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Two online classes offered by former LM Columnist Violeta Garcia-Mendoza

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Multi-Culti Mami columnist Violeta Garcia-Mendoza is offering two online courses beginning in October, 2009. For more information or to register, contact Violeta directly.

Writers Recharge Class
October 12- November 16, 2009

Are you missing the spark you started writing with? Do you feel like you're in a rut? Blocked? Or just not as energized and inspired as you once were? Violeta's Writers' Recharge will help you get over the hurdles, reconnect with your love of reading and writing, unearth your spark, and bring it back to the page.
The focus of the Writers' Recharge is to act as a sort of balm against rejection letters, criticisms, writing blocks, and the general noise of life in order to produce fulfilling-to-you writing. Unlike Violeta's other classes, this 5-week class will not focus as much on craft as it will on being highly personalized as it helps you overcome obstacles to your writing, become inspired, and find community with other passionate writers. Whether you're a fiction or nonfiction writer, or a poet, let Violeta help you rekindle your literary passion, drive, and energy.
Topics will include:
* arriving at personalized inspiring reading list
* writing "cross-training" assignments
* determining the most fertile environment for your writing
* becoming part of a literary community/ making literary friends
* combining the pleasure with the business of writing... while maximizing the pleasure
* personalized tips and positive, constructive feedback on any pieces submitted for Violeta's critique

Class length is 5 weeks, and class size is limited. Cost is $150 and may be paid in installments, if necessary. For more information, or to register, please contact Violeta.

Creative Nonfiction Special Topics Class
October 5- November 16, 2009.

For past students of Violeta's CNF 1 class, or for intermediate creative nonfiction writers, Creative Nonfiction Special Topics provides the inspiration, structure, and community that will take you deeper as a creative nonfiction writer. CNF Special Topics lets you explore a number of different subject matters for your creative nonfiction writing.
Topics will include:
* travel writing
* political writing
* spiritual writing
* food writing
* writing about family & friends
* writing through the dark

The 6-week class will feature a variety of weekly readings and discussion, writing prompts, and in-depth feedback on all the weekly work you submit to Violeta. It will differ from the typical workshop format in that you will not be required to comment on others' work, giving you the ability to focus more intensely on your own work.
Cost is $175 and may be paid in installments, if necessary. For more information, or to register, please contact Violeta.

Christina Marie Speed writes poetry and creative nonfiction. Her work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including Caper Journal, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online, and The View From Here. She lives with her husband and two sons in a sunny fourth-floor walkup in Brooklyn, New York.

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