Class Introduction


The Heart and Craft of Writing


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

(audience cheering) Hi, thank you guys all for being here. I'm Michelle Tea and we're gonna talk about writing. And I am going to be going off of my own experience as writer in my own career. And it's been a weird one, but I think that most writer's careers are kind of weird. So, I think there's a lot to find together. These are some of my books. I've written taro how-to, memoir, fiction, poetry. I'm largely, actually entirely self-taught. I didn't go to school for writing or anything like that. I did need to take measures to grow as a writer and learn as a writer, and pay attention to what was working for me so that I got better as a writer. But I never went to school, partly 'cause that just didn't feel accessible to me and also I kind of felt like I was born a writer. Like I just already was a writer. Do any of you guys feel like that, like you are writers, it's just a matter of figuring out how to make it work. Yeah, this is our shared mental illness, we're writers. (audience lau...


Class Description

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.



What a wonderful class! Michelle is knowledgeable, authentic, generous and open-hearted with her experience and advice. She offers a genuine sense of validation and practical tips for new writers. I especially liked her thoughts on how to carve out a space for your writing.