Room for all writers.
Cooper Street is for everyone, whether you’re just beginning to explore a genre or have been writing for years. Our workshops are taught by published and award-winning authors, seasoned teachers, and professional editors. Our instructors strive to create a comfortable, encouraging, and supportive classroom environment where writers of all backgrounds and skill-levels can improve their craft and share their work with others.
Making even more room.
The Writers House is pleased to announce that beginning Spring 2017, all Cooper Street workshops will offer scholarships to participants residing in the city of Camden. Please contact Leah Falk for more information.
Spring 2018 Workshops
The Writing Sangha
Six Thursdays: February 1, 2018 – March 8, 2018
Instructor: Chelsey Everest Eil
Cost: $200, Free for Camden residents
In Sanskrit, sangha means community, and this workshop promotes a communal, meditative approach to writing memoir, specifically for women. While traditional approaches to memoir encourage an emotional distance from the material in terms of years, meditative writing allows participants to create emotional distance through mindfulness. Participants will learn the three cornerstones of meditative writing in the first two sessions: returning to the present breath of the narrator, dropping their fixed storylines, and writing the stories they actively avoid. In the third and fourth session, they practice responding to one another’s personal narratives with empathy and compassion, as well as addressing their own work through short prompts and guided meditation. The final two sessions involve group writing activities focused on the art of detachment, allowing participants to gently pull back and let their writing go.
About the instructor: Chelsey Everest Eil received her MFA from the Stonecoast low-residency program through the University of Southern Maine. She has led workshops at the Kelly Writers House, The Common Room, and elsewhere.
The Other Side of Silence: Writing About Gender-Based Violence
Saturday, February 10, 10 am – 1 pm
Instructor: Emari DiGiorgio
Cost: $60, Free for Camden residents
In the wake of 2017’s viral #MeToo campaign, a phrase and movement founded by activist Tarana Burke, many survivors of sexual trauma and harassment have found courage and strength naming their survivor-hood and speaking out and against perpetrators and the larger culture which promotes gendered-violence. This three-hour workshop welcomes women and non-binary writers of all levels to transform trauma into art, to retell and reclaim their stories and selves in a safe, supportive space. Participants will engage in guided inquiry, respond to a series of writing prompts, have an opportunity to share their writing, and return home with a recommended reading list and writing exercises for further exploration.
Workshop space is limited to 20 participants and writers must commit to confidentiality – such that survivors decide who reads and shares their stories.
About the instructor: Emari DiGiorgio is the author of Girl Torpedo (Agape, 2018), the winner of the 2017 Numinous Orison, Luminous Origin Literary Award, and The Things a Body Might Become (Five Oaks Press, 2017). She’s the recipient of the Auburn Witness Poetry Prize, the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Prize, the Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize, RHINO’s Founder’s Prize, the Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award, and a poetry fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She’s received residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy of the Arts, and Rivendell Writers’ Colony. She teaches at Stockton University, is a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet, and hosts World Above, a monthly reading series in Atlantic City, NJ.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The closest street parking is on Cooper Street or N. 3rd Street.