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(W)rites of Passage Welcomes


to the Guest Author Workshop Series

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Gore's Grotto:
A New Way to Structure
Memoir & Fiction

Saturday, Aug 6th 2022 on Zoom from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. MST

For the Western story of overcoming, they teach Freytag’s pyramid. But Ariel Gore teaches "Gore’s Grotto," an alternative narrative structure with a focus on tapping into myths and hidden places.

The focus here isn’t on heroes, rising action, and conquer,

but on deepening, discerning, community-building, and surviving with a version of ourselves that can relax.

We go inside and we discover the inner resources we need.

In this workshop, we’ll cover

the 13-beats of Gore’s Grotto:

1. Invocations 

2. Societal Options 

3. Casting the Spell

4. Breaking the Old Spells 

5. Deepening Action 

6. Eating / Strengthening

7. Potential Space

8.  Moving Through Resistance 

9. Ancestor Nod

10. Remembering When We Defied Gravity 

11. Accelerating Through Toxicity

12. Releasing Expectations / Accepting Failure

13. Psychic Freedom


Ariel Gore is a LAMBDA-Award-winning and national-bestselling author of a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction including How to Become a Famous Writer Before You're Dead: Your Words in Print and Your Name in Lights. She founded Hip Mama, the American Alternative Press Award-winning magazine.  

Of her Feminist Press novel, We Were Witches,

Kate Schatz said, “Its own genre, in its own canon.”

And Lidia Yuknavitch said, “A triumphant body story.

A singularly spectacular siren song.”

Ariel Gore teaches at Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers at

To register for this class please email us at and we will guide you through the steps. There is limited financial assistance available for those in need. If you'd like to donate to the scholarship fund please let us know and we will assist in this process. Participating writers get 15% off the workshop if they show proof of purchasing one of the following two books by Ariel Gore, either her latest novel We Were Witches  or by pre-ordering her forthcoming craft book, The Wayward Writer: Summon Your Power to Take Back Your Story, Liberate Yourself from Capitalism, and Publish Like a Superstar. (Those titles alone say everything, right?!?)

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