For a year now, Matilda Butler and I have been teaching online writing workshops through Story Circle Network. Our Five Senses program is very popular. He's the description:
The best stories pull the readers into the scenes, immerse them in details. This three-week mini-course is designed to expand your awareness and use of the five senses in telling your life story. In our virtual classroom, you'll learn how to incorporate sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch into your writing and heighten your sensitivity to the depth and range of texture within each sense.
Thursday, September 17, 5pm PT and 8pm ET: Conference call #1: Real-time exercise on using the five senses.
Friday, September 18: Video lesson available on website. This lesson focuses on the multi-dimensional aspects of sight and hearing. The writing assignment challenges students to use one of the senses in a 500 word vignette describing a person.
Tuesday, September 22: Written assignment due. All assignments will be posted on class website.
Thursday, September 24: Conference call #2: Each student reads her vignette. Students and instructors critique the writers and suggest possible ways to further enhance their uses of the senses in their vignette.
Friday, September 25: Video lesson available on website. Lesson focuses on elements of smell, taste, and touch. The assignment provides an opportunity to use at least one of these senses in an 800-1000 word vignette about a place.
Tuesday, September 29: Written assignment due. All assignments will be posted on class website.
Thursday, October 1: Conference call #3: Each student reads her vignette. Students and instructors provide feedback.
The cost is $90 for SCN members/$130 for members. (Membership is only $35 so join and get the quarterly journal, online newsletters and more. This is a great group of women.)
Details at SCN site: The Craft of Memoir Writing: Hot Fudge Sundaes, Magnolia Blossoms, Soft Cashmere, Screeching Blue Jays and Other Ways to Use the Five Senses to Bring Your Story to Life [mini-course]