☿ Al·che·my Writing Workshop & Community Coven

Alchemy Writing Workshop was created due to a need for writers to learn the craft and to gain the experience necessary to become successful in the writing world as professional writers. As a single mother with dreams to become a writer, not having the finances or ability to attend an MFA or writing retreats/workshops left me outside of the game to learn and enhance my writing.

This workshop is for those who are serious about their writing but don’t have access to an MFA program or other workshops, classes or retreats due to family responsibilities, jobs, or income. Responsibilities should never stop you from achieving your dreams. The writing workshops, lectures, and classes will be taught by various professional writers, performers, artists, and organizations in your writing communities. These are talented individuals who are interested and motivated to help you become successful. Each workshop or class will be taught in-person (once safe) or on an online platform easily accessible to the community, whether on a user-friendly website such as Wet Ink or via Zoom.

All are welcome. We are fiercely inclusive of LGBTQIA BIPOC and promise to create a liberated space. *All workshop instructors are trained using Felicia Rose Chavez’s The Anti Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom.

Every writer has different areas of interest and needs. We are here to ensure you learn skills and are educated on crafts and topics that will help you become successful on your journey to becoming a professional writer, regardless of circumstance. Alchemy Writing Workshop is dedicated to helping you fulfill your dreams. Your words matter.

How much do workshops and classes cost?

The workshops and classes are priced based on length and time. Part of the proceeds go to a scholarship fund established by Alchemy Writing Workshop to help students and members in the writing community to cover costs associated with applying for grants, publication submissions, and other writing/creative costs. Alchemy Services encourages BIPOC Writers to apply. Scholarships are always available. BIPOC and LGBTQIA Writers will be given first priority.

In need of a scholarship?

Check out our scholarship application page! Are you wanting to apply for a grant or writing retreat? Do you have a contest submission or journal submission you want to send your work to but the fees are unaffordable for you? Click here and read more about how to apply for help!

Do you want to teach a class or workshop for Alchemy Writing Workshop?

Email alchemywritingworkshop@gmail.com with your class or workshop proposal and a brief statement on why volunteering to teach for your writing community is important. Those seeking opportunities to gain experience in teaching without access to a TA program or other means can learn valuable teaching skills through Alchemy Writing Workshop. Interested in an internship? Check out the Internship Program with Alchemy Author Services.

☿ Community Coven: A Ritual Space for Writers

COMMUNITY COVEN is a community-based workshop born out of the necessary: to develop a writing community and learn what you want to learn without the worry of cost. There should not be a price on learning. Here, our instructors volunteer their time and expertise to teach all levels and areas of writing craft. What practices, tools, tidbits, to-do’s do you want to create, catapult, conceptualize within your words? It’s all about you and supporting our local communities/small businesses/artists/creators. Each month we will showcase one community business or creator to help spotlight them and/or their business. All are welcome. We are fiercely inclusive of LGBTQIA BIPOC and promise to create a liberated space. *All workshop instructors are trained using Felicia Rose Chavez’s The Anti Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom.

Want to teach? Message me at alchemyauthor services.com

Let’s hang out

Workshops and classes are constantly being added as well as new teachers.

A Listing of Alchemy Writing Workshop Courses:

Four-week flash hybrid workshop

What is hybrid? A hybrid genre is a genre that blends themes and elements from two or more different genres. Some examples include Selah Ann Saterstrom’s “IDEAL SUGGESTIONS Essays in Divinatory Poetics,” Julia Madsen’s “The Boneyard, The Birth Manual, a Burial: Investigations Into the Heartland,” and Steven Dunn’s water & power (to name just a few).

In this four-week online workshop, we will be working together within the framework of writing exercises, craft articles, and writing examples as you produce a draft each week in the hybrid form. With your fellow students, we will workshop and support your writing with a weekly Zoom call to discuss, vent, laugh, and read your work out loud. You will also receive extensive editing suggestions from me on your work and additional one-on-one meetings are available as well. Once the workshop is over, you will leave with the beginning of a hybrid collection to continue to work on after gaining confidence and support during our workshop and meetings. Priority to BIPOC and LGBTQ writers.

Instructor: Hillary Leftwich

Date/Time:

This will be online via Zoom. Please message me for accommodations if needed (camera off, closed captioning, all accommodation requests will be met).

Zoom meeting dates will be the following dates from 9 am – 11 am MT:

Sunday, May 8th

Sunday, May 15th

Sunday, May 22nd

Sunday, May 29th

Building Discernment and Trust in Our Editing PracticesCOMMUNITY COVEN WORKSHOP

Instructor: Lauren Samblanet

Our editing practices can easily be taken over by fear, anxiety, concerns about marketability, imposter syndrome, and compare & despair syndrome. when our minds contract, as they do in states of fear and worry, we lose sight of the heart of our work and may make editing choices that don’t strengthen the heartbeat of our project(s). this two-hour workshop is designed to get us in touch with our truest creative desires, to find & hold close the heartbeat of our project(s), and to discern when our editing choices are aligned with the integrity and heart of our work vs when our editing choices are being motivated by other factors and/or emotions. this workshop will include a meditation, mindfulness offerings for your writing and editing processes, and a generative exercise to help us practice discernment and trust as we edit. Online via ZOOM. Please let us know if you have any accommodations if needed.

Date/Time: This workshop will be offered twice to accommodate participant’s work schedules/life:

Moved to June: TBA

COLLAGE AS A LITERARY PORTAL-ALCHEMY WRITING WORKSHOP (FORTHCOMING IN JULY, 2022)

Collage can be defined as “art [that] results from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole” (wikipedia). while we may most often think of collage as a visual art practice, makers in many mediums have been using collage techniques to create not just a new whole, but also to shift from the individual to the collective, from an “i” to a “we”, or to move through the personal to speak to a larger politic. we’ll spend our time in this workshop exploring collage in various mediums – from visual art to film to writing – as a way to understand the possibilities and portals that collage can offer us as writers through referential poetics, collaborative writing, and interdisciplinary writing. this workshop will include generative exercises including interdisciplinary and collaborative exercises. 

SYNCHING POP CULTURE WITHIN OUR NARRATIVES: SEARCHING FOR ART IN A POP CULTURE WORLD Alchemy Writing Workshop

Instructor: Cynthia Atkins

Using Pop Culture—how do icons inform and how do they work as metaphor?  Time periods?  Pop culture in relation to history and archival relationships?

Pop culture, celebrity figures, music, art, advertising.  How does it sync with the subject and narrative?  What does it excavate, explicate?

This class will focus on the subject matter, style, voice, as well as learning about imagery, tone, and rhythm (see workshop page for more details below).

Date/Time:

Zoom meeting dates will be the following dates from 7 pm – 9 pm EST:

Tuesdays: June 7th, June 14th, June 21st, and June 28th

This will be online via Zoom. Please message me for accommodations if needed (camera off, closed captioning, all accommodation requests will be met).

Interested in learning more about Alchemy Writing Workshops and what they have to offer? Do you have a suggestion for a workshop? Let us know!