The Writer’s Prep

a new approach to writing.
Tools to connect to your work before you begin to work.

Class size is limited to a very small group
to ensure a safe, relaxed environment.

Private coaching available.

In-Person Class

Dates: Tuesday evenings: April 2, 9, 16, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 7:00-8:30 pm eastern time.

Location: A loft space overlooking the Hudson River in Irvington, NY.

Private coaching available. Please email me at delaune@delaunemichel.com

Zoom Class

Dates: Thursday afternoons: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Time: 1:00-2:30 pm eastern time.

Fee for either class: $450.

How To Register: Send me a message with the subject heading: Writer’s Prep, and a few sentences about yourself. No writing sample is necessary. I will respond with class details and payment information.
Email me at delaune@delaunemichel.com.

What It Is:

Think of the great writing sessions you have when you’re so connected to
your work that it’s as if you and your characters are alive in the scene. Have you ever wondered if you could get to that state any time? Even when you feel stuck?

The Writer’s Prep is a series of simple sensory exercises based on The Method acting technique developed by Lee Strasberg that enable you to connect deeply to your work before you begin to write, allowing you to write truthfully in the unique, imaginary circumstances of the scene.

Actors have known for over a century that the way to be alive in a scene, and to live truthfully in the given circumstances is to connect to it sensorially. That same truth applies to writers, too. The Writer’s Prep takes The Method’s proven techniques, and adapts them for writers.

Don’t write your way into the scene.
BE in the scene before you write.

Who It’s For:

You might be working on a novel, memoir, story, or essay. You might have a completed draft, and need support in making it come alive. Or you might have pages that are evolving into what they will be. Designed for writers of all levels, this workshop gives you the tools to write truthfully in the imaginary world of your work.

What You’ll Get:

A solid foundation in the craft of preparation through a series of sensory techniques that are simple, quick, and effective. Throughout the classes, we
will do the exercises, allowing you to hone your skills, and deepen their impact on your writing. You will come out of the workshop with specific tools that aid you in preparing to write.

How We Will Work:

Each class will focus on a sensory technique. After a discussion of that week’s technique, I will lead everyone through the sensory exercise, and then you will write. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to talk about your experience with the technique, and I will give you feedback to help you with its effectiveness. Please note: we will not read pages or critique work. This is not a class for what you write, but for how you prepare to write.

My Bio:

DeLauné Michel has spent her life in the realm of story-telling as an actor, writer, teacher, and producer of literary events. She grew up in a South Louisiana literary family that includes her first cousin André Dubus III, and second cousin James Lee Burke. After moving to NYC, she studied The Method acting technique with Tony Greco, who was Lee Strasberg’s protégé at The Actor’s Studio, and the Method and Meisner Technique with Michael Howard at his eponymous studio. She then moved to Los Angeles where she worked in theatre, television (including NYPD Blue), and indie films (including Harry Shearer’s directorial debut).

In 1996, Ms. Michel created the critically-acclaimed reading series, Spoken Interludes, to sold-out audiences that continued in LA and in NY for over 25 years. Ms. Michel also developed, taught in, and ran outreach writing programs for at-risk youth in New York and Los Angeles for over 20 years. During this time, the first two short stories Ms. Michel wrote won recognition in the Thomas Wolf Short Fiction Competition, and her novels, Aftermath of Dreaming and The Safety of Secrets, were published by HarperCollins.
In 2020, just after Covid began, Ms. Michel and her husband, Dan Fried, launched Book YaYa, an online event space for writers and readers to connect for free events. Two years later, after 26 years of literary events that showcased nearly 1000 writers on both coasts to sold-out crowds of hundreds per show, and over 21 years of writing programs, Spoken Interludes and Book YaYa were shuttered. Currently, Ms. Michel teaches writing,and has recently completed a memoir. She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and two sons.
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