The Complete Generator Schedule:
All events (October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 12, May 14) will take place via Zoom from 6:00-7:30 PM CT
- October 10, Jordan Charlton, "Why and How Publication is for You"
The world of literary publishing often feels illusory and daunting. Despite this, writers both new and experienced return to the challenge of sharing their work with the world day after day. In this workshop, we'll take a glance into that publishing world and understand the inner workings of an editor and writer's perspectives on publication, searching for ways we can better understand these processes and get published.
- November 14, Joe From Long Island, "Radical Self-Love/Acceptance Through the Lens of Beyoncé"
In this workshop, we will view two videos by The Queen and have a short discussion on the topic of body positivity and empowerment. We will also take time to write to a prompt about radical self love. Those willing can share their writing in this boldly welcoming, inclusive space.
- December 12, Emily Anderson, "The Gayest Workshop Ever"
Whether you come to the metaphorical ACE Hardware writing store with a specific list or on the wings of serendipitous impulse, something organic and unpredicted inevitably happens during the writing process. I am saying that you're allowed in all the aisles, whether you'd call yourself a plumber or not, to try to put pieces together. I am saying that queerness, gayness, transness, nonbinaryness are also pieces that you can try on in your writing without belonging to their unions (i.e. identities). In this workshop, we'll blend genres and talk in circles and lie to get to the truth (in a good way).
- January 9, Paula Bell, "Parentification"
One of many things we all have in common: we are someone's kid.
Stereotypes, familial expectations, religion, cultural and societal "norms" influence roles between parents and kids. Sometimes, those roles reverse. Together, we’ll write about what that looks like and what that feels like.
- February 13, Zedeka Poindexter, "Well Fed: Poetry of the Senses"
When you weave your words properly, readers and listeners are transported into the world you are building. We invite you to join us in creating a sensory experience based on food memories. Moderator Zedeka Poindexter will guide us through writing our senses and maybe copy a few recipes that sound particularly delicious.
- March 12, Rachel Luck, "Memoir: Preserving the Childhood Memory, and the Art of 'Perhapsing'"
How do you write about something or someone you barely remember? When does truth stray into the realms of fiction? Learn to explore the boundaries of memory’s fragility, while preserving your readers’ trust and writing to the emotional and metaphorical truth of experience.
- May 14, Serenity Dougherty, "I Write Comedy—And You Can Too!"
If you think about it, at this point “the one less traveled by” is one of the most universally familiar roads. Life is already full of these delightful little absurdities—you don’t have to stroll out of the womb with a microphone and a suitcase full of props to put laughs in bellies. Comedy writers are not born funny, they learn how to write jokes the same way writers learn how to write in any genre of writing—by practicing, trying, failing (a lot!), learning from their mistakes, and trying again.
In this workshop we will start with a brief introduction to the fundamentals of comedy, then use them in some comedy writing activities, and finish up with an opportunity for participants to share their work (And a laugh!) with one another. If you’ve always wanted to try humor writing or even if you’re just looking to try something new, this workshop will provide the crash course you need to get started.