Creative Writing Workshops

I teach online creative writing courses for WOW! Women on Writing, an ezine promoting the communication between women writers, authors, editors, agents, publishers, and readers. No prior writing experience is necessary in order to enroll, just an interest in exploring and learning the craft.


Naomi’s class is one of the most inspiring classes I’ve ever taken! I’ve never been a flowery writer, and often focused more on meaning, rather than sentence structure and word choice. Writing a lyric essay is something I’ve always dreamed of, but I didn’t really understand the concept until I took her class, “Music, Truth, and the Towns Inside Us: A Cross-Genre Exploratory Workshop.” It literally changed my life! I now understand how to edit sentences and words down to syllables and consonants to make my prose sing. She created a vibrant learning atmosphere, full of rooms, prompts, videos, and discussion. Angela M. (previous WOW class participant)

Many thanks to Naomi Kimbell for dreaming up the “Music, Truth, and the Towns Inside Us” class I just took. I loved it…Naomi not only knows how to write, but also how to guide. I felt like she provided a safe space to experiment and submit my work for review and comments. She was prepared and available throughout the course. I would absolutely take more classes with Naomi. ~ Victoria M. (previous WOW class participant)

Naomi brings an incredible depth of living with her whole heart and mind to her work and teaching. Her passion, curiosity and extensive knowledge of the craft of writing is inspiring…[She] has a gift for encouraging people to express their unique voice. She listens and communicates with keen intelligence and deep compassion. I appreciate the way she weaves together her sense of humor, new perspectives, great questions and her practical and diligent work ethic. Naomi is an engaging and motivating teacher. ~ Youpa S. (previous workshop participant)

Current Classes

Music, Truth, and the Towns Inside Us: A Cross-genre Exploratory Workshop 

Starts April 29, 2019

This class is a cross-genre workshop inspired by Richard Hugo’s book on writing, The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing, which will guide the course content. Students will engage in experimental writing using a variety of prompts, as well as work with writing they’ve already written, applying the principles in the book. This is a multi-media class that includes music and film.

Speculative Memoir: Can Untruths Set You Free?

Starts May 6, 2019

This class will explore the use of fairy tales, myths, fables, science fiction, fantasy, and other genres to muddy the waters between fact and fiction in order to write personal experience in new and revealing ways. We will read and discuss Monster Portraits, by Sofia Samatar, a speculative memoir. Students will also experiment in creating their own speculative nonfiction narratives and submit them to the classroom discussion forum for feedback.

Shape-shifting the Essay: Learn to Write Using Borrowed Form

Starts June 3, 2019

This class focuses exclusively on borrowed form (or hermit crab) essays. Participants will engage in a close reading of examples of borrowed form  and choose one borrowed form to use to write their own essay. 

Long Form Creative Nonfiction: Personal Essays and Memoirs in 2000-4000 Words (An MFA-style Workshop)

Next session starts September 9, 2019

This 8-week online workshop is a rigorous class focusing on the development and polishing of one piece of creative nonfiction of up to 4000 words. Craft discussions, readings, and thoughtful and detailed critique will be conducted in an online MFA-style workshop.