What Are You Doing This Coming Sunday? Create a New Piece of Writing with Writing Chai Studio Free Introductory Session

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Launching in June 2020, the Writing Chai Studio offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to find the stories within them and bring them onto the page. Find the voice that makes you unique.

Using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, using time-based prompts as inspiration. All material is considered fiction and all work receives responses about what resonates or sticks. There is no critique. Certified AWA-facilitator Barbara Krasner will provide the prompts.

About the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

Pat Schneider founded the method through her book, Writing Alone and with Others (Oxford University Press, 2003). Nothing could be more appropriate to the COVID times we’re living through right now. The AWA method adheres to Five Essential Affirmations:

  1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice
  2. Everyone is born with creative genius
  3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level
  4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem
  5. A writer is someone who writes

Join Us on June 7 at 11 am ET for a Quick Introduction!

For anyone interested in generating new ideas, generating new work, or just engaging in a regular writing practice, try out Writing Chai’s Quick Introduction for free!

See what the AWA method can do for your writing!

When: Sunday, June 7, 11:00 am ET

Where: Zoom info to come (you can also dial in for audio only)

Duration: 60 minutes

Send an email to barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net to sign up.

Upcoming Workshops

Writing Family History

Perhaps you’ve come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you’ve found your immigrant grandparents’ citizenship papers. In this three-week cycle, we’ll write to timed prompts to help you put your thoughts on the page. Each session will last two hours via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm EDT. Family history can be preserved forever if someone, maybe you, writes it down. Fee: $150, starts June 16, 2020.

Writing Memoir

Memoirist Sue William Silverman writes in her craft book, Fearless Confessions, that memoir involves the connection between the voice of experience and the voice of innocence. We’ll write to a variety of prompts to bring these voices together with insight and respect. We’ll meet via Zoom for two hours each week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am EDT, for a five-week cycle. Fee: $225, starts June 17, 2020.

General Writing Chai

This is an ideal workshop for anyone with a work in progress or just a desire to get words down on the page. Perhaps you’re stick in your writing. This workshop will give you the gentle nudge to move forward in ways that might surprise you. This is a five-week workshop for two hours each on Sunday mornings at 11 am EDT. Fee: $225, starts June 14, 2020.

Writing Chai Studio Coaching Services

Writing Chai Studio also offers three coaching services: Submission Strategies, Writing Career, and Manuscript Critique. Contact barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net for details.

About Barbara Krasner

AWA-certified facilitator Barbara Krasner has been writing with the AWA method since 2011 and received her training in 2013. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and young readers. Work using the method has appeared in Jewish Literary Journal, Poetica, Michigan Quarterly Review, South 85 Journal, Peregrine, and other literary journals. She has been nominated for a fiction Pushcart and her middle-grade novel in verse about the ill-fated 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, 37 Days at Sea, debuts Spring 2021 from Kar-Ben.

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Reminder: A Free Introductory Writing Session!

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Launching in June 2020, the Writing Chai Studio offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to find the stories within them and bring them onto the page. Find the voice that makes you unique.

Using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, using time-based prompts as inspiration. All material is considered fiction and all work receives responses about what resonates or sticks. There is no critique. Certified AWA-facilitator Barbara Krasner will provide the prompts.

About the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

Pat Schneider founded the method through her book, Writing Alone and with Others (Oxford University Press, 2003). Nothing could be more appropriate to the COVID times we’re living through right now. The AWA method adheres to Five Essential Affirmations:

  1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice
  2. Everyone is born with creative genius
  3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level
  4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem
  5. A writer is someone who writes

Join Us on June 7 at 11 am ET for a Quick Introduction!

For anyone interested in generating new ideas, generating new work, or just engaging in a regular writing practice, try out Writing Chai’s Quick Introduction for free!

See what the AWA method can do for your writing!

When: Sunday, June 7, 11:00 am ET

Where: Zoom info to come (you can also dial in for audio only)

Duration: 60 minutes

Send an email to barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net to sign up.

Upcoming Workshops

Writing Family History

Perhaps you’ve come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you’ve found your immigrant grandparents’ citizenship papers. In this three-week cycle, we’ll write to timed prompts to help you put your thoughts on the page. Each session will last two hours via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm EDT. Family history can be preserved forever if someone, maybe you, writes it down. Fee: $150, starts June 16, 2020.

Writing Memoir

Memoirist Sue William Silverman writes in her craft book, Fearless Confessions, that memoir involves the connection between the voice of experience and the voice of innocence. We’ll write to a variety of prompts to bring these voices together with insight and respect. We’ll meet via Zoom for two hours each week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am EDT, for a five-week cycle. Fee: $225, starts June 17, 2020.

General Writing Chai

This is an ideal workshop for anyone with a work in progress or just a desire to get words down on the page. Perhaps you’re stick in your writing. This workshop will give you the gentle nudge to move forward in ways that might surprise you. This is a five-week workshop for two hours each on Sunday mornings at 11 am EDT. Fee: $225, starts June 14, 2020.

Writing Chai Studio Coaching Services

Writing Chai Studio also offers three coaching services: Submission Strategies, Writing Career, and Manuscript Critique. Contact barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net for details.

About Barbara Krasner

AWA-certified facilitator Barbara Krasner has been writing with the AWA method since 2011 and received her training in 2013. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and young readers. Work using the method has appeared in Jewish Literary Journal, Poetica, Michigan Quarterly Review, South 85 Journal, Peregrine, and other literary journals. She has been nominated for a fiction Pushcart and her middle-grade novel in verse about the ill-fated 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, 37 Days at Sea, debuts Spring 2021 from Kar-Ben.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. Yesterday I announced Writing Chai Studio with a free introductory session and three new summer writing workshops.  Please check it out!
  2. I attended a wonderful poetry reading last night sponsored by CavanKerry Press. The Whole Megillah subscriber Joan Seliger Sidney read from her powerful collection, Body of Diminishing Motion.
  3. The more I take advantage of online readings and tutorials, the more inspired my writing becomes. What sessions are you participating in? What do you recommend?

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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Announcing the Writing Chai Studio and a Free Introductory Writing Session

Everyone Has a Story to Tell

Launching in June 2020, the Writing Chai Studio offers writers of all genres and all levels the opportunity to find the stories within them and bring them onto the page. Find the voice that makes you unique.

Using the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method, using time-based prompts as inspiration. All material is considered fiction and all work receives responses about what resonates or sticks. There is no critique. Certified AWA-facilitator Barbara Krasner will provide the prompts.

About the Amherst Writers & Artists Method

Pat Schneider founded the method through her book, Writing Alone and with Others (Oxford University Press, 2003). Nothing could be more appropriate to the COVID times we’re living through right now. The AWA method adheres to Five Essential Affirmations:

  1. Everyone has a strong, unique voice
  2. Everyone is born with creative genius
  3. Writing as an art form belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level
  4. The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem
  5. A writer is someone who writes

Join Us on June 7 at 11 am ET for a Quick Introduction!

For anyone interested in generating new ideas, generating new work, or just engaging in a regular writing practice, try out Writing Chai’s Quick Introduction for free!

See what the AWA method can do for your writing!

When: Sunday, June 7, 11:00 am ET

Where: Zoom info to come (you can also dial in for audio only)

Duration: 60 minutes

Send an email to barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net to sign up.

Upcoming Workshops

Writing Family History

Perhaps you’ve come across a photo or a family heirloom that intrigues you. Maybe you’ve found your immigrant grandparents’ citizenship papers. In this three-week cycle, we’ll write to timed prompts to help you put your thoughts on the page. Each session will last two hours via Zoom on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 pm EDT. Family history can be preserved forever if someone, maybe you, writes it down. Fee: $150, starts June 16, 2020.

Writing Memoir

Memoirist Sue William Silverman writes in her craft book, Fearless Confessions, that memoir involves the connection between the voice of experience and the voice of innocence. We’ll write to a variety of prompts to bring these voices together with insight and respect. We’ll meet via Zoom for two hours each week on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am EDT, for a five-week cycle. Fee: $225, starts June 17, 2020.

General Writing Chai

This is an ideal workshop for anyone with a work in progress or just a desire to get words down on the page. Perhaps you’re stick in your writing. This workshop will give you the gentle nudge to move forward in ways that might surprise you. This is a five-week workshop for two hours each on Sunday mornings at 11 am EDT. Fee: $225, starts June 14, 2020.

Writing Chai Studio Coaching Services

Writing Chai Studio also offers three coaching services: Submission Strategies, Writing Career, and Manuscript Critique. Contact barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net for details.

About Barbara Krasner

AWA-certified facilitator Barbara Krasner has been writing with the AWA method since 2011 and received her training in 2013. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adults and young readers. Work using the method has appeared in Jewish Literary Journal, Poetica, Michigan Quarterly Review, South 85 Journal, Peregrine, and other literary journals. She has been nominated for a fiction Pushcart and her middle-grade novel in verse about the ill-fated 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, 37 Days at Sea, debuts Spring 2021 from Kar-Ben.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. I’ve been participating in Amherst Writers & Artists Write Around the World fundraising event. I’ve written in two events so far and have coming up later this week. I’ve written some poetry and started a new short story that came out of nowhere except a visual prompt.
  2. I’m working on revisions for a YA novel/bio in verse. Got out my rhyming dictionary to craft two villanelles.
  3. Stay tuned for an announcement from The Whole Megillah’s Writing Chai–a free, 30-minute writing session using Zoom!

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. I’ve been listening to some free Highlights Foundation craft sessions. I found the one with award-winning poet and picture book author Lesléa Newman particularly inspiring. Check them out.
  2. I decided this week to be kinder to myself. I’m not taking two courses in my PhD program this Summer A semester and will only devote myself to the study of memory in Holocaust and genocide in guided research with one of my favorite professors. Then, in the summer, I’ll finish my coursework with Jewish Folklore in Gratz’s Jewish Studies department. I’m hoping that course both brings me closer to Yiddish culture and inspires some creative writing.
  3. If any of you are reading craft books or listening to podcasts or other events, please share below what’s working for you!

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. I’m now exploring Sol Stein’s craft book, Stein on Writing. It’s a good refresher.
  2. Though funds may disappear as a result of COVID-19-induced university cuts, I’ve signed up for several Amherst Writers & Artists generative writing sessions, including a local (through Zoom now) five-session cycle.
  3. I’m thinking of offering an online class, “The Year of the Novel.” We’ll explore elements of craft with exercises and workshopping to build a novel over the course of a year. Anyone interested in learning more about it? Comment below.

My granddaughter’s now a month old. The stories her parents will tell her!

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. I have officially begun to translate Yiddish poetry. I’m starting with short poems of Rayzl Zhikhlinsky. Only two more Yiddish classes left this semester.
  2. My paper proposal, “Faceless: Dehumanization of Holocaust Perpetrators in Children’s Picture Books,” has been accepted for a seminar on “The Visual Turn in Holocaust Representation” at November’s Holocaust Educational Foundation Lessons & Legacies Conference in Ottawa. I became an HEF Fellow last summer.
  3. I couldn’t sleep last night and opened my Kindle to read Gregory Orr’s A Primer for Poets and Readers of Poetry. Since I have a bio in verse revisions ahead of me for May, it’s a good reminder of narrative and lyrical style.

My little pink bundle of deliciousness, my granddaughter Harper Lillian, is doing well. She’s holding the bottle by herself. One day I hope to see her in person!

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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The Partisans Hymn – Yom Hashoah

This came into my email today. I found it very powerful.

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Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things:

  1. Chag Sameach! A zisen Pesach! We may be conducting a Seder with family through Zoom or braving it alone, but hey, we as a people have been through worse.
  2. Are you keeping any kind of COVID-19 journal? Perhaps some stories, poetry, etc. will come out of that at some point.
  3. I’m working on revisions of two book manuscripts (both biographies, one lower grade and one YA) and still crafting my contemporary novel in verse, one poem at a time. What are you working on?

Oh, and I’m a grandma now! My granddaughter, Harper Lillian, was brought into the world a week ago. Everyone’s doing well.

Be well. Stay well. Be safe indoors.

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