Monthly Online Workshops
Praise for the Bending Genres Online Workshops
Surpassed my Expectations!
“Alina’s prose poetry workshop surpassed my expectations! I feel as though I were given a semester’s worth of in-depth instruction and several fabulous prompts I can use in the future. Alina’s style of teaching is both motivating and inspiring and her feedback excellent and encouraging. A great experience!”
Extraordinary on So Many Levels
“Without question, this was one of the most fulfilling instructional courses I’ve ever taken. Alina Stefanescu was extraordinary on so many levels. Her materials were dense, varied, clear and thought-provoking. She came at the craft in unusual ways that were invigorating and that at once opened up my creativity, unlocking ideas and phrasings that were fresh and new to me. As wonderful as all that was, Alina was so generous with her feedback on each and every piece, highlighting what worked and offering ideas to consider if I wanted to take the piece in a different direction. Bending Genres nails it time and time again with their workshops, and Alina’s took it to a screaming next level.”
“I have taken several of the Bending Genres workshops now, and I do it for one reason—they work. I feel very excited by the prospect of sinking in to a weekend of writing and learning so much about the craft of flash. I love the variety of teachers (all of whom are experts in the field) and to share my writing and the whole process. I’d say nearly all the stories I’ve written during the workshops have gotten published. Highly recommended.“
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Mine What Matters
Opening Up and Shutting Down: The Art of Beginning and Ending
Sabrina Orah Mark
Writing & Failure: On Disappointments, Shame, Failure and Getting Lost
April 19 – 21, 2019
There’s no time to screw around in short fiction. Language is lovely, and we can get all hot and bothered on style and imagery, but without a story that kicks us in the kishkes then what are we doing? In this weekend workshop we’ll generate with abandon then pare down without mercy, wielding the scalpel to unearth the inimitable urgency that makes your story LIVE. Where does imperative come from? (tension, precision, honesty, focus, want, desire, for starters.) We’ll examine works that embody that “so, what?” vibrating with an unshakable purpose that hooks and devastates the reader. This is the heartmeat. This is what lies inside of us, inside narrative. Sometimes, the gold gets lost or buried. It is our job as writers to mine what matters, to buff and burnish it, and let it shine shine shine in all its beautiful ruin.
May 24 – 26, 2019
Most writers struggle with how to begin and end their stories, and rightly so—a lot rides on those few lines. Here’s the problem: the way a short story starts is more than just “exciting” or “interesting”—and the way it ends is more than just “satisfying” or “mind-blowing” (though that’s what your readers might think). Beginnings and endings are an essential part of how a story is structured, generated, and what it means. To find our own beginnings and endings we will study several excellent (and a few not so excellent) examples—then we will dig deep into the hearts of our own stories to find out what they mean so we can hand that knowledge directly to our reader. Whether you need help with a story you’ve been puzzling over, or you want to write something fresh (or both!), we will be talking premises, conceits, themes and surprises in order to bring the heart of your story to its edges.
June 14 – 16, 2019
In this workshop we will ruin everything. We will fall down the well, eat the poisonous berries, and take unforgivable risks. We will say things we never meant to say, destroy the living room, write the worst thing, break all the glass, hurt everybody’s feelings, get very lost, and then find ourselves disheveled in a crowd of strangers.
Kathy Fish: Getting to the Heart of the matter: Creating Emotionally Charged Flash Fiction
November 9 – 11, 2018
What makes us have to tell the stories we don’t want to? Why do we select flash as the vehicle to use for this? What makes your flash uniquely your own? One of our most venerated teachers of flash, Kathy Fish, who teaches her Fast Flash workshops, will host this powerhouse course. It’s nearly full and you won’t want to miss out! Come prepared to write with a lack of sleep needed!
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Bud Smith: How to Use a Rocket Pack
December 7 – 9, 2018
How do we clear up time in the average day, and use that window of time to get out of our own way so we can generate flash fiction/ short stories/ poems/ pieces of a novel? How can we arrive at a mindset where no idea is a bad idea, is a silly idea, is a worthless idea? This course will offer practical thoughts about how to write freewheeling first drafts, and how to approach the rewrites of those drafts in a more sober mindset. Participants will leave the workshop with at least two new pieces of work created, with the option to send a third piece to Bud Smith for closer comments on whatever their project is.