The Modes of Writing:
an online writing course with Nick Jaina
Sunday nights in February and March
February 3 - March 24
Video conferences every Sunday at 6pm PST
Conferences are recorded and posted that night for easy reference
Cost per student:
To register: PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions about the class or inquiries about payment plans, contact email@example.com.
I just completed a novel. It took me two years and I made a lot of mistakes, but I kept going and experimenting. All along I believed there was a way through. Because of this process, I want to be an ally for other writers who are trudging through the dark in the difficult process of creation.
I am interested in isolating the components of writing. There is a lot that happens in between the initial inspiration and working on the traditional mechanical aspects like plot and character.
This eight-week course is designed to take your nascent idea and bring it into physical form. I have found that most people have a comfort zone of writing: either they like describing a place but are afraid of characters, or they like writing dreamy stuff but it's never funny, or they can write technical pieces but don't know how to animate a story.
This class is appropriate for whatever level of writer you are. I have had people take it just to find some structure in their life so they can start writing, and I have had people attend who are in the midst of writing a book and trying to find their way home.
My main goal is to be an ally for you and offer structured approaches to the creative side of writing in order to gain momentum and have writing be a solid part of your life.
The first four classes will focus on First Drafts. Everything about creation, getting over hang-ups, getting ideas down on paper.
The second four classes will focus on Intuitive Writing. In the process of writing my novel, I had a breakthrough with dialogue that changed my writing. It helped me develop more empathy and diminish my need for control in my writing.
The Modes of Writing Course Includes:
• A live one-hour video conference Sunday evening at 6pm PST where Nick discusses the theme and takes questions or comments. This video will be recorded and posted for everyone to watch the same night. If you are shy or retiring, you are welcome to watch it with your camera off or just watch the recorded version.
• Email correspondence with Nick and the rest of the group where you can share examples of what you've written, and learn from other people's take on the assignments. This is a great way to meet diverse writers from around the world and get peer-to-peer encouragement. In my recent class I had writers from Montreal, Austin, San Francisco, Portland, Tampa, London, and other places.
• A recommended reading/ viewing list of examples that illustrate the theme.
Some Questions You Might Have:
Q. I don't really write, but I want to. Is this class for me?
A. It most definitely is. This is a class about figuring out how to build a concerted writing process and move forward with a project that you are in love with.
Q. I've already written a book. Is this class for me?
A. Yes. I wrote one book and on my next one I realized I didn't know what I was doing and had to backtrack and figure out certain mechanics of writing. I love talking about these things in a language that makes sense to me, and I hope it can make more sense to you.
Q. I'm a poet. Is this class for me?
A. I have had poets take my class and I would say almost all of the things I talk about apply across genres.
Q. Why online?
A. I teach a lot of classes in person around the country, but I can't get everywhere. I've had many people ask if I would teach an online version, and well, here it is. Let's do this. I am here at your service.
Q. What platform do you use for the video conferences?
A. I use Zoom, which is free to download and easy to use. I record each class and post them on Vimeo the same night.