Glenda Reed teaches writing classes and mentors through various venues around the Twin Cities, including the Loft Literary Center, the Hennepin County Library, and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.
Memoir is more than writing down a sequence of events. You know what happened, but what is your story about? And how do you get the perspective to answer this question? Through a series of in-class writing exercises, we will perform in-depth self-inquiry to explore the question: what is my memoir really about?
In this one-day session, students will borrow from fiction techniques to audit the secret motivations of their memoir’s main “character.” Students will write an elevator pitch for their memoir and then use these few sentences to launch into an exploration of the main “character’s” motivations, secrets, and ultimate change. We will discuss the secret motivations in memoirs such as Wild, H is for Hawk, and This Boy’s Life. Writing exercises are designed to guide students deeper into the personal meaning of their own story. The goal of the class is to help students find an increased understanding of their own memoir, and to provide students with the tools to continue to plumb the depths of their own story. Students need not have a completed manuscript, but should have an idea in mind.
To sign up visit Loft.org
Writing as Healing Workshop Series
Four Thursdays in November 2017: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Women’s Woodshop
2237 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
In this four-week workshop series for beginning to advanced women, trans, and femme writers, participants will explore how writing can help heal one’s relationship to one’s own stories. Each two-hour workshop session will include discussions and in-class writing exercises. Exercises will be drawn from Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing and Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities, among other books, as well as from my own writing practice. We will discuss how writers from Virginia Woolf to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Audre Lorde have been transformed by the writing process. Workshop sessions are designed to build off one another and can also be taken as a single-session, drop-in class.
Date and Time:
Thursday, Nov 02, 7-9:00pm – Workshop I: The Health and Emotional Benefits of Writing
Thursday, Nov 09, 7-9:00pm – Workshop II: Qualities of a Healing Narrative
Thursday, Nov 16, 7-9:00pm – Workshop III: Caring for Ourselves as We Write
Thursday, Nov 30, 7-9:00pm – Workshop IV: Preparing, Planning, Germinating
Cost: Each workshops is offered in exchange for a $5-$50 suggested admission.
To sign up register: Here
Writing as Healing
Friday, November 17th, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2223 E 35th St, Minneapolis, MN 55407
This workshop is the public component of The Future’s Artist Residency program. In this workshop participants will explore how writing can help us heal our relationship to our own stories. Discussions and writing exercises will be drawn from Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing and Writing Works: A Resource Handbook for Therapeutic Writing Workshops and Activities, among other sources. This workshop is open to all writers at any level, including those interested in getting started writing and writers who have been working for years. Please bring a notebook or paper and pen or pencil. $5-$50 sliding scale suggested admission.
In these workshops we will explore how writing can help heal one’s relationship to one’s own stories. In-class writing exercises will be drawn from Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing, among other sources. We will discuss how writers from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde have been transformed by the writing process. Workshops are open to all writers at any level, including those interested in getting started writing and writers who have been working for years. Workshop sessions can be taken as a five-session intensive or a single-session, drop-in class. All sessions are FREE and open to the public. These workshops are part of the Hinge Arts Residency supported by Springboard for the Arts.
Glenda Reed says, “I write and teach writing workshops because, in the words of Janine Shepherd, ‘When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.’”
This is a Hinge Arts project supported by Springboard for the Arts. Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is an artist residency program that was launched in 2015 to engage artists and community members in the past and future of the Kirkbride Building in Fergus Falls.
NOTE: All Writing as Healing workshops at the Fergus Falls Public Library are FREE and open to the public. Workshop sessions can be taken as a five-session intensive or a single-session, drop-in class.
Give voice to an issue. Tell your story in a larger context. Local feminist writer Glenda Reed will help propel you toward a working draft, a revision plan, and a publishing and/or distribution strategy that may include publishing in literary journals, newspapers, alternative media or blogging. Open to all genres and levels. No previous writing experience necessary. Take as a series or as individual classes.
Session 1: Generation: Learn writing exercises that focus on incubating and exploring new ideas
Session 2: Revision: Get feedback on work and learn how to make a revision plan
Session 3: Dissemination: Explore options for getting your work out there, such as literary journals, newspapers, and zines as well as blogging, vlogging, YouTube and guerrilla art
Hosmer Library is located at 347 E. 36th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408
*This class was made possible by the Friends of the Hosmer Library.