Writing for the Busy Professional and Parent: Lessons Learned about Craft, Commitment, and Creativity

with Michele Feeney Workshop Type: 1-Day, 2014, All Levels, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Multi-Genre, Season
Length: 1-Day
Genre: Multi-Genre
Type: In-Person
Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
Location: ASU Campus, Tempe
Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm

This workshop is for busy people who have the desire to write, find life gets in the way, yet never forget or quit. Re-ignite the creative urge and generate new work in a supportive community of like-minded writers.

Workshop participants will need A Year of Writing Dangerously:  365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement, by Barbara Abercrombie; a blank journal and pen, a four-color set of 100 index cards, and a blank calendar. You should also bring a laptop or iPad with internet access and a packed lunch. If you keep a personal journal, please bring it (no sharing required).

Workshop Schedule

Early Morning Session


  1. Why are you still dreaming about writing?
  2. a common language
  3. your toolbox and choice of genre

Freewriting: Prompt #1

Groupwork: Open discussion

Late Morning Session

Lecture: Where do story-worthy ideas come from?

Freewriting: Prompt #2

Groupwork: Evaluating story ideas

(11:45-12:30, with group)

Early Afternoon Session

Lecture: Organizing your time, your space and your story

Freewriting: Prompt #3

Groupwork: Open discussion

Late Afternoon Session


  1. Finding a supportive community
  2. revision techniques
  3. maintaining momentum

Freewriting: Prompt #4

Class Discussion: What comes next?

Limited Enrollment

Michele Feeney photoAbout Michele Feeney

Writer, practicing lawyer, ASU adjunct professor at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, wife, and parent of five, Michele Feeney can help you fit writing time into your busy lifestyle.


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