Subscribe for Saturday morning writing prompts

January 3rd, 2015 by Ariel

Wake up and write! Now you can subscribe to Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers and get weekly writing prompts. You’ll get a new writing assignment / writing prompt emailed to you every Saturday morning. Easy and affordable way to keep your writing practice fresh. $5 a month. Cancel any time.

The End of Eve wins New Mexico – Arizona Book Award

November 22nd, 2014 by Ariel

Ariel Gore’s darkly comic memoir, The End of Eve, just won a 2014 New Mexico – Arizona book award. You can get a signed copy right here. $16.95. FREE SHIPPING.

“It turns out that both life and art are balancing acts. In one as in the other, Gore seems to be saying that even as we acknowledge past traumas, we cannot let those wounds dictate our actions in the present. The End of Eve is a product of bravery, love, and hard-won wisdom. In sharing it, Ariel Gore invites her reader to bask in the light she has found.” –Los Angeles Review of Books

Upcoming writing classes

November 14th, 2014 by Ariel


I was at a loss after finishing my MFA program… But after eight years of infrequent publishing and no time to write, I found an alternative that works for me. Three years ago, I hooked up with Ariel Gore’s online Literary Kitchen workshops and finally found a group that was the right fit for me: writers not full of privilege (and themselves) who offer honest criticism and support at the same time, and whose work I truly enjoy reading. And that infrequent publishing? It’s not so infrequent anymore.

—Margaret Garcia, Poets & Writers

(December 19 – January 1 WINTER BREAK INTENSIVE is currently full. Sign up for January while there’s space!)



12 assignments in 14 days

Taught by Ariel Gore


January 1 – January 14


You asked for it: Start the new year writing! You’ll get 12 assignment in 14 days January 1st – 14th. Ride the energy of the new year with pure creativity. You’ll generate lots of new material quickly & be ready for an amazingly productive 2015.

Class size is super limited, so please sign up early.

The intensive costs $156. You can pay right here:



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January – March Lit Star Training class is currently full. Class starts January 17.

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Spring ’15 Lit Star Training

The Original Literary Kitchen Online Writing Workshop

Taught by Ariel Gore

March 28 – May 24

A new session of Lit Star Training — the 8-week+ writing course taught by Ariel Gore — starts March 28. Writers in Lit Star Training spend at least a few hours each week on their writing and online critiques. You can log in any time of the day or night. Writers in the group are new and seasoned, wanting to work on memoir or fiction. The class works as well for those writing to weekly assignments (with no big projects in mind) and for people who are starting or working on existing book projects.

The class is $295 — a $95 deposit will hold your spot. You can pay the deposit right here:


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Back by Popular Demand

13-Week Online Workshop for Writers Working on Book-Length Projects

Taught by Ariel Gore

June 1 – August 30, 2015

Summer is the perfect time of year to write & workshop your book project. You’ll spend the 13 weeks coming up with a solid draft of at least half of your book–or polishing a full draft you’ve already got. Writers should have a good idea of the manuscript they want to work on and at least 40 rough pages towards their book-drafts when the class starts. Writers with more completed drafts are welcome, too.

The 13-week workshop costs $555. A $140 deposit saves your spot.

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Ariel Gore is a fabulous workshop facilitator; I’ve been taking classes from her since 2001. In each of the workshops, she brings together a diverse group of writers with varying degrees of competency; and, whether the writer is seasoned or a beginner, she understands exactly where each person is coming from and she meets them there. Not only did I find my unique voice, I learned how to be a thoughtful listener and how to provide insightful critique. I would recommend her workshops to anyone interested in memoir and the art of a good story.

—Lani Jo Leigh


Ariel’s workshops jump-started my psyche. I’m back into looking at the world as a writer instead of as a would-be writer. I have her to thank for that. Workshops are almost at your own pace. Always encouraging. She has a knack for assembling a great group of writers together every time.

—Margaret Elysia Garcia


Ariel Gore’s writing workshop pushed me past the borders of my creativity and into an exciting unknown place of writing within myself. If you’ve ever put to pen to paper and wondered what you were really capable of Ariel’s workshop will take you there.

—Gabrielle Rivera


I thoroughly enjoy Ariel’s workshops. Writers from a variety of backgrounds gather together, bringing in work with all kinds of themes, and as each piece is workshopped, Ariel’s ear for the crucial aspects of great storytelling kicks right in. Her feedback is thoughtful, insightful, precise, and multilayered.

—Bonnie Ditlevsen


When I started writing with Ariel, I had zero idea how to write for audience. In work shopping with her, I have found my voice and with practice have found different ways to formulate story. I have learned how to incorporate dialogue and am so much more confident with my work. I recommend this workshop to all aspiring, practicing, and practiced writers.

—Krystee Sidwell


Oakland Queer: Call for Submissions

August 16th, 2014 by Ariel







Oakland Queer: An Anthology edited by Ariel Gore


Call for submissions


In the tradition of the LAMBDA Award-winning anthology Portland Queer: Tales Of The Rose City, emerges a new anthology to celebrate queer Oakland. We’re seeking character-driven, first person queer narratives set in Oakland, California.


Stories may be fiction or memoir or hybrid, set in any decade, but should have a clear Oakland connection — neighborhood-centric stories especially appreciated – growing up in Oakland, adventures in queer Oakland, moving to Oakland, raising kids in Oakland, work, art, falling in and out of love, finding and losing home, punk houses, band shows, regular urban life. What is your Oakland queer story?


Submission Deadline February 1, 2015


Please send submissions to or to:

Ariel Gore / Hip Mama

P.O. Box 3555

Berkeley, CA, 94703



Fall and winter writing classes

July 15th, 2014 by Ariel

All of Ariel’s fall online creative writing classes & the winter break intensive are open for registration right here:

If you have questions, please email arielgoremedia at gmail.

Tiny House For Sale

May 25th, 2014 by Ariel

The  tiny house is on its way to its new home in Madison, Wisconsin. I miss it so!


More pictures right here.

Beautiful cedar-chingled home on 24-foot-trailer

Hip Mama Cover Censored

April 23rd, 2014 by Ariel











Issue #55 of Hip Mama magazine was on the verge of going to press when editor/publisher, Ariel Gore, posted the issue’s cover to her Facebook page. It pictures a woman in partial superhero costume breastfeeding her child and the tag line “No Supermoms Here.”

Social media users cheered the stunning self-portrait by Barcelona-based artist Ana Alvarez-Erreclade. The cover, designed by Hip Mama art director Maia Swift, was shared over a hundred times in less than 24 hours. But when some vendors got wind of the planned cover, they said they wouldn’t carry the image on their newsstands. Facebook censors soon joined in and began pulling the image from timelines. Complaints ranged from “nudity” to “open breastfeeding” to concerns about the age of the breastfeeding child (he’s four).

Photographer and subject Ana Alvarez-Erreclade suggested adding a red censorship dot to the cover, ironically drawing even more attention to the offending breasts.

Editor/publisher Ariel Gore refused to pull the cover or add the censor dot to all editions of the magazine, but contributors and editors agreed that a separate “newsstand edition” with the dot was better than suppression of the issue.

At press time, we have no idea whether vendors will carry the “newsstand edition” of Hip Mama.

In the updated issue of Hip Mama, Ana Alvarez-Errecalde responds to the controversy saying, in part, “Violence towards women begins with the repression of sexuality, the appropriation of childbirth, the interference with all vital cycles and the creation of manipulative roles. A negated mother will also negate her body and her presence to her children, so they will all ultimately conform to our unattended, unloved, and unnourished society.”

As Ana points out in the updated interview, right now this is about an image of an artist breastfeeding on the cover of a magazine, but moms face this everyday when we try to feed our children in restaurants or on airplanes or in other public places–we are asked to go into seclusion to feed our kids. This, while truly offensive sexist images are in our face daily in the name of “sex sells” and deeply disturbing and exploitative images of violence go unchecked in news media, marketing campaigns, and on social media.

To support Hip Mama and the uncensored artistic image we chose for the cover, subscribe to the magazine or order a single uncensored copy online:

The magazine will be released on Mother’s Day.

SUBSCRIBE – $20 for 4 issues beginning with the UNCENSORED Spidey Mama Mother’s Day issue


Portland Writing Intensive in May

April 6th, 2014 by Ariel

Portland Writing Intensive with Ariel Gore

Ariel is teaching her first in-person workshop in ages… and it’s in Portland, Oregon…

May 18 – 21, 4 to 7 pm

Four afternoons of inspiration, writing, feedback, food.
We feed you a light dinner so you don’t have to think about anything but your words.
Location to be revealed.
Class size strictly limited, so please sign up early.

The End of Eve

February 24th, 2014 by Ariel

My new memoir is out March 1 from Hawthorne Books. I hope you like it.

So many events! See you soon!

January 18th, 2014 by Ariel