What Can I Expect?

Inspiration. Experimentation. No wrong answers.

In this six-chapter creativity-generating workshop we’ll follow in the footsteps of genius eccentrics, outsiders and outlaws who've stepped beyond their perceived limitations, risking ridicule (and worse) to access their unique creative offerings — ultimately proving that what is outside the norm — and the academy — is often the most deliciously innovative and juicy. Through playful and boundary-pushing exercises we become co-conspirators in building a vibrant universe, soaked in the imagination’s brightest colors. Flexing our natural instinct for curiosity, we'll write beyond the world of convention, actively practicing how to find inspiration anywhere. 

Each chapter holds weeks worth of creative possibility, bursting with readings, artists to study, journaling prompts and creative exercises. The themes range from silly/light to inquisitive/profound, tying together disparate artists of various mediums that we'll use as a diving board into short and extended creative exercises. We’ll ignite creative experiments in non-writing mediums (just for fun!) in order to aid our writing. We’re after a hands on, interactive experience aimed at shaking up and pushing the edges of the creative spirit. The ultimate hope is for the writer to surprise themselves. 

What's The Flow?

Reading. Looking. Thinking. Making.


Each chapter invites you to engage with a series of diverse artists in different mediums, as well as a packet of multiple poems, and other supplemental readings revolving around a central theme. In response, non-writing experiments, as well as short and long writing prompts will be given in service of generating new work. 

Writers we’ll read include: Amiri Baraka, Tracy K. Smith, George Bradley, Nathalie Handal, Audre Lorde, Etheridge Knight, Zora Neal Hurston, Phillis Wheatley, Maggie Nelson, Jane Hershfield, Danielle DeTiberus, Kim Addonizio, Yona Harvey, Pablo Neruda, Michael Waters, Joseph O. Legaspi, Mahogany L. Browne,  Safia Elhillo, Reg E Gaines, June Jordan, etc.

Time commitment: Up to you. No, really. By signing up for this course, you own the material for good. No exaggeration, you'll find enough possibility in each chapter to pump out a whole journal, sketch book and embark on twenty new projects. Seriously. It's juicy and packed. You define the entry points that speak to you from a series of multiple prompts. You choose the pace to move, and what you want to fast forward through and what you might want to return to. This is all about you, your needs, your interests. If you're the type that needs an accountability partner to not totally ignore the content you just signed up for (I don't blame you), sign up with a friend, or a group, and engage the work together. 


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Chapter by Chapter

  • 2
    Chapter One: Mashups, Remixes, Recycling: the Art of Re-appropriation
    • Chapter One Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter One Reading Packet
    • Chapter One Creative Exercises
  • 3
    Chapter Two: Diving into Sky, Calling in the Sea: Imagining the Beyond
    • Chapter Two Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter Two Reading Packet
    • Chapter Two Creative Exercises
  • 4
    Chapter Three: Unshackled Voices, The Rose That Bloomed From Concrete
    • Chapter Three Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter Three Reading Packet
    • Chapter Three Creative Exercises
  • 5
    Chapter Four: Fracturing the Mirror, Redefining Self = Redefining the World
    • Chapter Four Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter Four Reading Packet
    • Chapter Four Creative Exercises
  • 6
    Chapter Five: I Love What I Love, Honoring the Obsessive Genius Itch
    • Chapter Five Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter Five Reading Packet
    • Chapter Five Creative Exercises
  • 7
    Chapter Six: Ancient/Future Fly, The Art of Adornment
    • Chapter Six Intro, Inspo & Journaling
    • Chapter Six Creative Exercises
    • Chapter Six Reading Packet
  • 8
    Closing Rituals
    • Closing Ritual Suggestions
    • Post-Course Survey

How much does it cost?

Each chapter in this course holds weeks worth of prompts, reading materials and endless possibility for creation for less than $15 each.

What People Are Saying

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Former Participant

Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

Honoring so many types of people and cultures made me feel very included and in touch with the wide world. The "outsiders" take us into ourselves. At a time when the U.S. has become a nation I do not always feel comfortable in, it's salutary to find a refuge in art. Congratulations to Caits Meissner for being in the vanguard of humane wisdom and integrative action.
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Former Participant

Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

I have forgotten how daring I once was in BEGINNING to create. Now, at age 74, I tend to make assumptions about what processes work, what my themes and obsessions are, methods of revision, and where I need to discard because THIS will never work. I look forward to reviewing and rereading the materials and ideas to kickstart in new ways... I have already began to "explode" old drafts, to open them up to goofiness, wordplay, contrasting tones and voices--and queries about where can I take this without feeling I KNOW where I'll end up. The course was very informative, rejuvenating, and quite a bit of fun.
Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

Former Participant

Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

This is one of the most inspiring courses I have taken, and I have taken a lot. The instructor gave us a wealth of information and inspiration that I will be able to use even after the course is over.
Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

Former Participant

Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

The creative examples and exercises were excellent. I discovered artists--and inspirational approaches to poetry--that I never knew. There were many ways to use those materials and ideas.
Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

Former Participant

Feedback shared through anonymous survey when this course was offered through Transformative Language Arts Network

[I gained] the permission to experiment freely and to be more involved with the process as opposed to a product. Amazing class. I am so thankful to have taken it!!

Who Is This Course For?

Anyone who is curious / afraid / bored / anxious / stuck / risk-taking / inspired / boundary pushing / too comfortable / weird / not weird enough / happy / sad / mad / in other words: you.

This workshop is for writers looking to combat writer’s block, begin a new collection, try something out of the ordinary, experiment with genre and different modes of expression, and creatively play. It is also a low pressure setting for new writers who are curious about entering the writing process, and a boundary stretching journey for experienced creators. Basically, this course is for anyone willing to try on a little curiosity and wonder... just to see what happens.

FAQ

  • What is the pace of the course?

    All courses are available to you to explore at your own leisure. There will be no "real time" instruction or group participation. Rush through and return to content, stretch it out over years. Whatever works for you.

  • Are there payment plans?

    Unfortunately, we don't have the capacity to offer payment plans on this platform. Sorry about that.

  • Will Caits review my work?

    No, this content is available for you to engage with yourself, or invite friends to take the journey with you. Aside from the content, there is no facilitator leading an experience.

  • Can I share the content with a friend?

    I love the idea of your taking this journey with a friend! But please don't. It is expected that each participant sign up to receive their own content.

  • Do I need to be experienced to take these courses?

    Not at all. The content cuts across levels of experience, and invites experimentation.

Ready to get messy?

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