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Said Shaiye is depicted in the photo above. He is a Black man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses and is wearing a blue shirt with white, pink, and light blue stripes. and is smiling. The background is snow with a series of houses.
Have you struggled with traditional writing advice? Do you hate feedback and revision of any kind? Do you find it difficult to call yourself a writer because of these things? I have some good news: there’s nothing wrong with you, and you’re more of a writer than you’ve been led to believe. How do I know? Because I’ve learned the hard way that no single approach works for everyone. Being Autistic, I see the world in ways that depart from what we’ve been taught is “the norm.”
Neurodivergent people communicate differently because our minds work differently. This can make life difficult, but it also makes writing easy (if you write how your brain wants you to). Once I learned to trust my instincts and embrace my differences, the world of writing opened in miraculous ways.
In this generative workshop, you’re invited to explore some of the insights I’ve gained along my journey and use them to build your generative writing practice. We’ll affirm that the traditional critique/feedback method isn’t the only way to grow as a writer–that it may be what’s holding you back–and discover why our approach to writing needs to mirror our approach to life.
Participants are welcome to work on new writing or previous writing with the goal of thinking about new approaches to writing. We will focus on self-revision strategies and prompts for new writing or to bring to life/a new lens on previous work.
Participants will take away new work, ideas on creating new writing after the workshop ends, and tips for developing and sustaining a generative writing practice moving forward.
There will be plenty of time to write and no negative critique. Just love. If you feel that traditional pedagogy excludes you, this workshop is for you. You don’t have to stare into the sun to know it’s there. You merely need to feel its warmth on your skin.
This two-hour virtual workshop is TBA
SO YOU’RE NEURODIVERGENT: NOW WHAT?: Alchemy Writing Workshop
What To Bring
This workshop will take place on the online platform Zoom. Be sure to have something to write/type on/with. Please message for accommodations.
Zoom meeting date will be the following:
Sunday, May 20th from 1 pm to 3 pm CST
The cost of this workshop is $75.00, with one scholarship slot open.
TO REGISTER AND RECEIVE YOUR ZOOM MEETING LINK, PLEASE EMAIL: ALCHEMYAUTHORSERVICES@GMAIL.COM
To inquire about a scholarship, please email email@example.com.
About The Instructor
Said Shaiye is an Autistic Somali Writer & Photographer who lives in Minneapolis. His debut book, Are You Borg Now?, was named a 2022 Minnesota Book Award Finalist in Creative Nonfiction & Memoir.
He has published poetry & prose in Indiana Review, Texas Review, Obsidian, Brittle Paper, Pithead Chapel, 580 Split, Entropy, Diagram, and elsewhere.
He has contributed essays to the anthologies Muslim American Writers at Home and We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World.
He holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Graduate Instructor of Creative Writing, as well as a Judd International Research Fellow.
He is a 2023 Loft Mirrors & Windows Fellow, where he is working on several children’s book manuscripts.
He teaches writing at various colleges in the Twin Cities area, as well as with Unrestricted Interest, an organization dedicated to fostering a love of self expression in Autistic children.
Please contact Sophie Jefferson for all booking inquiries: sophiejeffersonlit.com
Find him and his book/writing online at: https://www.saidshaiye.com/
Borg: https://www.redballoonbookshop.com/book/9780578915463 OR wherever books are sold online
Essay On Ableism & Writing Advice: https://brittlepaper.com/2022/03/on-ableism-and-writing-advice-said-shaiye-essay/