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Writing Your Cancellation Story

Taught by Sherman Alexie

  • Started Apr 16
  • 1,500 US dollars
  • Zoom

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About this retreat

Tuesdays, 4–6 pm PST (Zoom) April 16 – May 21, 2024 Tuition: $1500 TO AVOID FEES, please select "Pay Manually" at checkout and send the fee by Zelle to meghan@theunspeakeasy.com OR inquire about sending a check. Cancellation is brutal, swift, and greedy. It can take your job, friends, health, and dignity. If you’ve been canceled, one of the first things you probably lost was control of your own narrative. Suddenly, your story no longer belonged to you, but to other people, many of whom didn’t know you at all. It may have become the domain of an angry mob. Almost certainly, it became the property of the internet. But what if you could take back your narrative? Set the record straight? Speak your truth in a manner so clear and compelling that it has the power to rise above all the muck and noise? To create fiction or non-fiction that will finally be heard by a receptive audience? Whether your cancellation occurred recently or years ago, this course will help you translate your experience onto the page with narrative cohesion and emotional impact. Expect frank and intelligent conversation, insightful feedback on your pages, and a healthy dose of catharsis. Learn to make your writing—whether it be an essay, short fiction, or chapter of a larger work—as fundamentally un-cancellable as your spirit. For this class, you will work with a true master of American letters, Sherman Alexie—a literary legend who has experienced cancellation firsthand. Few authors have reached the height and scope of his multi-genre achievements. His classic young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, has sold one million of copies worldwide and is taught in over a thousand colleges and high schools every year. His many other books include bestselling novels, an acclaimed memoir, a celebrated picture book, many New Yorker short stories, film adaptations, and poetry collections. He's taught writing workshops for three decades and has mentored writers at every stage of their careers—from beginners to New York Times Bestselling authors. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work with one of America’s most accomplished, prolific, and beloved authors in setting your record straight, getting on with your life, and maybe even helping the culture get to a better place.


Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your enrollment in our online writing course, you must do so at least 14 days before the course begins for a full refund. Cancellations made within 14 days to 72 hours before the course start date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 72 hours before the course starts.


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