Writing The Deeply Personal
A Creative Writing Workshop
We all have great stories to tell, but sometimes the other people in those stories would rather we didn’t. Or maybe we don’t want to reveal some crucial aspects of ourselves in our own story. This stuff is complicated. In Writing the Deeply Personal Workshop we will learn to work through those complications and write our stories.
*** Deeply Personal doesn’t not necessarily mean “gut-wrenching, trauma-fueled.” In my case, I have four teenagers who do not like to be included in my writing (not even like this!). As I frequently write about homeschooling this is a real challenge for me. For you, the deeply personal challenge may include a parent or spouse with a great story or anecdote who would rather not be in the spotlight. Or maybe it is something darker. All participants will have a choice in what kind of material they are exposed to for peer reviews and traumatic works will not be used in course examples. ***
Working with several writing prompts we will explore how to best rely our stories, though you can easily adapt the exercises to your current project(s).
Fiction writers are welcome to join this workshop and will enjoy the original writing prompts and approaches to develop our writing skills.
In Essex / £59
When: Sunday August 12, 2018 / 10:00 – 4:00
Where: Chapters Coffee Corner / 833-835 High Road Goodmayes, Essex IG3 8TD
Details: Bring a laptop or other writing materials / We will break for lunch but may individually work through it.
Who: Only ten spaces available for this workshop / Women only / Muslim-centered
BONUS: Writers who attend the workshop are encouraged to continue their work in the online workshop which begins August and is discounted for attends to only £29 (normally £129 for writers only attending online workshop). Joining the online workshop will allow you to further the work you begin at Chapters or explore new/other storylines and receive more feedback and assistance from Brooke Benoit and a fresh batch of peer writers.
Online / Five-weeks beginning Sunday August 19 / £129
Click here to register only for the online course.
- Reserve your space at Chapters Coffee Corner in Essex for the August 12, 2108 workshop.
Essex AND Online
- Attend both the workshop in Essex and continue online for only £88.
- (Online workshop by itself is £129)
Facilitator: Brooke Benoit studied photography, filmmaking and conceptual art at the San Francisco Art Institute before finishing a degree in English Writing, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Literacies from the University of Anchorage in Alaska. Her passion is to assist creatives in reaching their audiences through their chosen medium. She is the former Content Director of SISTERS Magazine and the editor-in-chief of The Lifestyle Magazine. Brooke has published several books: How to Survive Homeschooling, Fitra Journal (four issues) and The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal. She co-hosts retreats for Muslimahs via The Big Reconnect Sleepover and runs a non-profit education-enriching program near her home in southern Morocco.
Ready to get it done? Sign up for this course. I’m so glad I took Brooke’s workshop to force myself to get some writing done that I had been wanting to do for months. If you’re a beginner this will give you a kick start to get writing. If you already write a lot it may be what you need to flesh out the thoughts you’ve had swirling around but not put down to paper.
-Amanda Mouttaki, marocmama.com
Loved it! This workshop was what I needed to make me focus more on writing and also realize that I did have things to say that people would want to read. Brooke was a focused, patient and supportive facilitator/teacher who gave us enough information to find our way and if we appeared lost she was there to give more support. It was also a diverse group and allowed me not to worry about writing for only one audience of people. The fact that it was online was great as it was flexible but if you register for the next workshop, go in knowing it will be a challenging, hardworking yet wonderful transformation!
My first encounter with Brooke Benoit was when the Islamic advisor for SISTERS tore up an article I had written. Brooke asked me to rewrite it, but after staring at the screen for a couple of days, I couldn’t find a way to stay true to my own voice while addressing the issues brought up by the advisor. When I voiced my reservations to Brooke, what I expected was that she would write back and tell me if I was unable to fix the piece, then it would be scrapped. I was quite confident that would be her response; after all, her priority as the editor had to be that she keep the pace of articles flowing to meet deadlines, and surely advising individual writers would only set her back. I understood completely and was fully expecting her to give me a quick, ‘better luck next time.’ But Brooke didn’t do that at all. Instead, she took the time to more fully explain the advisor’s criticisms, his reservations, and even gave me ideas as to how to work the article so that I could stay true to myself while addressing the points the advisor had made. With Brooke as my coach, I was able to revise an otherwise dead article and send it back to her within just days. It was my first experience with her, and with it, I knew that I had found a mentor.
Brooke has since helped me with various issues regarding the publishing of my debut novel as well as acted as an invaluable beta reader for my second book. Her encouragement and sincere direction are valuable tools she so generously shares with her writers and clients. Brooke is a professional editor who provides guidance and encouragement while maintaining the human connection. I have no doubt that her students will benefit greatly from her instruction and I look forward to taking her class in the future.
-Hend Hegazi, Author of Normal Calm
Brooke Benoit is very resourceful. If you’re serious about writing and you want a different angle of opinion or perspective on your work, do not hesitate to hire her! She’s got talent masha’Allah!
Brooke Benoit is a beta reader for everything I write for publication. Her editing eye is fantastic and she is familiar with cultural language patterns so she knows when something is clunky versus patois being used correctly. She also asks great questions that push me to write more clearly or to fill in things to make a story, poem or essay better. She is not a heavy-handed editor and really respects and honors the voice of the writer, but she does give important advice and catch all the spelling, grammar, sentence structure and other errors.
-Aaminah Shakur, Artist, Art Historian, Healer, Poet, Force of Nature