This September I’ll be teaching the webinar based on the book Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too), and I’d love for you to join me. In Writing Is My Drink, I tell my story of coming into my voice as a writer because I believe that any story of a one person’s journey from Can’t to Can contains within it the story of pretty much everyone’s path from No to Yes. The circumstances may differ from person to person, but each of us who has felt both simultaneously compelled to express and daunted by the task has faced the same challenges, the same doubts, the same fears.
Similarly, there are common paths for finding the way out of doubt and into your voice. In the four-week Writing Is My Drink webinar, I will walk you through the process of discovering your own true material and momentum as a writer.This is not a technical class about how to write a memoir or a novel; this is a class about how to get past the fear and the doubt and get to what I call “your real writing,” the real work you know you need to do. No previous writing experience is required.
The webinar will focus on finding your work’s (sometimes hidden) themes, discovering your aesthetic as a reader and a writer, and understanding what inspires you and learning how to tap into that inspiration so that your work is not just functionally sound but also representative of your vision and mission as a writer. We will also be discussing how to recognize and address the doubts that can stop us from writing. The webinar will offer many opportunities to do short in-class writing assignments and very short homework assignments designed to bring you into “your real writing,” the work that quietly and sometimes not-so-quietly nags at you until you do it. By the way, I’m not a fan of writing exercises for the sake of writing exercises. The webinar’s activities are designed with the idea in mind that each participant should find at least a few that morph into larger pieces of writing that feel authentic and powerful to both the writer and readers.
The last half hour of each 1.5 hour long class session will be used for Q and A, in which students can ask me any question they like about writing.
Classes will be held on four Thursday evenings at 6pm to 7:30pm Pacific Time, starting September 4th (September 4, 11, 18, 25). The classes will be held via GotoWebinar.com, allowing you to both see and hear me as well as view my screen. All classes will be recorded, so if you miss a class, you’ll be able to listen to the audio portion of it at your convenience. You can attend the classes from anywhere you can call in or get online. All enrolled students also receive a 30-minute private coaching call with me.
After you’ve paid for the class using Pay Pal or credit card, you will receive a confirmation email from me and instructions for entering the first class on September 4th and setting up your included one-on-one coaching appointment. If you prefer to pay with check or money order, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you an invoice with a mailing address. Cost for the four classes and 30-minute coaching session: $145. Questions? Email me at email@example.com.
Registration fees are 100 percent refundable until September 5, 2014. So if after the first class meeting, you decide you don’t want to take the class, you can still get a full refund. After September 5, 2014, registration fees will not be refundable.
Writing Is My Drink Webinar registration: (4) 1.5 hour-long classes and (1) 30-minute coaching call with Theo Pauline Nestor. Includes links to recordings of all class meetings and downloadable files of class Power Point presentations. Alumni of the Writing Is My Drink Webinar may repeat the webinar in the future free of charge.
Interested in real life Writing Is My Drink classes? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m planning on teaching one-day Writing Is My Drink intensives in various U.S. locations beginning this fall.
Instructor bio: Theo Pauline Nestor is the author of Writing Is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) (Simon & Schuster, 2013) and How to Sleep Alone in a King-Size Bed: A Memoir of Starting Over (Crown, 2008), which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as a 2008 Top Pick for Reading Groups and as a Target “Breakout Book.” An award-winning instructor, Nestor has taught the memoir certificate course for the University of Washington’s Professional & Continuing Education program since 2006 and also teaches at Richard Hugo House in Seattle. Nestor also produces events for writers such as the Wild Mountain Memoir Retreat, Bird by Bird & Beyond, and the Black Mesa Writers’ Intensive, featuring talks by literary leaders such as Anne Lamott, Cheryl Strayed, Julia Cameron, and Natalie Goldberg. She lives in Seattle with her family and their cat, Rory. You can follow her on Facebook here and on Twitter @theopnestor.
What have past participants said about the Writing Is My Drink Webinar?
What did you like about the class?
|The 5-8 minute writing assignments. They felt like the kick-starters I needed. I also liked it when people shared — either their actual work or about their writing experiences.|
|Useful information and exercises. Many new and not directly from book so felt that participants received “added value”.|
|Doing the exercises and then when people shared afterward. The woman tonight who said she’d been on a career path she hadn’t chosen and was rewarded for things she didn’t care about–she was telling my story. And now she is pursuing something she does care about. Yes! That really got my juices flowing.|
|I’m really surprised by how much I enjoyed the exercises offered. They were so helpful in discovering content.|
|I loved the laid back feeling of it. Theo is wonderful and creates a very warm, accepting environment.|
Would you recommend the class to a friend?
|Yes. Having someone help you find your voice–well, who wouldn’t want that. And Theo is the one to do it.|
|Yes! I have an artist friend who likes to read writing books because she finds the creative process to be similar to her own. I think she’d enjoy taking this one.|
|Yes, would recommend. Helped me get unstuck so would be helpful to others. Thank you!|
|Yes. It’s a wonderful way to tap into creativity and desire to write. I’m looking forward to the next class and plan to devote more of my off-class time to the assignments. Admittedly I was a slacker this go-round. I got thrown off when I couldn’t figure out my flaw/big topic, and couldn’t find my way in.|
|I would absolutely recommend it to a friend. I have already. To everyone I know. It rocked, Theo. Thanks.|