Consultant/Workshops

Editing and Consultation Services Available with award-winning poet/writer ire’ne lara silva

 Services available:

 *Copy-editing and editing for poetry and fiction, from 20-500 pages

*Manuscript consultation

*Research

*Writing Coach

*First Book Promotional Campaigns

*Texas Book Tours

 Personalized packages to fit each writer

Payment Plans Available

Email me at irenelarasilva@yahoo.com with details about your project, and let’s discuss rates.

Recent testimonials from clients:

ire’ne is a careful and conscientious reader. When she reviews work for critique, you can tell that she genuinely cares about the success of each poem and will give you detailed, honest, and valuable advice on how to achieve that success. –B.B.

ire’ne’s editorial expertise transformed my manuscript and helped push my poems into a strong, finished collection. She has a keen ability to identify key elements of style and voice and group central themes, and this helped me look at my manuscript with fresh eyes. Her honest and thoughtful approach makes it easier to hear the tough questions and accept the challenges she presents. ire’ne reached deep into my book and helped me declutter and polish, and I am thrilled with the end result. –L.H.

ire’ne provided a unique perspective and thorough feedback of my chapbook. I am confident that her suggestions brought me closer to finding a home for my chapbook. –E.K.

ire’ne’s openness with her advice, friendly criticism, and extensive comments on reading my stories has helped my tremendously in  my writing. –A. D.

In reading my manuscript, ire’ne brought a critical eye, a compassionate touch and daring suggestions that pushed me as a poet and as a person.  I am especially thankful to her for challenging me to feel and vocalize, rather than analyze, my way through a poem. Our interactions in person or in writing were a conversation, un dueto, between two poets but more importantly two people that learn from one another. It was a great privilege to work with a master of her craft that taught me how to better struggle with and endure the process of each poem.–L.A.

I am immensely grateful to ire’ne lara silva for the guidance and insights she offered me as I released my first book. New to the publishing world, I felt assured, affirmed, and apoyado with ire’ne’s kind, firm words and nudges and her unrelenting commitment to la palabra. I am excited to work alongside ire’ne again with the release of my second book this spring. –J.J.

ire’ne lara silva helped me establish a whole season of publicity that included touring various cities and doing a wonderful range of interviews for my first book of poetry. She interviewed me about my goals, set realistic expectations, gave me courage, and helped me meet my vision. Her genius is as simple and honest as an open flame, and it lit up a path for me to follow. She is inventive, capable, organized, and most importantly, she owns her work, so in taking me on, she worked me hard too. I highly recommend her services, and I’m jealous of anyone who gets the brilliant use of her time. My path as a writer is paved with stones of gratitude, and many of them have ire’ne’s name firmly etched into them. –N.T.

Workshops:

Current available workshops:

1) Caressing the Flame: Writing the Difficult…
Whether we’re writing from personal experience or on behalf of our characters going through difficult life experiences, it can be challenging to write poetry or prose that is alive, present, authentic, and risky. In this workshop, we’ll be trying several different approaches to really enter those places and find what we need there–for ourselves and our characters. Open to writers of all levels and genres.

2) Gritos: On Finding the Sources of Our Voices…
While gritos are most often associated with mariachi groups, el Grito de Dolores, or Mexican culture, we will be looking at gritos from another viewpoint—as a way of finding our own deepest personal voice, to ground the creative mind in our bodies, to root the voice in our hearts, and to both release and control emotion in the body and voice. There will be various visualization exercises, a lot of playing with physical stances, a great deal of sound-making experimentation, and a few short writing/art prompts to examine how we perceive our voices. No experience or familiarity with gritos is needed.

3) Feeding the Tiger: Writings on Sex…                                                                                                My current prose project has had me ruminating on the division between erotica and literary fiction with graphic depictions of sex. What I find necessary in my work is for the graphic sex to be essential to the plot or to the character’s journey. We will begin with writing prompts inspired by sexual deities from around the world, followed by writing prompts inspired by various art films or favorite novels. Our writing exercises will focus on finding the meaning and profundity of sex in writing.  Some recommended films for discussion: Secretary, Nymphomaniac Volume I, A L’Aventure, Concussion, I Am Happiness on Earth….*Absolutely no one under 18, and please be prepared for open discussion.

4.) On Diabetes…
Diabetes has had a huge impact on our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and our communities. While diabetes education classes and diabetes support groups exist in various places, there are few opportunities to approach diabetes and other chronic illnesses with our creative work. This workshop is an opportunity to creatively explore, discuss, and articulate our experiences with diabetes—whatever they may be. This workshop is open to writers, non-writers, artists, diabetics, and non-diabetics. We will share stories, try some guided writing/art prompts, and discuss strategies for addressing diabetes and other chronic illnesses in our lives and our creative work.

5.) On Fear…
We expend a lot of energy on pushing away or denying our fears. We let our fears eat at us or we swallow our fears down whole and suffer the consequences. Whether these fears are related to our health or safety, our families or our communities, our childhoods or our experiences, our fears often dominate our lives. This workshop is an opportunity to name our fears, to dialogue with them or confront them. Through various poems, guided writing/art prompts, and discussion, we will explore the immense creative potential that lies in our fears.

6) On Healing…
This workshop will focus on our experiences of illness, health, and healing; how our injuries, chronic illnesses, aging, and other traumas have impacted our identities; relapses and releasing shame related to our bodies and health; and finally, intentionally embracing our healing. Through various poems, guided writing/art prompts, and discussion, we will explore the ways in which artistic expression is healing in of itself as well as how to deliberately incorporate the subject of healing into our writing and artwork.

7) Two Exercises in Mapping the Literary Body
In this 2-hour workshop, we will explore the ties between our personal, community, and literary histories–using the body as a way to ‘map’ these experiences and their connections–through visual art and writing exercises. Art supplies will be provided. Open to writers of all experience levels.

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