Workshop alert!

Or, who’s Zoomin’ who?

Happy Galentine’s Day, all!

I’m chuffed to share that I have partnered with the great Berlin-based arts organization Soul and the City to lead their 2022 Creative Writing Masterclass series.

They take place on the last Saturday of every other month, 11:00-12:30 CET—via Zoom, so you can join from anywhere in the world. Each one focuses on a different aspect or genre of writing and features opportunities to learn about theory, practice the craft, and share work.

Here is the schedule:

26 March: Workshopping Berlin

We begin with soul…and the city! Recommended particularly for those who either live in Berlin or want to learn more about Berlin (and who doesn’t fall into the latter category?).

28 May: Forging Your Writer’s Voice

As you read more and write more, it can be hard to discern what styles and approaches feel most genuine to you, or how best to represent yourself in your work (of any genre). This class will provide a foundation for tapping into the most unique and compelling thing about your writing: your own voice.

30 July: Crafting Characters in Fiction

The most effective fiction, whether short- or long-form, is character-driven. So, what does that mean exactly? In this class we’ll explore the qualities that make for characters we want to read about, as well as the personal narratives that make for great story arcs.

24 September: Memory & Menda(city): an intro to memoir & personal essay

Self-reflective creative nonfiction is a fraught business. When do you tell the full truth versus fudge the details? When do you take artistic license? What if you want to probe a person/place/event in your life that you don’t remember much about? How do you even choose what to write about? This class will attempt to answer all these questions and more! #ambitious

26 November: Notes on Notes: writing about music

If you’ve read the blog for any amount of time, you absolutely could have predicted this. If not, go have a scroll and get back to me. We’ll parse musical analysis and influence on nonfiction, with a little fiction and poetry thrown in just for funsies.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up and come hang out with me in cyberspace! It’ll be actually lit.

Oh, and while I’m at it: we discussed the last song of Little Criminals on the podcast this week—take a listen, and keep an ear out for a special interruption to our usual programming next week!

Published by Cecilia Gigliotti

Cecilia Gigliotti (she/her) lives in Berlin with a beloved ukulele named Uke Skywalker. She co-hosts and produces the music commentary podcast POD SOUNDS. Her free time goes toward dancing, reading books new and old, drawing cartoons, taking city walks, and devoting too much thought to the foibles of her heroes. Connect with her on Instagram (@c_m_giglio, @ceciliagphotography, @pod_sounds_podcast) and see what else she's up to (

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