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Sari Botton

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What Aging Means to Oldsters

Live: Wednesday, February 28, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join bestselling author, editor, and teacher Sari Botton in this live two-hour class and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about getting older by inviting people to share their own personal experiences of aging.

Sari Botton

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What Aging Means to Oldsters

Join bestselling author, editor, and teacher Sari Botton in this live two-hour class and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about getting older by inviting people to share their own personal experiences of aging.

Steve Almond

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Writing, Failing, and Trying Again

Live: Sunday, March 24, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join bestselling writer and teacher Steve Almond in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about failure’s essential role in success – and about the necessity of reframing our creative setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth.

Steve Almond

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Writing, Failing, and Trying Again

Join bestselling writer and teacher Steve Almond in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about failure’s essential role in success – and about the necessity of reframing our creative setbacks as opportunities for learning and growth.

Kim Addonizio

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Shaping the Personal Essay

Live: Sunday, March 31, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join poet, fiction writer, and essayist Kim Addonizio and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the opportunities that personal writing offers writers and readers – and about the strategies and approaches you can use right away to tell the stories you need to tell about your own life.

 

Kim Addonizio

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Shaping the Personal Essay

Join poet, fiction writer, and essayist Kim Addonizio and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the opportunities that personal writing offers writers and readers – and about the strategies and approaches you can use right away to tell the stories you need to tell about your own life.

 

Peter Orner

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The Art of Re-Reading (and Re-Re-Reading)

Live: Sunday, April 7, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join Peter Orner and Yvette Benavides for a live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things We’ve Learned about the joys of returning to their favorite stories and short-story writers. We’ll look again at the works of three great masters, and at the ways that re-experiencing a familiar story shapes both the art we encounter and the art we create.

Peter Orner

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The Art of Re-Reading (and Re-Re-Reading)

Join Peter Orner and Yvette Benavides for a live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things We’ve Learned about the joys of returning to their favorite stories and short-story writers. We’ll look again at the works of three great masters, and at the ways that re-experiencing a familiar story shapes both the art we encounter and the art we create.

in conversation with Yvette Benavides

Claire Bidwell Smith

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Living and Writing After Loss

Live: Sunday, April 21, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join grief expert and author Claire Bidwell Smith and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about reconciling the anxiety and loss that accompanies grief – and about the writing process that can bring hope, transformation, and healing when we lose someone we love.

Claire Bidwell Smith

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Living and Writing After Loss

Join grief expert and author Claire Bidwell Smith and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about reconciling the anxiety and loss that accompanies grief – and about the writing process that can bring hope, transformation, and healing when we lose someone we love.

Andre Dubus III

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The Nature of Memory and Memoir

Live: Sunday, April 28, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join award-winning writer and teacher Andre Dubus III in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the fluid, subjective nature of memory – and about the ways writers can genuinely share and illuminate themselves in their writing.

Andre Dubus III

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The Nature of Memory and Memoir

Join award-winning writer and teacher Andre Dubus III in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the fluid, subjective nature of memory – and about the ways writers can genuinely share and illuminate themselves in their writing.

Grant Faulkner

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Writing With Vulnerability

Live: Sunday, May 19, 5:00pm pacific / 8:00pm eastern

Join writer and Executive Director of National Writing Month Grant Faulkner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what happens when writers share the most difficult parts of their story in service of truths that would otherwise go untold.

Grant Faulkner

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Writing With Vulnerability

Join writer and Executive Director of National Writing Month Grant Faulkner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what happens when writers share the most difficult parts of their story in service of truths that would otherwise go untold.

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Susan Orlean

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Finding the Perfect Story

Join award-winning author Susan Orlean, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that writers and readers can look at the world – and at stories – in new and inspiring ways.

Brooke Warner

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How Creative Women Thrive

Join editor and publisher Brooke Warner, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that women can move past the self-limiting assumptions, conditioning, and habits that can keep them from living...

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Isabel Allende

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Writing Fiction

Join Isabel Allende, one of the most widely read and acclaimed authors in the world, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about writing fiction, discovering your voice, and writing the work you were born to...

Cara Black

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Crafting a Sense of Place

Join New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cara Black, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that a strong sense of place anchors readers and draws them into the story.

Judith Curr

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How Publishing Works

Join celebrated President and Publisher of the HarperOne Group, Judith Curr, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the power of storytelling and the joys of publishing – plus the behind-the-scenes...

Andre Dubus III

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Writing as Dreaming

Join award-winning writer and teacher Andre Dubus III in this live, two-hour class and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about why writing happens best when we summon the faith and the nerve to get out of our own...

Camille Dungy

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Tending the Gardens of Creativity and Motherhood

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated poet, writer, editor, and scholar Camille Dungy, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the ways that creativity arises from the soil of our most...

Joseph Fasano

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The Craft and Magic of Poetry

View the archive of this two-hour class from poet, novelist, songwriter, and teacher Joseph Fasano and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how poetry works – and how poetry helps us all become better...

Grant Faulkner

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The Art of Brevity

View the archive of this two-hour class from writer and Executive Director of National Writing Month Grant Faulkner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what happens when you apply the principles and...

Grant Faulkner and Brooke Warner

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What It Takes to Finish a Book

Join Grant Faulkner, Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and Brooke Warner, Publisher of She Writes Press, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned about the essential mindsets that...

Elizabeth George

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Editing My Own Work

Join New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George, and discover how the Five Things She’s Learned about self-editing can help you to recognize what works in your own writing – and to fix what doesn’t.

Don George

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How to be a Travel Writer

Join the author of How to Be a Travel Writer, Lonely Planet’s best-selling guide to travel writing, Don George, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about what makes a great travel story — and how to...

Janine di Giovanni

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Writing Narrative Non-Fiction

Join multi-award winning journalist and author Janine di Giovanni, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about writing — and appreciating — narrative non-fiction and memoir.

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

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The Art of the Interview

Join acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned from experience about the Art of the Interview.

Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro

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Deepening the Creative Flow

Join acclaimed writers and interviewers Pico Iyer and Michael Shapiro, and discover the Five Things They’ve Learned from their own experience — and from the experience of the many creative figures they’ve met...

Steven Johnson

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Where Creativity Comes From

Join best-selling author Steven Johnson, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the critical tools innovative thinkers use to nurture their creative practice – and the five key questions consistently...

Catherine Grace Katz

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Writing the History We Think We Know

Join acclaimed historian and writer Catherine Grace Katz, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how to uncover and share the stories that challenge our ideas of history.

Laurie R. King

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What Makes Mysteries Great

Join best-selling writer Laurie R. King, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about the essential elements of a great mystery, and the rewards they make possible for readers and writers.

Laurie R. King

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How Characters Come to Life

Join New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about creating memorable characters who come to life for her readers.

Phil Klay

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Thinking and Writing about Citizenship

Join U.S. Marine Corps veteran, writer, and teacher Phil Klay and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about American citizenship – what it means, the obligations it places upon us, and the uglier way our shared...

Elizabeth Lesser

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How the Hero’s Journey Changes When Women are the Storytellers

Join New York Times bestselling author and Omega Institute co-founder Elizabeth Lesser, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about what happens when women trust their instincts, dignify their values, and...

Phillip Lopate

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Reading and Writing the Essay

Join acclaimed author and editor Phillip Lopate — the celebrated central figure in the revival of the American essay —, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the powerful legacy and continuing...

Rebecca Makkai

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Getting Unstuck

Join best-selling novelist and teacher Rebecca Makkai, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about breaking free of the ideas, fears, and ambitions that can block creativity – and about how artists of all...

Allison Moorer

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What Memoir Demands. And All it Makes Possible.

Join singer/songwriter, producer, and author Allison Moorer, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about sharing her family’s stories in prose and in song – and about all that taking ownership of our most...

Peter Orner

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Prose Momentum – in Five Great Paragraphs

Join celebrated novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and professor Peter Orner, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how great writers create remarkable movement and energy within a single paragraph –...

Peter Orner

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Writing (by Not Writing)

Join celebrated novelist, essayist, short-story writer, and professor Peter Orner and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how worrying less, chilling out, and reveling (a little) in not writing makes all...

Richard Panek

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Writing What You Don’t Know

View the archive of this two-hour class from best-selling writer and teacher Richard Panek, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the spirit of discovery and exploration – and the process by which great...

Holly Lynn Payne

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The Power of Page One

View the archive of this two-hour class from novelist and host of “The Page One Podcast” Holly Payne, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about a book’s critical first page – and about how you can ensure...

Maya C. Popa

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Poetic Form

View the archive of this two-hour class from writer, editor, and teacher Maya C. Popa and discover the Five Things I’ve Learned about the ways that poetic form both organizes and conveys our essential emotions and...

Russell Shorto

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Writing Family History

Join New York Times bestselling writer Russell Shorto, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about diving into your past and bringing the story you find there to life.

Matt Strain

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The Ways A.I. is Revolutionizing the Writing Process

View the archive of this two-hour class from Adobe Research Lab veteran Matt Strain, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about the ways artificial intelligence is helping writers find new ways to develop...

Cheryl Strayed

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Nurturing Your Artistic Life (While Keeping the Almighty List)

View the archive of this two-hour class from New York Times best-selling author Cheryl Strayed, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned about how to honor your desire to create and see your projects through –...

James Surowiecki

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How to Write about Ideas

Join journalist and author James Surowiecki and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about how to write about ideas – how to take complicated concepts and make them accessible; and how, in the process, to...

Brooke Warner

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How Women Writers Thrive

Join editor and publisher Brooke Warner, and discover the Five Things She’s Learned during her nearly two decades of leading and championing women-only publishing about the ways that women writers work,...

Simon Winchester

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The Joy of Dictionaries

Join celebrated writer and raconteur Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman and The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned...

Meg Wolitzer

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Writing about Family

Join New York Times–bestselling author Meg Wolitzer, and discover Five Things She’s Learned about the differences between real life families and the ones we invent – and how a writer might take experiences from...

Matthew Zapruder

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Honoring Family as a Source of Creativity

View the archive of this 90-minute class from celebrated poet, writer, and professor Matthew Zapruder, and discover the Five Things He’s Learned about honoring family as a source of creative inspiration – about...

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