April/May Classes Offered by Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

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I’m excited to share my finalized course schedule for April and May. I will be offering a session of Writing through Trauma for women only, as well as two new classes, designed based on interest and request. Please contact me with any questions. And please share!

Writing through Trauma for WOMEN ONLY

Dates: 6 Mondays from April 13-May 18, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Unity of Bloomington
Cost: $80
Instructor: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

This class will be a supportive space for adult writers who identify as women and are negotiating difficult topics, regardless of genre or experience. We will discuss writing our trauma from a safe space, self-care, critical reading, how to give and receive constructive criticism, what writing style works best for us and why, finding our voices, and point of view among other topics. At least 30 minutes of every session will be devoted to in-class writing. Writers are encouraged to share their work, but not required. Regular out-of-class writing and reading will be assigned for in-class discussion. Maximum 8 participants. For more information, contact Shawna at shawna.ainslie@gmail.com or visit her website, honeyquill.com.

Beginning Storytelling: Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Dates: 8 Tuesdays from April 14-May19, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: Unity of Bloomington
Cost: $125 (includes materials)
Instructor: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

This class will provide an six week introduction to various aspects of storytelling in the closely-related genres of fiction and creative nonfiction. Topics will include point of view, voice, setting, characterization, plot and other standard storytelling devices. We will engage these topics through writing prompts during each session and discussion of weekly reading assignments. This will be a small group setting for adults. The class fee includes reading and practice materials provided by the instructor. Maximum 15 participants. For more information, contact Shawna at shawna.ainslie@gmail.com or visit her website, honeyquill.com.

Story Development (for Fiction and Creative Nonfiction)

Saturdays April 11, May 2 and 23 plus 3 scheduled exchanges
3:00-5:00 PM
$150
Instructor: Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

This class is designed for development of fiction and nonfiction writing projects and ideas for adults. This will included three group writing and generative workshop sessions as well as three written constructive critiques (by the instructor) of your produced work. Participants can expect to receive individually-tailored writing prompts and social networking and publication direction where possible.  The first two critiques will take place after group sessions one and two. The third will be received during the one-on-one meeting. Students need to be able to type their work, have access to email, and be willing to share in class. Maximum 6 participants. For more information, contact Shawna at shawna.ainslie@gmail.com or visit her website, honeyquill.com.

I also offer limited private writing coaching. You can design your experience.

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