It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up Magazine.
Let me start over because that’s a Biggie Smalls song.
I remember commuting 2 hours a day in Miami traffic ready to lose my mind until I subscribed to Writing Class Radio. Actually, I need to back up a bit more.
I remember the first time I started writing.
Too far back.
I met Andrea Askowitz after performing at Miami’s Lip Service True Stories Out Loud.
“Oh my God, you have to take my class!” she told me after the show. Never seen her before in my life. When I found out she created Lip Service, I showed her a little more love. She called me out on it with a smile but still invited me to take her class, Writing Class Radio which is also a podcast. There, I was introduced to the voice of Allison Langer and met her later at a writing workshop at the University of Miami.
Writing Class Radio is where we work out our shit. That’s their tagline and my hello because I have shit. Everyone does, but I wanted to write about mine and so did they.
Listening to Andrea and Allison go back and forth about the craft and heart of storytelling on their podcast kept me sane during my daily 2-hour commute. I finally signed up and was pleasantly pleased with how candid the students were with telling their stories. So, I rolled up my sleeves, let down my hair, wrote down my mess, read it aloud, and no one even blinked. I knew I was home.
My writing got better. So did my editing. Because of Writing Class Radio, my essays got published in Shondaland and Filter. Because of their resources, I also got published in Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Now, I’m teaching alongside Allison and Andrea facilitating a First Draft Writing Class. What?!?!
So, now I get to say another one of their things: “Writing Class Radio is both heart and art. By heart we mean the truth in a story, by art, we mean the craft of writing. No matter what’s going on in our lives, Writing Class is where we tell the truth. It’s where we work out our shit. There’s no place in the world like Writing Class, and we want to bring you in.”
Written by Zorina Exie Frey
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