Mindy Nettifee & Brian S. Ellis: Moon School

OCT/NOV 2020

Explore New Writing & Editing Practices with Dr. Mindy Nettifee and Brian S. Ellis

“They try to make you think that it’s all normal, all boring. But it isn’t. It’s magic. It’s all magic. Everything is magic.”

Tank Girl

MOON SCHOOL is month-long generative writing workshop for writers at all levels.

Starting October 18

  • Sundays @ 4:00-5:30pm PT
  • Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8

Each week for four weeks, participants will meet with Dr. Mindy Nettifee and Brian S. Ellis to explore new writing and editing practices and discuss practical revolutionary perspectives on how poetry and performance can both reveal and shape the world.

The first two weeks, while the moon is on the wax, Mindy will focus on rituals of generation, from locating inspiration to tapping altered states of creative flow.

The second two weeks, as the moon wanes, Brian will focus on approaches to honing and editing that help crystallize poems into final form, ready to be shared both on the page or performed aloud.

Over the arc of the workshop we should see the full cycle of a poem from first spark in the creative dark to full madness and bloom. Take this workshop if you feel an impulse to—that’s future-you calling.


  • Weekly 90-minute live writing workshop with Q&A
  • Additional content emailed throughout the month
  • Somatic practices for safely entering and exiting altered states for creative flow
  • Meditations and prompts that enhance receptivity and open seams of writing gold
  • Vocal and sonic practice
  • Peer engagement and witnessing
  • Somatic editing and dangerous writing
  • Performance coaching and practice


To return to the deep well of experience 

To practice opening up said experience and expanding the amount of room given to the

To make thrilling personal connections and have an epiphany or two about what you’re trying to do in/with your writing

To tie the poem to the body and raise the level of sensuousness in the imaginal

To have a pleasant cry

To write lots of poems that could also be spells

Enrollment is Open Now
***Registration will stay open one week after the course begins for participants comfortable receiving the first session recorded.

***If you have to cancel after the course begins, you will not be refunded, but will be given credit toward a future course.

About the Instructors

Mindy Nettifee

Mindy Nettifee, PhD is an award-winning poet, storyteller, artist educator, and depth somatic practitioner. She is the author of three full-length collections of poems: Sleepyhead Assassins (Moon Tide Press), Rise of the Trust Fall (Write Bloody Press), and Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody Press) as well as a collection of essays on writing Glitter In The Blood – A Poet’s Manifesto for Better, Braver Writing (Write Bloody Press). She is a three time nominee for the Pushcart Prize, a Powell’s Books Indie Press Best Seller, and she co-edited the anthology Courage – Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (Write Bloody Press).

She has performed and taught in  hundreds of venues, colleges and universities across America and Europe, competed in five National Poetry Slams, opened for indie rock act the Cold War Kids, headlined national poetry tours The Last Nerve, The Whirlwind Company and The Poetry Revival, and was featured in the critically acclaimed poetry concert documentary The Drums Inside Your Chest. Her stories have been featured on The Moth podcast.

She holds a doctorate in Depth Psychology with a specialization Somatic Studies. Her doctoral research investigates the sensory capacities of the voice and the role they play in trauma healing and integration. She is a practicing Somatic Movement educator and practitioner, training in the trauma resolution modality Somatic Experiencing.

Brian S. Ellis

Author Brian S. Ellis has traveled to and through nearly every physical and mental state in America, breathing in the dusty experience and coughing up his unique perspective.

Ellis is a lyrical and authentic storyteller. He illuminates the forces at work in and around us, prompting us to audit our own choices. What and when become far more relevant in the context of how and why.

Ellis redefines the distance between here and there, between past and present, between them and you.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Weeks