Classes & Groups

fullsizeoutput_389aMemoir Writing Classes

Do you love to write but have a hard time getting started? In these generative writing classes, you will receive the guidance and support to dive deep into your stories. All levels of writing experience welcome.

When: Wednesdays, Oct 14 – Dec 16 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 12:30-2:30, MST, Online, on Zoom
Limited to 5 Students, 9 weeks, $225 (FULL)

When: Thursdays, Oct 15 – Dec 17 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 12:00-2:00 MST, Online, on Zoom
Limited to 5 Students, 9 weeks, $225 (SPACE AVAILABLE)

When: Tuesdays, Nov 3 – Dec 15 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 10:00-12:00 MST, Online, on Zoom
Limited to 5 Students, 6 weeks, $150 (WAIT LIST)

NEW Revision Class: Thursdays, Oct 15 – Dec 17 (skipping the week of Thanksgiving)
Time: 9:00-11:00 MST, Online, on Zoom
Limited to 5 Students, 9 weeks, $225 (FULL)

Format: Every class begins with a brief discussion of the craft of writing and a literary example from writers including Annie Lamott, Dani Shapiro and Cheryl Strayed. You will then receive a guided writing prompt and the time and space to let your words flow. At the end of the timed writing sessions, you will have the opportunity to share your work in a facilitated, supportive environment. At the end of the 10 weeks, you will come away with a large body of creative work.

Goals: Some of my students are working on book-length memoirs, others are working on essays and vignettes. Others just want guided, supported writing time to hone their craft and to explore their creative expression. Please see my essay on the power of a contemplative writing practice here: https://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/the-overlooked-power-of-a-writing-practice/

To Register: Please email me at Ashley.Shires@gmail.com to make sure there is still space in the class. Tuition is payable via PayPal or Venmo. I will send out the writing prompts before class each week; if you miss a class, no worries at all, you are welcome to use the prompt to write on your own schedule.

Grief Writing Group

Limited to five members, this 6-week online group provides a safe, supportive space to process your grief through writing, in a community with others who are also experiencing loss. No formal writing experience is necessary, just a desire to write. Each group will begin with a brief excerpt from a published author on an aspect of grief. You will then be given a writing prompt to explore your own grief journey, honoring your own unique loss. After each timed writing session, you will have the opportunity to share your writing in a compassionate, mindful environment, to connect with others, to know that you are not alone as you navigate and find meaning in the wilderness of loss. At the end of the 6 sessions, you will come away with a portfolio of creative, meaningful work.

To watch a video of Ashley giving a talk, “Writing as a Tool for Processing Grief,” for the American Alpine Club, click here: Clubhouse Live: Ashley Shires and Andrew Bisharat

To register: Email Ashley.Shires@gmail.com