Stories Alive! Writing Workshop
“When I told my teachers I wanted to be a writer, a lot of them encouraged me to lower my expectations and to be more realistic. So I rode away on my magical, winged horse, spraying faerie dust behind me, and laughing manically as I went.” ― M.E. Vaughan
Set your imagination free; create space for your writing and discover the power of your voice. Stories Alive! offers a dynamic, warm and supportive environment for writers of all levels to explore their craft and create exciting, polished pieces.
Participants develop their writing through a form of their choice, including short stories, memoir, non-fiction and poetry. All are welcome, and the only requirements are a desire to write, a generous heart towards one’s fellow writers, and the courage to share one’s work, knowing that it will be received with care and respect.
The first hour of class is devoted to discussing student work. The presenting writer distributes their writing ahead of time in order to give their fellow writers time to read and comment.
The second hour of class begins with a writing prompt or an exercise focusing on an element of craft followed by time to write, either free-writing from the prompt or developing a work in progress. The instructor also uses this time to meet with participants individually to discuss student projects.
The primary texts are participants’ own writing, although selections from literary magazines or the small press world might be introduced from time to time to supplement a specific discussion. Topics include voice, point-of-view, narrative structure, dialogue, genre, pacing and use of language.
Stories Alive! strives to create a safe, inspiring and supportive environment in order for each writer to meet his or her goals. For some this might mean providing structured time in which to write. For others it might mean offering valuable feedback or freeing up the creative process. For those writers who would like to take the next step towards publication, individual strategies can be developed to achieve this goal.
We currently meet on Zoom every other Monday from 3:00-5:00 pm (time can be flexible depending on participants). We look forward to gathering outdoors in person again as soon as the weather allows! The cost for six meetings is $240.
Contact the instructor, Tania Moore, if you would like to learn more about Stories Alive!
“Where do I begin to tell you how much this class has helped me as a writer! Tania so skillfully created an environment rich in diversity and genre where I felt supported and safe to explore and challenge my own writing. I learned so much from a craft perspective, and the group became a community of friends who were truly interested in moving everyone forward. This class is a gem and a rare find.” – Peggy Belles, author of the poetry collection, Peace in Pieces, yoga instructor, retired Police Lieutenant and founder of Peggy Belles Transformational Consulting http://peggybelles.liveeditaurora.com/
“Tania offers just the right blend of encouragement and guidance. She has a gift for identifying our strengths and helping us increase our effectiveness as writers. I’ve loved this opportunity to work with her and other group members, a journey I look forward to continuing.“ – Karen Rockwell El-Badry. “After a career in the UN, I wanted to recount stories of living abroad through memoir.”
“I believe that when the student is ready the teacher appears, and you certainly did. Thank you for all your support. It’s been an amazing journey!” – Nancy Napoli, memoir and short story writer
“Stories Alive! has helped me dig deeper as a travel writer, multi-layering with material that’s compelling and showing personal moments of vulnerability readers can relate to. Tania has a knack for developing a sense of camaraderie among workshop participants. Not only has my writing become stronger but I’ve gained new friendships in the process.” – Dorothy Maillet, travel writer
“I had thought about ‘becoming a writer’ for a while, and the Stories Alive! Workshop came into my life at just the right time. Tania brought together a diverse group of writers, whom I found to be incredibly interesting and supportive. We learned both the elements of craft and how to appreciate all forms of writing, including poetry, which I had always found intimidating! I’m deeply thankful to have had the opportunity to share among such a welcoming group and to have learned from someone as compassionate and talented as Tania.” – Susan Van Sciver, fiction and non-fiction writer Sensible Susan https://sensiblesusan.me/
“Stories Alive! has enriched and deepened my writing and gotten me back on track to complete a manuscript I’ve been fiddling with for years. Tania’s kindness is tempered by a profound understanding of craft. I will continue to take this class until my project is done.” – Katharine Gates, published author and curator
“Tania, your comments and thoughtfulness have been so inspiring. You’ve taught me to keep my writer’s antenna up at all times. I find myself, thanks to you, thinking about great first lines, suspense, negative space, and more!” – Arlen Gargaliano, cookbook author, educator and fiction writer http://inthekitchenwitharlen.blogspot.com