At the heart of every story lies the gold of discovery—a nugget of truth, beauty and transformation that can change both writer and reader forever. All Alchemy courses and coaching will help you to translate your lived wisdom to the page.
Alchemy Elements supports writers interested in developing their craft and investigating essential aspects of narrative and the writing process. Alchemy Elements is Literary Alchemy: A 6-Month Book Writing Course broken into three essential segments:
- FOUNDATION (4 sessions): Explore the nature of the narrator. Prepare to excavate familiar personal stories to unearth unexpected perspectives and valuable material for your memoir, personal essay or work of general or literary non-fiction. Discover how creativity exercises and mindful awareness practice help us to see old stories with new eyes. This workshop is equally helpful for journal writing, too. Classes include: The Nature of the Narrator, Personal Alchemy, The Structure of Story & Reading Night. ALCHEMY FOUNDATION is a PRE-REQUISITE for CRAFT and CRUCIBLE classes.
- CRAFT (6 sessions): The craft tools of writing are so satisfying to use when we understand what they are and how and when to use them. Whether forging a voice as unique as our own DNA or nailing the idiosyncrasies of dialogue, feeling how a story suddenly springs to life with a powerful narrative arc or at last knowing what it means to write a scene or smooth a transition, CRAFT classes give you the tools to commit your story to the page and finally write the powerful story that is yours to write. Classes include Scene & Transition, Character & Dialogue, Voice, Show, Don't Tell and 2 Reading Nights. ALCHEMY FOUNDATION is a PRE-REQUISITE for this class.
- CRUCIBLE (6 sessions): We are living in a time of unprecedented change when the stories we have assumed to be true about identity, what has value and whose story matters are undergoing radical revision. Our words matter. The stories we tell ourselves and each other matter. And every writer has a role to play shaping the evolving narrative of our times. CRUCIBLE classes explore our basic assumptions and invites us to drop the stories that no longer serve to write the stories that we most need to hear. Classes include: Alchemy of the Depths, Visionary Knowing & Mythic Imagination, Re-Writing Cultural Narrative, You and Your Work in the World & Reading Nights. ALCHEMY FOUNDATION is a PRE-REQUISITE for this class.
Writers of all ages and skill levels welcome. Register below.
ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kristin Kaye is an award-winning author, ghostwriter and book coach. Books include her novel TREE DREAMS (Winner 2018 Int'l Book Awards, 'A superbly written tale filled with realistic, engaging and quirky characters.' ~ Kirkus Reviews) and her memoir IRON MAIDENS: The Celebration of the Most Awesome Female Muscle in the World (Finalist 2006 Oregon Book Awards, One of 5 Books for Women Who Resist Easy Definition ~ Utne). Kristin has taught workshops at schools, colleges and environmental organizations across the US. She is a meditation teacher and her own decade-long practice of Tibetan Buddhism informs her creative process. Learn more at kristinkaye.com.
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