ten sessions to cultivate your writing this winter
false start /ˌfôls ˈstärt/
an unsuccessful attempt to begin something
a moment of sudden revelation or insight
a manifestation of a divine or supernatural being
False Starts & Epiphanies
is a supportive space for writers
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
in-session writing exercises,
readings of your material,
prompts to inspire writing
several new pieces,
or opening new avenues
within longer works-in-progress.
you will receive written feedback
on two shorter pieces
or one longer text
of your choosing
over the course of the sessions.
will be available
for individual meetings
on occasional Sundays
This is an intimate group
for writers seeking
to a winter writing practice.
Creatures & artists
of all genres are welcome,
but we're keeping this one cozy,
so spots are limited.
from 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
for ten sessions:
November 5th & 19th
December 3rd & 17th
January 7th & 21st
February 4th & 18th
March 3rd & 17th
Online via Zoom
* 100 ILS early bird discount for registration by October 17th
* Contact me HERE for info about receiving a partial scholarship.
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
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.