Lit Lessons #21: I’ll Never Write About My Life

“To be a whole writer, a truly creative writer, we access the life we understand through lived experience and use it to feed what we write, from fiction to memoir to lyric to poetry to screenplays. If you understand your own life, you can better understand the lives of the characters you hope to write about.” – Jennifer Lauck I’ll Never Write About My Life And why I’m writing now what I swore I never would By Carolyn Biemer – Studio III When I began to study creative writing at The...

FAQ Foundations: Why Take Bones & Scene vs. Exp.

FAQ Bones The Foundations program at the Studio enables new writers to learn the culture, the shared language, and the overall philosophy of Blackbird. We are here to help good writers become great and the Foundations sets you up for success with ten weeks of study in Bones and five in Scene vs. Exposition. A few common questions: How much work will be expected of me in this class? If I’m a beginner, will it be over my head? If I’m advanced, will it be below me? Watch this video...

Ten Reasons Why to Study at Blackbird

Ten Reasons to Study at the Blackbird  Studio: https://blackbirdstudiopdx.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/Why-BB-Long-Form.mp4 1. Community 2. Craft 3. Structure 4. Support 5. Kindness 6. Professionalism 7. Developing a plan 8. Clarity 9. Affordability 10. Inspiration Join us in a class by clicking here...

Lit Lesson #20: The Butler Method

From Flight School & One more thing about scene: This is a nearly abandoned beach and this four by four foot sign makes the rules pretty clear: Yet, as I walk on the wet sand, I take note of truck tire tracks, bike tracks, and what else do I see up ahead in the bear grass…is that a woman trudging through the dry sand (in the nesting area of the endangered birds)…with a dog that is off leash? Indeed. Indeed. Indeed. It’s not my business, right? Who cares, really? But there’s a lesson here,...

Blackbird’s Summer Check-In

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”  ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby We have two retreats planned for the summer: The Get Published Intensive in early July and The Writer’s Diagnostic Intensive in August, but the weekly classes are on a much-needed break while folks work to establish some new Normal in their lives....