Get High and Find Your Writing Voice

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: thehealthyhashhead@gmail.com

WORKSHOP BENEFITS

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

WORKSHOP FORMAT

8-Week Course

2 Hour class each week in private room on Hi-Curious platform

Daily prompts and weekly homework

Collaboration and revision

Small class size

Personal attention

Bonus one-on-one time to take your work to the next level

WORKSHOP CONTENT

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 thehealthyhashhead@gmail.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 thehealthyhashhead@gmail.com

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

WORKSHOP DATES

FRIDAY 3rd JUNE till FRIDAY July 22nd

Note: Individual classes will be recorded and made available to you to watch in your own time

WORKSHOP PRICE

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 thehealthyhashhead@gmail.com

Published by The Healthy Hashhead

The Healthy Hashhead is a writer, poet, cannabis educator and sports nutritionist, dedicated to spreading the message of the conscious consumption through unique content that speaks to regular users of cannabis.

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