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2 Day Prose Workshop: How To Tell The Truth in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Every Genre In Between

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CourseGraphic Whether I am writing nonfiction or fiction, I am always searching for one thing to gift my reader: Truth with a capital T. My students and I talk about this frequently and I've finally decided it makes the most sense to structure a whole class around the concept of Truth, rather than genre. This class (or these classes, depending on what I end up teaching) will give you the tools to write the truth in whichever genre calls to you. We'll mix, we'll match, we'll debate whether genre even matters!

My goal for these classes is to introduce students to writers they may not already know, encourage students to think critically about how to tell their own personal truths, empower students to generate new work and revise old work, create a supportive container for students to take writing risks, and honestly, make space for fun and joy in our writing practices, because in 2022 we all deserve that.

July 29th & July 30th, 2023
Saturday & Sunday, 1:00pm-4:00pm EST 
On Zoom 

Vanessa is relentlessly supportive of her students' work, honoring their voices while encouraging them to continue improving their technique and understanding of genre. — Naomi Solomon, Director of Education at 826NYC
I would not be the writer I am today without Vanessa’s feedback – every time she asked me to rewrite something with emotions at the center, new meanings emerged. — Mary Ann Thomas, Asking For Elephants
Shout out to Vanessa for making me feel so freaking happy and included every time she spoke. — Camper Feedback from Autostraddle Camp 2018

Vanessa is an extremely talented and generous teacher. She brought warmth and attention to each student's contributions, whether they were sharing work or sharing thoughts on a reading or just saying something in the chat -- she was conscious of making every person feel seen and included, which is a true gift and craft. She shifted the content of the course in order to best meet the desires of the class, which I really appreciated, and she was able to really foster a sense of community and place even though we were all tiny Zoom screens floating in space together. I cannot speak highly enough of this experience (and have already convinced two people to take her upcoming courses!). — former student

Vanessa is an amazing teacher! I'm so inspired by her and the way she encourages all of us. It was a really spectacular experience, I love the space she created for all of us. — former student

I loved this workshop so much and I absolutely do not want it to end! — former student

Class Details

2 Session(s)
Weekly - Sat, Sun

NA - Online

Vanessa Friedman 



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
7/29/2023 - 7/30/2023 Weekly - Sun, Sat 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM N/A - Online Vanessa Friedman