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Writing & Creativity

Writing and Creativity:

Practical Creativity

Creativity for Radicals

Writing Socially Conscious Fiction

Self-Publishing 101

Self-Publishing as a Radical Act

 

Practical Creativity

Creativity isn’t some esoteric bounty bestowed on the pious or the lucky. It’s a skill that can be learned and transformed into a daily practice. Many creativity classes and books insist that if you journal or collage a dream board or claim a god from the pantheon to serve as your muse, you’ll someday become an artist. Practical Creativity says the opposite. It’s a workshop that will give you pragmatic steps to follow to create a working environment that will help you create with strength and ease. It will give you the tools necessary to put a pen to paper, a butt in a chair, and a brush to a canvas to Get the Job Done.
By integrating the 10 straight-forward techniques: Permission, Restraint, Rhythm, Accountability, Respect, Comfort, Chemistry, Momentum, Consumption and Analysis you’ll leave the workshop with a game-plan for unleashing your inner artist and doing your best work yet.

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Creativity for Radicals

Finding your creative voice is the first step to creating art.  All people have the capacity for creativity, yet it’s often treated as something “other” that belongs only to the eccentrics or those deigned worthy by the “muse.” Many people who have the drive and desire to create art are shut down by their personal struggles with self-worth, guilt, social location and “paralysis by analysis.”
Creativity for Radicals explores the politics, privileges and identity issues endemic to creating art.  In this interactive talk, Allison will deconstruct notions of “privilege guilt” into useful components for creativity, discuss the intersection between art and social justice, deconstruct activist skill-sets to turn them into useful tools for the creation process, and share methods for distilling passion from conflict to turn activism into relevant art.In this liberating and inspiring workshop, Allison will share her own experience of confronting and overcoming her blocks to creativity and lead participants through a series of exercises designed to break down barriers between creatives and their work.

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Writing Socially Conscious Fiction

Have a story you’re dying to tell? Learn how to create fiction that reflects your values. In this workshop, participants will explore the basics of crafting and developing a work of fiction. Examining “issue-based” writing through elements such as Moral Point of View, Theme as Mission Statement, and Political Bodies, participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and begin developing their own work of fiction of any length. Even if you’re shy or lacking confidence, you’ll get the tools to begin crafting your own story.

By the end of the class, participants will have created a well-developed outline for their own story. They will be able to use the skills from this class to design and develop fiction of all lengths that speak to their own themes.

Bring your favorite writing instrument and your imagination. Writers of all levels welcome.

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Self Publishing 101

“Highly recommended. Allison will basically set you up to get started in this direction if that’s what you want.” -EM

Do you have a manuscript sitting on your shelf, waiting to see the light of day?
Do you want to write a book but have no clue what to do with it once it’s done? Are you mystified by the success of self-publishers and wonder what all the fuss is about?

In two hours, I’ll walk you through the basics of self-publishing.

You’ll learn:
* How to figure out if self-publishing is the right step for you and your book
* The difference between vanity publishing services and creating your own press
* The bare-bone, essential steps you need to take for your book to live
* Where to scrimp and where to splurge
* Hidden costs and easily missed steps on the self-publishing
* How to develop a timeline and a budget
* What you need to do to get your book out there.

No matter where you are on your own publishing path, this will demystify this ever-changing market.

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Self-Publishing as a Radical Act

There is a long and robust history of disenfranchised communities creating and publishing their own work, and in the process defying racism, sexism, obscenity laws, and the patriarchy.  Now, with ever-increasing democratic access to the tools of printing and distribution, authors of all kinds can add their voices to the canon.  This class examines self-publishing through a framework of radical activism whereby forgoing traditional models can help radicals maintain their philosophical stance. With emphasis on ideas like Social Equity, Community Building, Decentralization, and Solidarity, this class will explain the options available to authors and how they may help support one’s own tenets.
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