"Deliberate Description" Workshop
Jul
20
2:00 PM14:00

"Deliberate Description" Workshop

When you could choose to describe any of a hundred different details in a scene—the trees, the light, the smell of the old carpet, the sound of the dishwasher—how do you decide what to include and what to leave out? This course will help you write descriptions that are more deliberate: beautiful, but also purposeful; images that give the reader a sense of place while, at the same time, contributing to a larger motif that will imbue your work with deeper meaning. We'll look at examples from other masters of description (Jo Ann Beard, Chris Jones, Barbara Kingsolver) and dissect their choices. Then we'll try this approach ourselves with some in-class writing exercises.

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"Telling Your Story" Workshop
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

"Telling Your Story" Workshop

I'm teaching a (free!) workshop for The Porch Writers’ Collective at the Green Hills Library. If you're interested in personal narrative, come on down for an hour-long introductory workshop to creative nonfiction. Participants will be guided through instruction, examples, and prompts to elicit the important stories of one’s life. ✨

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Heartbreak Happy Hour
Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Heartbreak Happy Hour

  • Jackalope Brewing Company - The Ranch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join The Porch Writers' Collective for their sixth annual Heartbreak Happy Hour! This contrarian take on Valentine's Day will feature five stories about lovebirds who hit the window. Free and open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation.

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"Writing against Your Material" Workshop
Feb
2
2:00 PM14:00

"Writing against Your Material" Workshop

How do we write about our most tragic experiences with levity, or turn simple observations into outrageous comedy? This workshop will explore how to write against your material in creative nonfiction—that is, how to create dissonance between your tone and your subject matter in order to maximize your stories’ emotional impact. We’ll look at scenes from great memoirs and essays that use this counterintuitive tool, including work by Kiese Laymon, Patricia Lockwood, David Sedaris, and Alexandra Fuller. Then we’ll try writing some scenes from our own lives, practicing the art of scaling back our language for the heaviest moments and ramping it up to make a mundane moment hilarious.

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Lady Bits
Aug
23
8:00 PM20:00

Lady Bits

Lady Bits is an improv comedy troupe comprised of some of the funniest women in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to improv, this show will feature a story by me. You can expect a frank discussion of our eponymous bits before the night is through. $7.

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Lady Bits
Jan
20
to Jan 21

Lady Bits

  • Third Coast Comedy Club (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lady Bits is an improv comedy troupe comprised of some of the funniest ladies in Nashville, Tennessee. Sometimes their shows include a featured monologuist—and this time, it's me. $5.

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