Karelia has taught writing for fifteen years, including ten years as tenured faculty at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon. She loves watching her students find their voices. She believes in the power of writing to transform lives. She writes every day and encourages her students to do the same. Her mantra as a teacher and a… Continue reading Getting to Know: Karelia Stetz-Waters
by Finn Burnett WHAT TO TRY WHEN YOU'RE BLOCKED When that happens, sometimes the best thing to do is take a short break. After the break, come back to your work ready to roll up your sleeves and get back to it. Writer’s block, like death and taxes, happens. We get wrapped up in our… Continue reading You’ve Been Blocked
In 1929, Virginia Woolf published her (now famous) extended essay, A Room of One's Own (Hogarth Press), which examined the role of money which was used (then, as now) to stifle or empower the creative lives of women (and, let's face it, men, and, well, everyone). Nearly a hundred years on, we reflect on the… Continue reading A Space of One’s Own
In our first installment of Writers In Conversation, authors Karelia Stetz-Waters and Anna Burke talk about writing sex scenes. Buckle up. Things are about to get... interesting. As a caution: this post contains explicit, frank dialog about human anatomy, including language that may not be suitable for some audiences. Discretion is advised. https://youtu.be/7c4tJtYOqqg Writers In… Continue reading Let’s Talk About It: Writing Sex Scenes
Trigger warning: This article discusses sex and female anatomy and includes a brief mention of spanking. A year ago, on Valentine’s Day 2020 (a few weeks before a sold-out theater would become impossible) I stood up in front of an audience of five-hundred and shared intimate details from my sex life. It was a wonderful… Continue reading Author Karelia Stetz-Waters on Cliteracy and Affirmation
Good bye, 2020! Join the Writing Academy in saying farewell to 2020 as some of our former and current instructors and students chime in on their hopes and dreams for 2021: https://youtu.be/x2KClLwsUOg
Join us on 12/31/2020 as the Writing Academy bids farewell to 2020 with a special year end surprise featuring Finn Burnett, RJ Samuel, Karelia Stetz-Waters, Melissa Brayden, and more!
This week, the Writing Academy welcomed author, and return instructor, Karelia Stetz-Waters for a class on the art of showing, not telling. When you lay a big information dump on your reader, chances are you're telling. When you put an emphasis on showing action in order to convey the emotions you want your reader to… Continue reading The Art of Showing