Crow Collective Writing Workshops

Crow Collective presents writing workshops, by the writing community, for the writing community. What’s coming up?

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September TBA
October Credible: Creating Unreliable Narrators
November Writing The Wild: Creative and Narrative Non-fiction That Bites
December The Mighty and the Flawed: Characters That Demand Attention
January Mindful Flow and Mental Strategies for Writing
February Exploring Imagery and Resonance in Flash and Short Fiction
March The Beauty and Power of Sentences

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October 2021
Credible: Creating Unreliable Narrators
When used effectively, unreliable narrators can infuse your work with mystery and intrigue, keeping your reader off-balance and on the edge of their seat. In this workshop Lindz McLeod shows you how to structure believable, interesting dialogue. Using exercises designed to create subtextual clues, she’ll lead you through the process of ‘breadcrumbing’ – dropping clues for your reader. Next, she’ll help you create an unreliable character, and show you how to apply these dialogue techniques to your prose to create a narrator that readers want to believe, but know they can’t trust.

Date Saturday, October 23, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Lindz McLeod is a queer, working-class, Scottish writer who dabbles in the surreal. Her prose has been published by the New Guard, Cossmass Infinities, the Scottish Book Trust, and many more. She is a member of the SFWA and is represented by Headwater Literary Management.

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November 2021
Writing the Wild: Creative and Narrative Non-fiction That Bites
This is a two hour participatory workshop with lots of prompts and plenty of interaction. Over the session you’ll have the chance to generate a new piece of work which you’ll then be able to develop through several stages until you have a draft that sings on the page. We’ll talk about what makes good non-fiction stand out, how to get noticed by editors and publishers, and what to do next in your writing journey. This workshop will work for you if you’re new to writing non-fiction or about the natural world. It will also work for you if you’ve thousands of words under your belt.

Date Saturday, November 13, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
E. E. Rhodes is an archaeologist who lives slap bang in the middle of England. Her prose and poetry appears in a range of anthologies and journals and has won or placed in more than forty competitions. She writes a column about rural issues for Spelt Magazine and is a reader for Twin Pies Literary. She’s been teaching adults for thirty years and has led creative writing workshops as part of several U.K. festivals.

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December 2021
The Mighty and the Flawed: Characters That Demand Attention
Welcome to a generative opportunity to focus on your writing! In this two hour workshop, we will create dynamic characters through action and counterpoint by looking at examples from poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction to find unforgettable characters. In this generative workshop, you’ll find ways to imbue your stories with depth and resonance grounded in specific and unique characters Prompts and example texts will help you discover the characters your poems, fiction, and creative non-fiction have been missing. Our guide will be this quote from Charles Baxter: “Fiction is that place where human beings do not have to be better than they really are, where characters can and should confront each other, where they must create scenes, where desire will have its day, where all truth is beautiful.” Join Tommy Dean in creating characters we won’t forget, by writing in an inclusive and positive environment.

Date Saturday, December 4, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Tommy Dean is the author of two flash fiction chapbooks Special Like the People on TV (Redbird Chapbooks, 2014) and Covenants (ELJ Editions, 2021). He lives in Indiana where he currently is the Editor at Fractured Lit and Uncharted Magazine. A graduate of the Queens University of Charlotte MFA program, he is currently working on a novel. A recipient of
the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction, his writing can be found in Best Microfiction 2019 and 2020, Best Small Fiction 2019, Monkeybicycle, and the Atticus Review. He taught writing workshops for the Gotham Writers Workshop, the Barrelhouse Conversations and Connections conference, and The Lafayette Writer’s Workshop. Find him at tommydeanwriter.com and on Twitter @TommyDeanWriter.

January 2022
Mindful Flow and Mental Strategies for Writing
This workshop will explore the intersection of our mental health and writing. This will include universal challenges in writing, maintaining good writing practices, managing well-being and self-care, as well as challenges around negative thinking, procrastination and writers’ guilt.

We will discuss cognitive distortions around writing, writing expectations, writing goals, mindfulness and healthier writing habits. This will include several exercises to identify and shift negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors around writing and to create more positive ones. We will address productivity, procrastination and guilt, and specific strategies for managing these.We will balance productivity with an acceptance of individual working styles and individual goals. Please note We can discuss individual challenges more broadly but this is not a therapeutic space.

Date Saturday, January 22, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Zebib K. Abraham, M.D. (she/her) is a writer and psychiatrist. She is completing an MFA at University of Edinburgh. She has been published in The Rumpus, Apparition Lit, The Selkie, Midnight & Indigo, and more, with forthcoming publications in Fantasy Magazine and others. She is a staff writer for Spectrum Culture. She is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). She is black, queer, and from an immigrant background.

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February 2022
Exploring Imagery and Resonance in Flash and Short Fiction
What are the stories that stick with us? That make us want to reread them, just to linger over the lines? In this workshop with Farhana Khalique, we will explore different extracts and writing exercises that focus on unique imagery and building layers of resonance, with a view to developing our own stories. Farhana will also share some of her own writing processes and experiences of going from inspiration, to idea, to draft, to publication.

Date Saturday, February 12, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Farhana Khalique is a writer, voiceover artist and teacher from south-west London. Her stories have appeared in the* National Flash Fiction Day Anthology 2021, Leicester Writes Short Story Prize Anthology 2020, Reflex Press, Lighthouse, Litro, Popshot and more. She is also the editor of Desi Reads and a submissions editor at SmokeLong Quarterly.

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March 2022
The Beauty and Power of Sentences
Learn how to refresh your writing with sentences that build atmosphere, character, rhythm and story. Explore the key elements of a sentence and practice the power of one beautiful sentence following another.

Date Saturday, March 12, 11 AM EST / 4 PM BST

About Instructor
Audrey Niven is a Scottish writer based in London. A former advertising strategist and qualitative researcher, she knows the power of carefully chosen words to express the heart of an idea. In 2021 she traded in the glamour and long-haul flights to write flash fiction and work on her novel. She also provides developmental editing services and coaching for writers.

“Working with Audrey, I have always felt that she was using her considerable talents to make my work better, whilst always allowing me to retain my own voice where someone else might try to substitute their own. I wholeheartedly recommend working with her -she will make your writing shine.” Rachel O’Cleary, Award-winning Flash Fiction writer

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