The Heart and Craft of Writing
with Michelle Tea
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01 Class Introduction01:13
Class duration: 1h 24mSee all 15 lessons
About The Class
Find Your Confidence and Inspiration to Complete Your First Book
If you’ve embarked on the process of writing your first book, there’s a good chance that you’re struggling a bit. Books are big, unwieldy creatures, and even the bravest of among us can feel overwhelmed by the thought of filling all those hundreds of blank pages with intelligent, effervescent words.
Award-winning author, editor and teacher Michelle Tea offers this class to help you believe in your abilities as a writer, stick to your goal and push through that first draft. She’ll outline some of the key tricks to writing a great book and inspire you to produce the vibrant, sparkling and unique work that’s inside your head and waiting to come out.
In this class, you’ll learn how to:
- Be specific and avoid vagueness.
- Bring your five senses to your writing by including sound, light, scent, texture and taste in every scene.
- Find your pacing: write slow, write strong.
- Show, don’t tell.
- Build your unique voice and create a shelf of voices you wish your voice to be in conversation with.
- Keep your editing brain away from your creative brain.
Reading, Listening and Participating09:29
Community Keeps You Writing02:55
Don't be Vague and Avoid Cliche03:56
Using Your Five Senses to Build a World03:20
Pacing: Write Slow, Write Strong09:45
Place is a Character03:34
Shame Will Shut You Down07:12
VOICE VOICE VOICE09:31
Editing Brain vs. Creative Brain05:12
Your Work is None of Your Business03:09
Writing from Lists08:47
Quit While You’re Ahead03:12
The First Fifty02:15
Prioritize Your Writing. No One Else Will10:35
Michelle Tea is the author of over ten works of fiction, memoir, hybrid genre, spirituality, personal essay and poetry. She has edited anthologies on working class experience, personal narrative, queer fiction and fashion. Her writing has appeared in Harpers, Cosmopolitan, The Believer, Marie Claire, n+1, xoJane.com and many other print and web publications. ... read moreSee instructor's Classes
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This was an inexpensive course that in my opinion offered great value. Michelle touched on a lot (operative word touched) of information that is informative and validating especially for those of us who are newbies in the world of writers. This is not a course of delving deep into specifics. For me this was a delightful afternoon spent with a writer who shared information and insights from her personal experience. I have some great notes from this course which I can actually apply. Thank You Michelle.
So i'm kind of in this place right now in my writing where I'm having a hard time moving forward and doing the work to finish. Listening to Michelle has helped me get more comfortable with realizing that if I ever want to get anything done I need to do that work. She left me feeling more amped up to continue my work. This is the kind of class that might help you come to the realization of what you need to do to finish your work or it might give you a different view of what you might need to do. I consider myself a novice writer so I think this course is definitely good for people who are starting there writing journey.
It pains me to write this review. On the positive side, this class came in a bundle of writing classes, so I am not out $39 for just this. On the negative side, I really did not learn anything, and pretty much all I remember form this course is the woman likes to drink beer. She was very monotone and not all that engaging. I did watch the entire video through to the end. Everything she spoke about is pretty much common sense. I applaud her for teaching this class, but I felt like she spent the entire time talking about herself and her vices. Some people might like her approach, so I encourage people to watch and form their own opinion.
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