Reading Well, Writing Well: Building a Writer's Toolbox // Starts September 9, 2019

Reading Well, Writing Well: Building a Writer's Toolbox // Starts September 9, 2019

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Based on the belief that reading well makes us better writers, Callie Feyen and Sonya Spillmann will guide participants through eight lessons designed to build a proverbial “writer’s toolbox” of both craft and content. 

Participants will keep a journal dedicated to keeping track of readings, resources, and skills. Weekly writing of no more than 500-1000 words will be turned in each week and focus on the reading assignment and writing concept. Participants will receive feedback (observations and suggestions) from both instructors on all assignments. Writers will have the last two weeks to write a full essay with macro edits from Callie and micro edits from Sonya. 

Communication between instructors and cohort will happen through a Slack group. The course also includes a group Q&A video-call with both instructors. 

Workshop Overview

Week 1: Creating a Reading History 
Week 2: First Sentences
Week 3: Setting
Week 4: Poetry
Week 5: Dialogue
Week 6: Writing the Truth
Week 7: Character
Week 8: The Heart of the Essay
Week 9-10: Writing an essay (word limit: 2000) 

Dates: September 9 - November 18th

Spots Available: 10


Sonya Spillmann lives in the DC area with her husband and four kids. She's a critical care nurse by training and a writer at heart. She is a motherless mother who believes in the power of hard questions and honest answers. (She also believes in the power of red lipstick, a good laugh, and Jesus.) She started her blog, Spilling Over, after being cast in DC's LTYM 2015 show

You can read Sonya's C+C essays here


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