September and October are my favorite months. My senses are on fire, my hair is full of wind. I am drunk on the bready smell of leaves and gentle decay. Giddy with the thrill of lukewarm sunshine on my bare skin. Mesmerized by reds and oranges and soaking rains. Craving outdoor night fires and dewey mornings. And, as always, eager to pin all this to the page, one way or the other. If you are eager, too, to ignite or re-ignite your writing practice this fall, consider an Elephant Rock writing class or workshop or retreat as a match strike for your creative fire?
Our fall classes are registering right now! (And PS, if you've attended an Elephant Rock class, workshop, or retreat in the last six months, you're up for a 15% discount on any remote class!).
Here's what's coming up first:
Beyond What You See: Writing Description (Mondays, September 10 - October 1): This new remote course is perfect for beginners. It focuses solely on the crucial art of description in creative writing, and how to rock it. It is offered as part of our brand-new Essential Series, which focuses on classes devoted to a single, crucial element of craft. This year, we’re also offering Essential Series courses on place, character, and plot. We’d love to see you in one of these intensives! Click here for more info.
The Art of the Fractured (Thursdays, September 20 – October 25): We taught this class last year and one writer said it was the best workshop she'd ever experienced in 30 years of writing workshops! My students at Moose Lake are also loving this course right now. We explore fragmented forms such as braids, collages, erasures, list essays, and more. It's a blast, and last fall, several students ended up publishing work generated during the course. Click here for more info.
Write for Your Life Memoir Intensive (October 26-28): Just two spots left! This is our most rigorous, craft-focused workshop on bringing your lived experience to life on the page. It’s challenging, intense, inspiring, and full of fun surprises. In an encouraging and engaged small group, you’ll learn why “what happened” is never enough, and how to transform a well-worn story into arresting art that brings others to their knees. This workshop guaranteed to leave you with some work in progress and a whole set of new skills for life writing. Write for Your Life takes place in Minneapolis and runs Friday evening 6-9 pm and 10-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. Click here for more info.
Mystery of Yin Retreat for Writing and Yoga (November 15-18): Half full, so reach out soon! Mystery of Yin, for women only, is an all-inclusive very deep dive and intensely nourishing creative retreat where you are invited to access your deepest imaginings and bring them forth on the page through carefully crafted writing exercises that engage the mystery of the unconscious. Daily yoga, meditation, and art, plus delicious meals and a nonstop crackling fire in the stone hearth and the crashing of the waves. This sell-out retreat is held at the amazing Naniboujou Lodge on the North Shore of Lake Superior. We hope you’ll join us! Click here for more info.
See what people love about our retreats, workshops, and classes here. If you have questions, just reply to this email and we will do our best to answer them. And, as always, if you have any barriers to attendance, financial or otherwise, let us know and we'll see if there's a way to make it work for you. We would love to write with you! Meanwhile, have a very happy long fall weekend, and don't forget to notice everything during this most fleeting of seasons.