is worth every cent and every second spent in it. Thank you for taking my writing to the next level!

Kathryn Arnold, writer

 

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Your Instructor


Alida Winternheimer
Alida Winternheimer

Alida Winternheimer is an award-winning author and experienced teacher, editor, and writing coach. Her books include the Story Works Guide to Writing Fiction Series, the Skoghall Mystery Series, and A Stone’s Throw. She’s published numerous short stories, two of which were nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Alida is the creator and host of two literary podcasts: Story Works Round Table, conversations about craft; and Story Works Reading Series, a literary journal for your ears.

Every day, Alida helps writers write better through her craft books, the Story Works Fiction online school, free writing tips, and her podcasts. When she's not writing or teaching, you can spot her around Minneapolis on her bike, in her kayak, or being walked by her golden retriever. Find Alida at www.StoryWorksPodcast.com.


I look forward to guiding this creative inquiry into writing from memory, emotion, and body. I hope you’ll take this journey with me and our fellow writers. It is sure to be as enriching as it is challenging, from both a craft and personal perspective. What better way to embark on an adventure than together?

~ Alida

Need a scholarship? I am able to offer limited pay-what-you-can seats in workshops. Contact me to see if one is available for this course. [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00 Central* January 21, 28 February 4, 11 *Use a time zone converter to find your local time
How long do I have access to the course?
For the duration of the workshop. Due to the potentially sensitive nature of workshop content, the workshop sessions will not be made available as recordings. This is LIVE workshop in a virtual classroom. Please treat it as you would a classroom in a physical building you have to drive to.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
If you are unsatisfied with this workshop, please contact Alida to discuss your concerns. Refund Policy: Because this is a live workshop, you are responsible to attend the calls just as you would a regular (non-virtual) classroom. Full or partial refunds will not be issued for failure to attend, except in extreme circumstances.
I want to write about something difficult, possibly traumatic. Should I take this workshop?
Yes, with caution. We are not taking a therapeutic approach to writing. That said, this workshop is intended to be a safe space for all participants to explore whatever memories, emotions, and embodied experiences they choose. If something is too painful or recent to effectively work with during the workshop, please choose to write about something else. You will take away everything you learn during the workshop to use when it is time to approach this more difficult experience.
What is the class size?
Small! This live workshop is kept small to create an intimate learning experience with time for everyone to actively participate.