New Year, New Words: Virtual Notebooking and Generative Writing Class
Dates: 4 Wednesdays, January 19 - February 9
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Rachel Sarah
"Write in the presence of fear," says Cheryl Strayed. "Go to those places that you think you can’t write."
If you're ready to give yourself permission to be brave on the page, this class is for you. You'll show up to every class with your journal, notebook, and/or laptop, prepared to respond to writing prompts. Maybe you'll record a stray thought or a recent conversation. Maybe you'll recall a buried memory or a bottled-up feeling.
In this journal-writing inspired class, we will follow a series of open-ended, timed prompts to keep our pens to page. Whether you're starting a new project or needing a boost to your productivity, a weekly deadline will help you get the words down on the page. You will produce a ton of new work in this class and connect with other writers. You will give yourself permission to write your truth.
The ultimate goal is to start a new habit of steady, consistent writing – without judgment. Everyone looking for inspiration and motivation is welcome, including writers working in any genre.
Rachel Sarah is an author and a journalist in Berkeley, CA (unceded Ohlone land) whose most recent book is GIRL WARRIORS: How 25 Young Activists are Saving the Earth (April 2021, Chicago Review Press).
She's currently writing a second book for Chicago Review Press about Contemporary Women Solving the Climate Crisis (due out in 2023). She has written for The Washington Post, The Lily, LiveKindly, YES Magazine, and more.
Rachel is one of the founding editors of Literary Mama. Thanks to her "morning pages" practice at 750words.com — launched by two Berkeley writers! — she has currently written for more than 2,000 days in a row.