Our world is different.
We are in our homes. We have stresses and anxieties that we couldn't have imagined two months ago.
I've heard from so many of you. You're trying to carve out a few minutes of your day to write. Something, anything. And you don't know what to say. You're distracted. You're fearful. You have no idea where to start.
Maybe you had a blog. Maybe you were writing personal essays or a memoir or a novel. Maybe you've never written anything before, but you want to put your thoughts down on paper (or the computer screen).
You want focus. You want community. You want to feel less alone. You don't want more stress, more reasons to feel discouraged.
Each daily exercise will be an opportunity and an invitation for you to write and open up. To try out a new writing strategy. To respond to a reading or a prompt. To explore a memory. To make sense of what you're feeling right now, in this new world.
Join us starting Monday, May 11th and ending June 1st.
Here’s What You’ll Get:
- 10 writing exercises or prompts, over three weeks, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, specifically tailored to this moment in our history.
- A commitment of 15 minutes per day.
- A secret community, off of Facebook, solely devoted to this course.
- Post your response to each exercise or prompt directly to this supportive community and get feedback and encouragement from the instructor and other students.
- Two optional Zoom meetings.
- No judgment, no pressure.
- Connection and motivation from women who are also craving connection and motivation.
- Please let us know if you are facing financial difficulties, and we can discuss making arrangements for a discount.
This is not an ordinary writing class because these are not ordinary times.
The goal of this class is to get you writing again, or to get you to try out a different kind of writing. A writing that's about doing what we can right now, when our lives have changed.
But that's not all. It's also about how storytelling — the act of telling our stories — can improve our lives right now. Our brains are naturally wired to make sense of our lives through stories. Our stories not only reflect what has happened in our lives but the way we tell them can also help us shape what's to come.
This is a time when we might be searching for meaning.
Telling our stories — and hearing the stories of other women — can help us get through this time.
What former students have said:
"A hands-on, practical and communal course that solidified my appreciation for personal essays and the women who write them."
"I've taken many writing classes with lots of great teachers but every technique presented in this class was something new for me. The lessons were fresh with lots of very concrete instructions and specific assignments, all of which made me a much better and more focused writer. Thank you!"
"Jessica understood me. She helped me bring out my best ideas and put them into writing. I had the opportunity to develop my writing skills in both a nurturing yet rigorous environment."
About the Instructor
Jessica has been the co-editor of The HerStories Project since 2014.
She has taught writing to students in elementary school through graduate school. Through the HerStories Project, Jessica has designed and led online courses that have helped hundreds of writers improve their peronal essay writing and blogging.
Jessica is a freelance writer and former English and history teacher. A graduate of Wesleyan University, she earned a Masters of Arts in Teaching, as well as a doctorate, from Boston University. She has been a Teaching Fellow at Florida State University and Boston University.
A mom of two young kids, and in her mid-forties, Jessica is also firmly in the "messy middle" of her own life.
The HerStories Project is a writing and publishing community for women. We have published four successful anthologies, including MY OTHER EX: WOMEN'S TRUE STORIES OF LEAVING AND LOSING FRIENDS and MOTHERING THROUGH THE DARKNESS: WOMEN ON THE POSTPARTUM EXPERIENCE. In addition, we publish personal essays from midlife women on our website. Since 2014, we have taught personal essay writing and blogging to hundreds of writers through our online and in-person workshops.