Chavisa Woods

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Writing Through Darkness with Chavisa Woods

Duration: 6 weeks/ 2 hours a week
Days:  Tuesdays 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dates:  January 6th through Feb 3rd, 2020
Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle: Near East 19th Ave and Republican St. (Full address available after sign-up)
Total Price: $250

Maximum 7 students
Literary Prose: Fiction/ Creative Nonfiction
Level: Beginner and Intermediate
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About the workshop: Shirley Jackson Award winning author of Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country, and 100 Times, will lead an intimate, four-week writing workshop in  Capitol Hill, Seattle. 

Theme: This workshop will feature prompts and exercises to help writers create stories with great emotional impact; calibrate tension, engage the reader, become more aware of story structure, narrative arc, and perspective. Fiction and creative non-fiction writers will acquire new tools to build a lasting and meaningful narratives, delving into difficult, dark, and potent subject-matter. 


About the instructor: Chavisa Woods is a MacDowell Fellow and was the recipient of the Shirley Jackson Award, 2018, the Kathy Acker Award in writing, the Cobalt Prize for fiction, was a three time Lambda Literary Award finalist for fiction, and was the recipient of the 2009 Jerome Foundation award for emerging authors.

Chavisa Woods is the author of three books of fiction: Things To Do When You're Goth in the Country (short fiction, 224 pages, Seven Stories Press, an imprint of Penguin/Random House, 2017); The Albino Album, (novel, 560 pages Seven Stories Press, an imprint of Penguin/Random House, 2013) ; and Love Does Not Make Me Gentle or Kind (full-length fiction, 200 pages) Fly by Night Press, 2009 Second Edition Autonomedia Press /Unbearables imprint, 2013.

Her most recent book, 100 Times (A Memoir of Sexism) will be release by Seven Stories Press June 25th, 2019. 

Her writing has appeared in such publications as Tin House, LitHub, Electric Lit, The Brooklyn Rail, The Evergreen Review, New York Quarterly,  Cleaver Magazine, Jadaliyya, and others. Her work has received praise from The New York Times, Publisher's weekly, The Stranger, Seattle Review of Books, Booklist, Electric Lit, Pop Matters, The RumpusThe Library Journal, and many other publications.  

Woods has appeared as a featured author at such notable venues as The Whitney Museum of American Art, City Lights Bookstore, Town Hall Seattle, The Brecht Forum, The Cervantes Institute, Elliot Bay, Bluestockings Bookstore, and St. Mark’s Poetry Project. 

Woods has presented lectures and conducted workshops  on short fiction and poetry at a number of academic institutions, including: New York University (NYU), Mount Holyoke College, Penn State, Sarah Lawrence College, Bard College, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Tech, Hugo House, and the New School.