Creative Writing Classes for Stoners
Are you a stoner who loves to read and write and is eager to improve their craft with a class that teaches the tenets of storytelling? If so, this workshop is for you!
There’s nothing like cannabis to spark the creative muse, meaning us stoners have vivid imaginations and big stories to tell. And they need telling.
We’re living in a moment of seismic shifts in the world of cannabis, heck, we only started calling it cannabis a few years ago! Up until then it was weed, skunk, smoke, puff, solid, squidge, pollen, chocolate, or a million other words we used to communicate inside our sub-cultures.
These sub-cultures are unexplored territory in the current cannabis narrative. Instead what we have is misinformation from bygone prohibition days and publicity driven by profit.
If you’ve got a cannabis story you’re itching to unpick and transform into a publishable format, be it a short story, memoir, essay, or opinion piece, this workshop will take you through the mechanics of storytelling in a way that brings your writing to life on the page.
Writing is a craft, and there are tricks and tools that sharpen both your ideas and your sentences, enabling you to communicate on a level that reveals who you are and why your story matters.
If you want your story to matter, this workshop is for you.
If you want honest feedback on your work, this workshop is for you.
If you want to take your writing to the next level, this workshop is for you.
If you want more info, email now: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore cannabis as your muse
Understand the tenets of storytelling
Get a list of recommended reading
Find your writing voice
Find topics to write about
Find time to practice your craft
Get lots of tips that hone your craft
2 Hour class each week in private room on Hi-Curious platform
Daily prompts and weekly homework
Collaboration and revision
Small class size
Bonus one-on-one time to take your work to the next level
Each week will include set reading material and homework. The more you participate in these tasks, the more you’ll get out of the workshop.
Interwoven into all classes is the ways we can use cannabis to spur the creative process and get words on the page. I’ll be giving you editorial tips too.
Once you sign up for the class you’ll receive a more detailed workshop outline. Once payment is received, you’ll get class materials and introductory tasks. To sign up, email email@example.com
The 8 weeks break down as follows:
WEEK 1: VOICE
What is voice? Explore examples of narrative voice and learn how to harness your emotions to find your voice.
WEEK 2: HOOOK
What is a hook? Starting a story can be the most challenging part. Learn the hook formula to understand how best to start a story.
WEEK 3: PLOT
Every story has a beginning, middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Learn the function of plot and how to break the rules.
WEEK 4: POV
Who tells your story? That’s the function of POV or point of view. Different POV’s tell different stories. Learn which one works for you.
WEEK 5: CHARACTER
Put two people in a room together and something will happen. What that thing is depends on their character. Learn how character shapes and expands your story.
WEEK 6: DIALOGUE
Most people think the function of dialogue is speech. It’s not. Learn the real function of dialogue and how to use it to sharpen your prose.
WEEK 7: FORM
What is the best form for your story and style of writing? Explore different forms and change your perception of your writing.
WEEK 8: PITCH
How to pitch literary and mainstream titles, learn the difference in pitching styles and which markets are right for your work.
WEEK 9: BONUS HOUR
During this one-on-one time, I’ll go through your work clarifying the markets right for your work, revising your pitch and encouraging you to pitch your work.
WHAT YOU GET
Reading material and weekly lessons that you can do on your own time
Personal feedback and discussion via email and online class
Weekly opportunity to submit your work and get tips on how it can be improved
An understanding of the market and how your work fits into it
To get more info on workshop format and course content, email firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO AM I?
I have been a freelance writer for almost 20 years. I started my freelance career working for an art website where I wrote the backstory to the artist’s work. When I later moved to Spain, I wrote cultural content for local property magazines in the south of Spain and Portugal.
Though I attended a bunch of creative writing classes in my 20s, I didn’t start writing fiction until my mid-30s. Then I got obsessed. I worked on a novel for four years, finally using it to secure a place at the University of Manchester where I received my Masters in Creative Writing in 2013.
Since then I’ve been holed up working on another novel, a project I worked on for six years before shelving. I tell you this because this is the hard work of writing, knowing when it’s time to shelve something and move on. I’ve discovered it’s the hardest and most important thing to do.
Most people think writing is filling a page with words. Actually, writing isn’t about what you put down but what you take away. By now I’ve spent more than 10 years honing my craft. I’m currently working on another book pitch and a collection of poetry.
And I’ve reached a point where I’d love nothing more than to share my insights. In recent years, I’ve been thinking about how best to tell the stories of stoners, drawing on my own experience. What I see now is the best way to do this is to empower other stoners to tell their own stories.
Not only am I going to show you how to write your story, I’ll give you insider tips on pitching and publishing, and the attention you need to take your story to the next level.
To read samples of my published work, click on the following
Short Story on The Manchester Review: Waiting for Liz’s Honda
Report in Cannabis Business Times on using hemp to restore Ireland’s most inhospitable land
Blog post on The Healthy Hashhead: The Lies I Tell Myself about Cannabis
Feature in Merry Jane on Spain’s cannabis social club model
Personal Essay on Catapult: Not Everything Legal is Clean
FRIDAY 3rd JUNE till FRIDAY July 22nd
Note: Individual classes will be recorded and made available to you to watch in your own time
8-Week Online Workshop $425
This fee is payable in 2 instalments
On top, I’m offering an exclusive early bird 30% discount to anyone who pays in full by May 22nd – this is the only time it will be possible to get access to the tenets of creative writing for such a competitive price.
30% discount = $297.50
For more info on price and payment terms, email email@example.com