Key Workshop Benefits

  • Spark

    Original writing prompts that will engage and excite you.

  • Flex

    Innovative solutions and support to execute your original ideas and stories.

  • Deen Sensitive

    Great familiarity and respect for Muslim cultures and lifestyles.

  • Multiple POVs

    Peer reviews and feedback to further your storytelling skills.

  • Professional, Yet Fun

    Facilitated by a woman who loves embolding creative expression and has several years of professional editorial experience.

5-Week Course

Five weeks of writing prompts, discussions, peer feedback and professional guidance.

Transforming Complicated Topics

Stories are nearly bursting our seams, but we just can’t tell some of them. Well maybe can. Readers are desperate for these stories, which may be close to their own, to help guide and heal us. Or maybe they are terrifically different, and will inform and inspire us. So how do we do it without upsetting our families and loved ones, without revealing sins, without having the weight of the internet fatwa police come crashing through our every inbox? In Writing The Deeply Personal we will learn how to craft the stories that have complicated issues holding them back, such as: EMBARRASSING autobiographical details, BACKBITING loved ones and others, uncovering SINS - yours or anyone else's, and TABOOS that need to be broken - you can do it! It’s incredible (and frustrating) that so many of the writers I know produce reams of engaging content, but manage to avoid topics we really, really want to delve into. We don’t want to backbite or reveal someone’s sins or maybe the subject matter is too taboo… Khalas! I want to spend a day supporting each other to WRITE this material and I will help you find ways to send it out into the world if that’s what you want to do. ***Deeply Personal doesn't not necessarily mean "gut-wrenching, trauma-fueled." In my case, I have four teenagers who do not like to be included in my writing (not even like this!). As I frequently write about homeschooling this is a real challenge for me. For you, the deeply personal challenge may include a parent or spouse with a great story or anecdote who would rather not be in the spotlight. Or maybe it is something darker. All participants will have a choice in what kind of material they are exposed to for peer reviews and traumatic works will not be used in course examples. *** Whether you have a story in mind or need prompting, we will explore several different approaches to story telling in order to produce our work as effectively and least damaging as possible. You may write and receive feedback on at least five pieces for this course.

Limited Spaces

Begins Sunday August 19, 2018

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Writers' Testimonials

“Ready to get it done? Sign up for this course. I’m so glad I took Brooke’s workshop to force myself to get some writing done that I had been wanting to do for months. If you’re a beginner this will give you a kick start to get writing. If you already write a lot it may be what you need to flesh out the thoughts you’ve had swirling around but not put down to paper.”

Amanda Mouttaki, marocmama.comAmanda Mouttaki, marocmama.com

“Loved it! This workshop was what I needed to make me focus more on writing and also realize that I did have things to say that people would want to read. Brooke was a focused, patient and supportive facilitator/teacher who gave us enough information to find our way and if we appeared lost she was there to give more support. It was also a diverse group and allowed me not to worry about writing for only one audience of people. The fact that it was online was great as it was flexible but if you register for the next workshop, go in knowing it will be a challenging, hardworking yet wonderful transformation!"”

Angela Franklin, Director of Chez Alpha BooksAngela Franklin, Director of Chez Alpha Books

“Brooke Benoit is very resourceful. If you’re serious about writing and you want a different angle of opinion or perspective on your work, do not hesitate to hire her! She’s got talent masha’Allah!”

 P. Feauxzar, Author and Publisher at Djarabi Kitabs P. Feauxzar, Author and Publisher at Djarabi Kitabs

“Brooke Benoit is a beta reader for everything I write for publication. Her editing eye is fantastic and she is familiar with cultural language patterns so she knows when something is clunky versus patois being used correctly. She also asks great questions that push me to write more clearly or to fill in things to make a story, poem or essay better. She is not a heavy-handed editor and really respects and honors the voice of the writer, but she does give important advice and catch all the spelling, grammar, sentence structure and other errors. ”

~ Aaminah Shakur, Artist, Art Historian, Healer, Poet, Force of Nature~ Aaminah Shakur, Artist, Art Historian, Healer, Poet, Force of Nature

“My first encounter with Brooke Benoit was when the Islamic advisor for SISTERS tore up an article I had written. Brooke asked me to rewrite it, but after staring at the screen for a couple of days, I couldn’t find a way to stay true to my own voice while addressing the issues brought up by the advisor. When I voiced my reservations to Brooke, what I expected was that she would write back and tell me if I was unable to fix the piece, then it would be scrapped. I was quite confident that would be her response; after all, her priority as the editor had to be that she keep the pace of articles flowing to meet deadlines, and surely advising individual writers would only set her back. I understood completely and was fully expecting her to give me a quick, ‘better luck next time.’ But Brooke didn’t do that at all. Instead, she took the time to more fully explain the advisor’s criticisms, his reservations, and even gave me ideas as to how to work the article so that I could stay true to myself while addressing the points the advisor had made. With Brooke as my coach, I was able to revise an otherwise dead article and send it back to her within just days. It was my first experience with her, and with it, I knew that I had found a mentor. Brooke has since helped me with various issues regarding the publishing of my debut novel as well as acted as an invaluable beta reader for my second book. Her encouragement and sincere direction are valuable tools she so generously shares with her writers and clients. Brooke is a professional editor who provides guidance and encouragement while maintaining the human connection. I have no doubt that her students will benefit greatly from her instruction and I look forward to taking her class in the future. ”

Hend Hegazi, Author of Normal Calm & Behind Picket FencesHend Hegazi, Author of Normal Calm & Behind Picket Fences