What Your MFA Didn't Teach You: Writing Classes by Ariana Brown

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What Your MFA Didn't Teach You: Writing Classes by Ariana Brown

Four individual writing classes. Classes take place virtually on Zoom.

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  • 22 days 2 hours
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Sat, Nov 12 & Sun, Nov 13

Sat, Dec 3 & Sun, Dec 4

1:00pm-3:00pm CST

What Your MFA Didn’t Teach You is a series of writing classes focused on craft and the business of being a writer. Though geared towards poets, writers of all genres will benefit. You may sign up for all four classes or select your favorites and purchase a la carte. All sessions include a lecture, provided readings by women writers of color, group discussion, writing tips, prompts, dedicated time to write and share, and a Q&A with Ariana. There is no homework. Open to writers of all experience levels ages 18 and up.


Techniques for getting the rhythm right to tease out an idea or scene in your work, focusing on work by Aracelis Girmay and Natalie Diaz.


Crafting surprise by turning a phrase or inventing your own, based on the work of Ntozake Shange, Toni Morrison, and Zora Neale Hurston.


How to use sentence elements to create dynamic writing, focusing on the effects of punctuation and syntax.


Securing the funds to promote your book or interdisciplinary project with real-life examples from Ariana’s winning and failed grant applications.


Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from San Antonio, TX. She holds a B.A. in African Diaspora Studies and Mexican American Studies as well as an M.F.A. in Poetry. Ariana is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. She is the author of We Are Owed. (Grieveland, 2021) and Sana Sana (Game Over Books, 2020). She has been writing, performing, and teaching poetry for 13 years. Find her work online at www.arianabrown.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ArianaThePoet.

As a teacher, Ariana believes there is no wrong way to write a poem. She encourages discovery by asking participants to identify what excites them or what they notice most about poems. Ariana is skilled in teaching writers of all levels, creating opportunities for everyone’s thoughts and experiences to live harmoniously in the classroom. She teaches from a queer Black feminist approach, meaning she invites participants to safely engage in vulnerability and mutual support, as she works to craft a comfortable and challenging learning environment for all.


  • Sessions will not be recorded.
  • Live captioning will be provided via Zoom.
  • Each participant will receive a detailed syllabus containing lessons, prompts, and readings.
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