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Confessionals, Spontaneous Prose, Cut-ups, Jazz–Poetry, and Picture Poems


Writers in the Mountains (WIM) presents Confessionals, Spontaneous Prose, Cut-ups, Jazz–Poetry, and Picture Poems: Writing under the Influence of the Beat Generation, a six-week long workshop with Stephanie Nikolopoulos, March 1 – April 5, 2021. The class will be held online Mondays, from 6 to 8 pm. Once they register and pay, participants will be given instructions on how to join the class.


Have the rules of writing stifled your creativity? Taught by an editor who understands the perils of perfectionism, this hands-on workshop will help free you from constraints and put the joy back into writing. We’ll experiment with Beat Generation techniques to blaze our own writing paths—whatever your genre. Along the way, we’ll explore Neal Cassady’s and Diane di Prima’s confessional writing; Jack Kerouac’s spontaneous prose and jazz-poetry style; William S. Burroughs’ cut-ups; and Gregory Corso’s picture poetry. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, and come prepared to release your most expressive flow state.


Stephanie Nikolopoulos is a writer and editor based in New York City. She is the coauthor, with Paul Maher Jr., of the biography Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” Afar animated her flash travel story “Seeing the Light in Sweden” for their Travel Tales series in 2019, and the Albany International Airport Gallery selected her “Essay after Visiting the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Written from a Skyscraper” for their Landmarks exhibit in 2018. She currently writes the New York City history column A Byte Out of the Big Apple for Thomas Insights. Her website is stephanienikolopoulos.com.


To register, e-mail writersinthemountains@gmail.com. To register online, visit writersinthemountains.org. Class fee is $100, if you register and pay by February 8, and $125 after that.


Writers in the Mountains is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization with a mission to provide a nurturing environment for the practice, appreciation and sharing of creative writing. Learn more at writersinthemountains.org.

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