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with Christine Pakkala


Words, in the form of prompts, can spark other words, just as a campfire spark

can ignite a forest. Write about your first kiss. Write about a stark before/after moment

in your life, one in which everything changed.


But there’s another way to start a fire: through the 5 senses. By using our 5

senses-sight, sound, smell, taste, touch—we can access both memory and imagination

in a way that words alone can’t do.


In this workshop, we will use the following as paths to free up our imaginations

and write:












No writing experience necessary. In each class, you can expect both writing time and sharing time.


Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?

Christine will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR a query letter for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.


Online via ZOOM (link will be sent the week of the first class)

7 Wednesdays

Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

4-6pm  EST

Please Note:  WWW reserves the right to reduce the class time by 1/2 hour if enrollment is less than 5 students.


About the Instructor...

Christine Pakkala is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA (Poetry) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA, Writing Books for Children and Young Adults). She was a Fulbright Scholar (1994) in Helsinki, Finland, where she translated modern Finnish poetry. She taught 7th and 9th grade English at Horace Mann and has published essays in Salon, BrainChild and Serendipity and is the 2013 winner of the Ladies Home Journal essay contest. She’s the author of Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, which was the winner of the Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize, and a novel for teens, Jasmine and Maddie, which was a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) Top Shelf pick and a Bank Street Best Book.

The Five Senses Generative Workshop w/Christine P. - ONLINE

SKU: B400fall24-wed
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