What is a coven? It’s a circle of knowledge-seekers who are grounded in their own power. It’s a connection based on a shared intention to grow and explore.
The Study Coven has offered an intro to feminist horror, plus classes exploring queer magical realism, witches, ghosts, monsters, and more. Themes and dates are selected by the Study Coven, who maintain regular contact via Discord.
How it works: at least a month before each class, students are invited to enroll and receive a syllabus outlining readings, plus creative writing exercises derived from the texts. Supplemental materials are also included. These assignments are then completed in advance of two live Zoom sessions. When the group meets, we engage in guided discussion, workshop pieces that were sparked by the syllabus, and often host guests, such as visiting authors.
Our next class will be Smutty Study in February 2024. We will examine the role of sex in two provocative literary fiction novels: Little Rabbit by Alyssa Songsiridej and The Book of the Most Precious Substance by Sara Gran. With prompts derived from these readings, plus assorted essays and stories, we'll experiment with the creative potential of sex in storytelling.
For every class I've taken with Lindsay, I've written a new story—two of three have been published, and the third is part of a collection I'm currently shopping around. Even better than that, I've gotten to know a wonderful group of supportive women. Signing up for that first class--Feminist Horror in 2021--was one of the best things I've done for myself as a writer. And I can't wait for this year's topics!" — Rebecca Cuthbert, author of the poetry collection In Memory of Exoskeleton
"From the writing prompts to guided discussions to personalized feedback, the Feminist Horror class had everything I could’ve asked for! Lindsay fostered such a creative and open environment to share my writing and meet other writers." — AP
"I have taken three classes with Lindsay so far: Feminist Horror, Queer Magical Realism, and Witches. She is a fabulous teacher. She gives insightful comments on workshop pieces, comes up with cool course content, fosters a really fun, collegial environment amongst the students, so much so that a bunch of us keep coming back." — Clare O'Dowd
"Lindsay's writing classes are enriching and fruitful. Her prompts are among the best I've seen and the book selections and insight shared during classes is valuable. She does an excellent job of building community among writers and encouraging a positive workshopping experience. I've had several pieces published that grew out of her prompts and writing workshops." — Jen Fischer, writer and filmmaker