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ten sessions to cultivate your writing this winter



false starts

false start  /ˌfôls ˈstärt/

an unsuccessful attempt to begin something

epiphany  /əˈpifənē/

a moment of sudden revelation or insight

a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being

False Starts & Epiphanies


is a supportive space  for writers

 to experiment,

share work, 

maintain a writing practice

over the winter months.

We will be unsuccessful.

We will attempt.

 We will begin something.

We will have moments.

They may be sudden





WARNING: divine or supernatural beings may manifest


* no guarantees

We will meet

every two weeks

for sessions

that include 

in-session writing exercises, 

readings of your material,

prompts to inspire writing

between sessions,

 potentially generating

several new pieces,

or opening new avenues

within longer works-in-progress.


you will receive written feedback

from Amital

on two shorter pieces

or one longer text

 of your choosing

over the course of the sessions.

"Office hours"

will be available

for individual meetings

on occasional Sundays

between sessions.


This is an intimate group 

for writers seeking 

to connect 

& commit 

to a winter writing practice.

Creatures & artists

of all genres are welcome, 

but we're keeping this one cozy,

so spots are limited.




on Sundays

from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

[Israel time]

for ten sessions:

November 5th & 19th

December 3rd & 17th

    January 7th & 21st

   February 4th & 18th

        March 3rd & 17th


Online via Zoom


2,200 ILS

* 100 ILS early bird discount for registration by October 17th


*  Contact me HERE for info about receiving a partial scholarship.

Questions? Deliberations?

Contact me HERE or write to

AMITAL STERN writes film, theater, and hybrid work. Her plays have been performed at the Theatronetto Festival, the Jerusalem Fringe Festival, the Arab-Hebrew Theater and more. Her work has recently appeared in Guernica, Elderly, and Best American Experimental Writing 2020.  You can read some of her writing here here.

Testimonials from previous workshops:

*see here for previous workshops & explorations

Amital is simply an amazing teacher.  I found myself completely transfixed and transformed by my work with her. What she knows how to do (that I believe is rare to find), is to stand there ready to help, in the way that YOU need help. It is your class, your work, and she knows how to stay out of your way, but support, nurture, and engage with you. She very perceptively gives you feedback and in an unusual way that makes it very easy to hear and understand. 


That doesn't mean she won't provide structure and guidance and clear lessons. She does all of that so seamlessly that you are thrown back into yourself to find your solutions. 


I felt her feedback and her teaching methods incredibly thoughtful, deeply perceptive and most importantly inspiring. I can't wait for the next class she offers. My advice: grab it!


Amital began each session with a range of texts and images, drawn
from many genres and worlds, for us to engage with and to prompt us
into our own writing. Along with making for rich reading and
conversation, this did the work of creating a writing space which was
expansive and free of judgment, where I felt safe to experiment with
my own writing style and to explore my thoughts, wherever they may
go. Amital’s experience and her entirely accepting presence created a
tone where it became easy for all of us to jump in, cover a lot of
ground and go deep in a relatively short amount of time. It was one of
the most original and enriching writing workshops I’ve ever taken part
in, and would welcome the opportunity to do another one with her.

Amital has the ability to share post-post modern writing and crazier assignments with perfect poise and then has the nerve to ask if there are any questions. 

Listen to her deeply and your writing arm will free a little more after each class.



Amital’s conception of what we were doing together, and how to
write about sex, was transformational . . . Amital’s sequence of writing
exercises made me realize that writing about sex was writing about our
life and death force, and breaking taboos about what you could write
about transformed every part of my writing that day, and I have
continued to mull over these insights over the past month. I’m inspired
by Amital’s sense of urgency about reading and writing, and their
transformational effect.


I have no hesitation in recommending Writing Messy workshop led by Amital Stern to all aspiring writers who want to explore subjects which challenge our sense of decency and sometimes fill us with disgust. Such subjects offer a potentially rich wellspring of ideas with which to experiment.


Amital uses an eclectic mix of artistic material to challenge the senses and stimulate creativity; avant-garde art, film and literature that both repels and entices. No subject is off limits. The workshop has developed my confidence to experiment with material of which prior to taking the course, I had no knowledge. I consider that my writing has benefitted  significantly as a result.


Amital is an inspirational teacher. She is very enabling, encouraging and has a fierce intelligence. It has been a great privilege to have been in her class. It is a testament to the power of the class that the writing of all the participants  flourished as the workshop progressed.


I would take this workshop again in a heartbeat. The whole experience was brilliant. 

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