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Let Yourself Be Surprised


“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” –Joan Didion


Writing is an important way to recognize what we believe, but what we don’t know. Whether fiction or non, poetry or prose, writing is a means of letting our inner thoughts commingle with the outside world. The best way for writers to find their way into art is to pay attention and sit down. There are worlds inside of us. But you have to start writing and let go of a certain amount of control to find them.


In all of my workshops, I offer prompts that work for any genre. Prompts that will get you thinking, reflecting, imagining, or recording. The best way to find the stories you hold and your way of telling them is to put one word after another and let yourself be surprised.


This summer, I’m teaching two teen workshops: Tiny Tales (flash fiction) and Small Truths (flash nonfiction).


I’m also teaching an adult class called The Hermit Crab: Write Provocatively.


In all of these classes we’ll talk craft, generate work from prompts, and workshop a piece of your choosing.


Sarah Cedeño’s work is forthcoming or has appeared in The Journal, 2 Bridges, The Pinch, The Baltimore Review, New World Writing, The Rumpus, Hippocampus Magazine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Sarah is the Editorial Director of the national literary magazine Clockhouse and holds an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. She lives in Brockport, NY with her husband and two sons, and teaches writing at the College at Brockport. She is at work on a collection of essays on illness and womanhood called The Visible Woman.


Sarah will be teaching a 5-week writing course, The Hermit Crab: Write Provocatively, starting on July 12.