Right to Write (March 2021 - February 2022)

Monthly Writing Workshops to Keep You On Track, Fueled Up, and Inspired

THE 2021/22 RIGHT TO WRITE IS SOLD OUT! If you are interested in being on the waiting list -- or in joining another workshop -- please email me: sarah at sentilles dot com. Thank you!

RIGHT TO WRITE is a twelve-month writing workshop series. On the second Tuesday of every month, I’ll lead a two-hour, virtual writing workshop based on a theme. You’ll get a mini lecture from me about that theme, a ton of writing exercises you can use on your own again and again, camaraderie (the classes will be on video so we can see each other!), and – perhaps most important of all – accountability.

They say 99% of writing is just keeping your butt in the chair, just showing up and doing the work. But writing is also about not getting stuck in the same old ruts. It’s about experimenting. It’s about feeling so inspired you don’t mind getting up at five in the morning dark to write when everyone else in your household is still asleep. It’s about being part of a community of artists and writers and makers and dreamers trying to imagine our way to a better world.

Here's the schedule:

March 9, 2021: Echo
April 13, 2021: Breaks
May 11, 2021: Almost
June 8, 2021: Objects
July 13, 2021: Site Specific
August 10, 2021: Silence/Unsaid
September 14, 2021: Call & Response
October 12, 2021: Repair
November 9, 2021: Longing
December 14, 2021: Lyric
January 11, 2022: Beyond
February 8, 2022: Distance

We’ll meet in virtual space on the second Tuesday of every month from 8-10 pm Eastern/ 5-7 pm Pacific (which will be Wednesday mornings for those of you in Australia). We’ll meet on Zoom, so you’ll be able to see everyone. The classes will be recorded, so if you miss one, you’ll be able to catch up.

I hope you’ll join us. Tell your friends about it, your writing group, your studio mates, your colleagues. I promise the workshops will inspire you, improve your writing skills, introduce you to new ways of thinking and creating and reading, and help you put creativity at the center of your life.


Your Instructor


Sarah Sentilles
Sarah Sentilles

Sarah Sentilles is a writer, teacher, critical theorist, scholar of religion, and author of many books, including Stranger Care, which will be published by Random House in May 2021. Her book Draw Your Weapons won the 2018 PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, Ms., Religion Dispatches, Oregon ArtsWatch, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She earned a bachelor's degree at Yale and master's and doctoral degrees at Harvard.


Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on the second Tuesday in March 2021 and ends on the second Tuesday of February 2022.
I hated taking online classes in college. I hate using computers. I try to stay away from screens. Is gathering through a computer weird? Distancing?
No, it’s not weird or distancing. It’s actually quite cozy. I taught a few online courses at a university when I lived in Portland, and I wasn’t good at teaching that way because most of what makes me a good teacher is what happens between workshop participants and me -- in person. But this is completely different. You might be surprised, but a sense of community gets created in these workshops. Because I use Zoom, we get to see each other and hear each other. It’s LIVE, not pre-recorded. It feels good to get to see so many other creative people, choosing to spend their time writing. It feels hopeful.
What if I’ve never written anything before? What if I hate writing?
Then this workshop is just for you! There will be a range of writing abilities in the workshops – from people who’ve published a zillion books to people who became visual artists because they hate words. I use generative writing exercises that will work no matter what your experience. I break down writing into simple, fun, short exercises that will help you claim writing as something that belongs to you, and always has, no matter what anyone else (your high school english teacher, your inner critic) told you.
If I have to miss a workshop session, are they recorded?
Yes. If you miss a class, they will be recorded, and you can watch it on your own time. Of course, it’s better to attend all the session and be part of the real life magic, but I know lives are busy and schedules change, so I try to build flexibility into the workshop by making the recordings available when needed.

This course is closed for enrollment.