Creating Within The "Everydayness" Workshop

Creating Within The "Everydayness" Workshop

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In this course, we will go through different reading and writing activities to not only generate essay and story topics, but also learn how to use the “everydayness” of our lives and create with it. Participants will come away with a toolbox of techniques to use in their writing practice, four different topics for essays or stories, and a chance to revise one piece with the instructor.

Week 1: Use What You Got
Week 2: Choose Three; Write for Twenty
Week 3: “That’s What She Said”
Week 4-5: Write a first draft; turn in for revision at end of week 5
Week 6: Instructor hands back feedback
Week 7-8: Turn in second draft and receive another full round of edits from Instructor

Dates: September 7-November 2

Number of spots available: 6

What you can expect when Callie edits your work: 

In the first session, Callie will line edit your essay or story (1,200 max word count). She will comment directly on the document, typically asking questions or making observations about the text.

Next, Callie will send a document addressing your work as a whole. You will receive responses to five questions:

  1. I think this piece is about ...

  2. One thing I love about this piece …

  3. One thing the piece made me feel …

  4. One thing the piece made me think …

  5. One question I have about the piece …

This type of feedback will allow writers to home in on small details as well as their story or essay as a whole, which will help crack open new ideas about where the piece might head from there.

In the second session, you send your revised essay or story to Callie, and she will comment again, as well as suggest places to consider submitting. In between Session One and Session Two, you can email Callie any questions or concerns you might have about your work.


What women are saying about Callie's workshop:

"When I look back at the end of this year, I know without a doubt I will be able to say Callie's workshop was a turning point for me as a writer. I not only gained skills, but confidence in myself. Even as months have passed since her workshop has ended, I still come back to her lesson plans and words of advice when I feel stuck. Callie is more than an amazing writer; she is a wonderful teacher. I highly recommend anyone take this workshop who wants to write the story that is all around them." - Stacy B. 

"Callie’s class helped me to see the beauty in my everyday, and find stories in even the minute details of stay-at-home-mom life. Her encouragement helped me get past my fears of being vulnerable and find my writing voice. I absolutely loved how eager and excited she was as a teacher and looked forward to her emails every week! Those conversations pushed me to be my best and to break out of my box, and I truly believe I would not have gotten where I am with my creativity without this course." - Deva C. 

"As a stay-at-home mom to two young boys, my life often feels like Groundhog's Day. Callie's course helped me identify the stories in the monotony, and it's one of the best investments I've made in my writing so far. Her edits on my essay were gold and helped shape a piece I'm really proud of. In short, Callie's a darn fine teacher and editor and I would highly recommend her class." - Julia G.


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Callie Feyen lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Jesse, and their two daughters, Hadley and Harper. She is a contributing writer for Relief Journal, and Makes You Mom. Her writing has been featured in Altarwork, Good Letters, and Tweetspeak Poetry, and she is a LTYM DC 2014 cast member. Callie's first book, The Teacher Diaries: Romeo & Juliet, was published in February 2017.

You can read Callie's C+C essays here