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What is Creative Caffeine?
The Blend:The idea behind Creative Caffeine is a blend of two writing principles. First, that the more you write, the better you write. And second, that there’s a creative alchemy that comes from free-writing first thing in the morning.
The Brew: Here’s how it works. Every weekday morning, the Creative Caffeine barista will email you a writing prompt - something that will act like a jolt of caffeine for your writing brain. Using this prompt, you will free write for 10 minutes. Ideally, you’ll do this before you shower, get dressed, feed the dog and the kids – in other words, before your internal judge wakes up. When the 10 minutes are over, you’ll email that morning’s work to your Creative Caffeine weekly writing partners, as well as to the barista.
Your weekly writing partners will read the morning’s work, and highlight the passages they like, the ideas they think should be developed into longer pieces. And you’ll do the same for them.
At the end of the week, the barista will choose her fave from each Caffeinator's work for the week and post it on the Creative Caffeine blog site. Everybody* will read your writing and marvel.
(*Links to the Creative Caffeine blog site appear on multiple websites.)
Placing your order:You can join Creative Caffeine any Monday morning. The cost is $100 for a four-week commitment (20 writing days). To join click here.
The Dark Roast Option – For those who are serious about their jolt: When you register, just send the Creative Caffeine barista an extra check for $100. If you write every one of the 20 days, you’ll get your check back. Every day you miss, will cost you $5 – the equivalent of a grande latte.
About the Creative Caffeine Barista
The Creative Caffeine barista, also known as Janis Cooke Newman, has been teaching writing in the SF Bay Area for nearly 10 years.
She is the author of a memoir, "The Russian Word for Snow," and a novel, "Mary." Her essays and travel stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the LA Times and Backpacker magazine, as well as in several anthologies. She is a member of the SF Writers Grotto.
For more on Janis Cooke Newman, and to find out more about her classes, click here.