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Soul Story Writing: Discovering Expressions of Self | 3-Week Online Fiction Workshop

Jasmyne K. Rogers Tuesdays & Thursdays
Feb. 8 & 10, 15 & 17, 22 & 24
6:30p-8p ET
3:30p-5p PT
5:30p-7p CT
6 class sessions

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Soul Story Writing: Discovering Expressions of Self is a three-week course that will include analyzing short stories penned by classic authors of African descent, exploring conventions of short fiction, and writing thematic short stories. This course pays homage to the literary magic of Walter Dean Myers, the dazzling brilliance of James Baldwin, and the womanist wonders of Alice Walker.

You can expect to deeply engage in critical analysis of their stories and write/share your own! The course includes lecture, in-class writing prompts and exercises, workshops, and sharing elements. 

This course is designed for aspiring and emerging writers.

All class meetings will be held via Zoom. The link to join your Zoom classroom will be provided on the morning of your class. Please check spam folders if you do not receive an email confirmation upon registration. For more information on how to download or use Zoom, please click here.

 Meet Your Instructor:
Jasmyne K. Rogers

Jasmyne K. Rogers is a native of Wilcox County, Alabama and a graduate of Georgia State University. Currently, she is an English Language Arts teacher. She thoroughly enjoys writing soul stories that reflect the history, culture, and progression of people of African descent. Her soul stories have been featured on For Harriet, Blavity, NU Tribe Magazine, Nia Magazine, Ayiba Magazine, My Black Matters, Brown Girls Books, Root Work Journal, and midnight & indigo. Her soul story, "A Storm is Coming,'' is forthcoming in midnight & indigo's literary journal. Connect with her on Instagram: @poetic_jaszy; @scholarshipandcypher and Twitter: @poetic_jaszy.

Course Takeaways

  • Explore short fiction conventions
  • Analyze the writing styles of Walter Dean Myers, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker
  • Pen soul stories that reflect similar elements of classic short fiction written by African American Authors

Course Expectations

  • Strive to virtually attend each class session
  • Purchase a composition notebook
  • Engage in closely reading the mentor text each week
  • Engage in the writing workshop each week

Course Skeleton

  • Week One: "The Treasure of Lemon Brown" and Unearthing the Treasures Within You
  • Week Two: "Sonny's Blues" and Finding Your Own Rhythm in Writing
  • Week Three: "Everyday Use" and Using the Tools Within to Pen Everyday Stories