Write As If No One Is Looking Over Your Shoulder
People look at writers as if we're aliens. They picture us holed up in a darkened room, swigging vodka from the bottle, mining the depths of despair, one click away from suicide. That's not the way I see writing at all. Except for the vodka part.
I think writing is fun and freeing, and I believe that everyone has a story --- they just need to learn how to tell it.
In this 8 week workshop, you'll learn write with a voice that reflects the true you, the voice that isn't afraid to show both your weakness and your strengths, the voice that isn't concerned, first and foremost, with what others will think. A voice that isn't constantly being judged and told that no one could possibly be interested in what you have to say.
Through innovative and fun writing prompts, you will learn to write dialogue and description, create characters that ring true, see the best in the worst people and the worst in the best, find beginnings and endings that make sense. With criticism that is meant to encourage rather than shut you down, you will learn to piece your story together in a way that invites readers in.
All classes are held in my light, airy studio in Boiceville, NY on Thursdays. I offer both a day class and an evening class.
I supply inspiration, cookies, and tissues. Because no matter what you think, there will be tears. As well as laughter.
Price is $350, or $300 for returning students.
Email me at email@example.com to find out when the next session begins.
"Martha wants your work to shine, whatever it is. When she admonishes you, ever so sweetly, to cut the crap and tell the truth, you just want to polish that
sucker until it gleams. Under her heartfelt tutelage, my work is beginning to reveal what I have in my own heart to share."
- Ann Hutton, Writer/Columnist
"Don't be fooled by her brash sense of humor. Martha has a huge heart, and a deep sense of trust and camaraderie among all the writers in her class is the
result. She creates an extremely supportive environment where any writer, new or experienced, can flourish. She is fearless. And she encourages students to be
the same way when using their own lives as the material for memoir or essays."
- Elizabeth Floyd Mair, essayist and journalist (Albany Times Union; life@home magazine; babble.com)
"Regardless of your experience or level of expertise, you will leave Martha's class a better, smarter, and more confident writer."
- Audrey Rappaport, Actress
"Taking a class with Martha is the best thing I could have done. She has given me the courage to write, and the guidance I need to get my
work published. I can't believe our class is over. I'll be the first to sign up for her next one."
- Desiree O'Clair
"I was stymied in writing my memoir for over a year, stopped by residual anger about key events in my story. I was also stuck with the voice in my head that
said, 'no one wants to read your angry id vomit.' Martha encouraged me to puke it up. She also nurtured a group that supported my "puking" without letting me
get self-indulgent. The arc of my memoir flew out of freedoms acquired in Martha's group."
- Barbara Mansfield
"I highly recommend Martha Frankel's writing class: Write As If No One Is Looking Over Your Shoulder. I took it while writing the rough draft of my memoir.
Martha made sure all writing prompts and assignments advanced our current work projects. I appreciated how she individually worked with each person's strengths
and weaknesses, encouraging everyone to improve from their current level of writing skill."
- Heather Marsten