Workshops

How to Tell on Yourself: Strategies for Autobiographical Storytelling
Every life delivers a story (or three) worth telling well. This interactive workshop rehearses several simple techniques designed to develop the necessary (yet appropriate) dramatic structure for the often "raw" material drawn from our own lived experience. A series of brief writing exercises will guide each participant, first, to discern a generative starting point for their story; next, to clarify an apt point of view for that story; and, finally, to evince a genuine urgency for its telling. The workshop is limited to 15-20 participants in a studio setting, in either a two-hour or full-day Read more about How to Tell on Yourself: Strategies for Autobiographical Storytelling
Vanquish the Anguish of Academic Writing

This interactive session engages the myriad ways that emotions (especially fear, pride and anxiety) inform the compositional work of the academic writer. Participants will rehearse a repertoire of simple creative writing techniques, exploring how such tools might be productively applied to the process (and pitfalls) of academic writing. Likely topics include the panic of the blank page; the perils of jargon; the challenge of sustaining momentum; and encountering crises of authorial confidence. The 150-minute workshop version is limited to 20 participants in a seminar setting; the 90-minute Read more about Vanquish the Anguish of Academic Writing

Academic Performance

This performance workshop is designed specifically for early career academics encountering some measure of "stage fright" or "performance anxiety" around essential academic performances like job talks, conference presentations, and thesis/dissertation/exam defenses. After introducing several simple techniques borrowed from actor and voice training, this workshop rehearses how such performance techniques might also be applicable to high-pressure moments of academic performance. All workshop participants should plan to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. A single 1000-word excerpt (hard-copy Read more about Academic Performance

Being an Artist-Scholar: Seeking Balance in Academic Life
This workshop is designed specifically for artist-scholars working within the academy. Introducing simple journaling and time management strategies, this workshop rehearses techniques for sustaining sound writing strategies, maintaining simultaneous projects, and cultivating sensible work habits. Though especially suited for artist-scholars in academia, it it also suitable for all early career academics interested in developing strategies for long-term creative health and happiness within an academic degree program, during the job search, along the tenure track and beyond. This two-hour Read more about Being an Artist-Scholar: Seeking Balance in Academic Life
The Art of the Pitch, or Exercises in Speed-Pitching
Whether you're a newbie or a veteran writer, delivering a "pitch" – that essential, quick, and captivating summary of one's project – is an indispensable skill. In this lively and interactive workshop session, participants are first guided through a structured (and often hilarious) exercise in "speed-pitching" before engaging in a group discussion addressing the necessary components of a good pitch and how crafting a pitch can help in the writing, revision and promotion of a project.  This 75- or 90-minute workshop session requires chairs to be arranged in two concentric circles, with the Read more about The Art of the Pitch, or Exercises in Speed-Pitching
Instant Story Workshop

Every life delivers a story (or three) worth telling well. This bootcamp-style session will guide both experienced and novice storytellers through an intensive development process designed to remake even simple anecdotes into compelling stories for performance. In this three-hour intensive, each participant will first identify a story to tell, then develop that story in close collaboration with other workshop participants, and finally perform a 3-minute version of that story as part of a story event staged by workshop contributors. The workshop is strictly limited to no more than 14 Read more about Instant Story Workshop