Your Personal Odyssey : Explore & Tell Your Story with Faith Adiele

Venue: San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, 490 2nd Street, 2nd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94107
Number of sessions: 6
Meeting time: TBD, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dates: TBD
Course fee: $385.00. Courses usually sell out! Spot reserved with $100 deposit (mail a check to The Writers’ Grotto or use a credit card below). All deposits are nonrefundable. The remainder is due at the first session.

bestofbayHow do we turn our life journeys and family tales into gripping stories with deeper (social, spiritual, cultural, historical, political) meaning? Stories that capture a particular culture and era and move readers?

In this generative workshop we will learn to move in both directions personal narrative travels — down into the self for the specific details that make our stories unique, and out into the world for the metaphors and themes that touch others. We’ll investigate our names and generational markers, create personal history timelines, map our bodies and neighborhoods, and use sensory exercises to uncover our most evocative memories.

Peer feedback and short published examples will help make the connections between our personal experiences and the larger stories we have to tell.

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Food : Food Lit

Venue: San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, 490 2nd Street, 2nd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94107 Number of sessions: 1 Date: Saturday, TBD, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour lunch break) Course fee: $100.00. Courses usually sell out! Spot reserved with $50 deposit (mail a check to The Writers’ Grotto or Paypal to faith.adiele@gmail.com). All deposits are nonrefundable. The remainder is due in class.

This one-day intensive will use exercises and short readings to access body memory and pull story ideas and texture from our eating and cooking experiences. Writers of all genres interested in exploring the sensory and cultural potential of food in their writing are welcome.

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Change Your Life, Change the World : Writing & Meditation for Activists & Educators

Venue: San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, 490 2nd Street, 2nd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94107 Number of sessions: 2 Dates: Sundays, TBD, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (with a one-hour lunch break) Course fee: $175.00. Courses usually sell out! Spot reserved with $100 deposit (mail a check to The Writers’ Grotto or Paypal to faith.adiele@gmail.com). All deposits are nonrefundable. The remainder is due in class. Committing ourselves to writing—just like to social engagement and spiritual practice—takes time and faith. This two-day workshop will re-inspire and renew those on the front lines who need both.

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Voice of Our Nations Arts • Summer Workshops for Writers of Color

Travel Writing Workshop with Faith AdieleAPPLICATIONS CLOSED

TRAVEL includes any genre of writing concerned with cultural encounters or physical journeys: moving back and forth between language and culture, roots tales, road trips, moving from working to middle class, immigrant narratives, Gap Years, leaving home, dropping out of college, spiritual quests, the road to recovery, to name a few. VONA logoAny established or aspiring writer of color is eligible to apply. Prior workshop experience or publication is not required or considered as part of the application. The essay questions are weighed along with the written manuscript in evaluation of the application.

Applications DUE March 15, 2014 via Sumittable

June 22-28, 2014 • University of California, Berkeley, CA

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Tough Love: A 6-Week ONLINE CNF Workshop with Faith Adiele

For both emerging (you want to get started!) and advanced (you want to finish!) writers with a project. A “project” might be a journal you always meant to turn into stories, a goal to sell a magazine piece or to create stand-alone essays from a manuscript, polishing a portfolio to apply for MFA programs, starting or finishing your book-in-progress, or working on the book proposal.  

September 9 – October 18, 2013

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Limited to 8 students

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 $390.00 Returning Students                                                                              $450.00 New Students

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Editing, Mentoring & Coaching Services:

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Manuscript Critique – Hourly Option ($75.00 / hour)

I read your manuscript twice, provide an in-depth letter of critique (i.e., Developmental or Content Editing), do light Line/Copy Editing, answer follow-up questions and read revised drafts.

Manuscript Critique – Page Option ($7.50 / page of poetry or 250 words prose); 10 page minimum

The same services as above except that additional readings of and feedback on revisions incur the hourly rate.

Line/Copy Editing – Hourly Option ($50.00 / hour)

Line/Copy Editing – Page Option ($5.00 / page of poetry or 250 words prose); 15 page minimum

Done in Track Changes. NOTE: The manuscript should be in its final stages, as I will not address content or structural issues.

PAYMENT: I have included both a per page and a per hour rate, as it can be difficult for new clients to have a sense of how long it will take me to read their work. Note that different reading goals take different times, and early drafts may be slow going. Upon entering into our agreement/rate type/timeframe, you pay a $100.00 deposit, with the remaining balance or refund due upon completion of the work. I’m half-Nigerian, so yes, I negotiate.

$100 Critique/Editing Deposit

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Mentoring/Coaching Services  ($75.00 / hour)

For longer-term coaching or mentoring for writers who want personal support and advice that is not necessarily limited to a single project. Together, you and I will decide on the structure of the mentorship—what our goals are both for the mentorship as a whole and for each separate stage of it. Contact takes place via email, phone conversations, or both. In addition to critique and line editing, I offer reading recommendations, personalized exercises, writing deadlines—everything you would hope for and expect from a writing coach or a workshop leader.

1-Hour Mentoring/Coaching Session

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I TEACH WORKSHOPS in travel & food writing  memoir & meditation  writing & researching family  writing for diversity  creative nonfiction  writing for activists • spiritual narrative.

For my endorsements, see Link’dIn • For resources for teaching my work, see Press Kit

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FAVORITE PLACES I’VE TAUGHT : Bali (Ubud Writers & Readers Festival Switzerland (the Geneva Writers Conference)  Ghana (Pan African Literary Forum Nigeria (Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop South Africa (at Wits and in townships)  The Bay Area (Voices of Our Nations Workshops for Writers of Color and Berkeley Summer Creative Writing Program Iowa (Iowa Summer Writing Festival)  Upstate New York (Chautauqua Writers Festival)  Whidbey Island, Washington State (Hedgebrook Master Class Retreat Series).