Getting Good at Rejection: Masterclass with Elissa Bassist

Memoirist and humour writer Elissa Bassist returns to help us reframe rejection as a dark teacher that makes us better writers

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Sunday, Aug. 20, 2023
3pm–5pm EST (12pm–2pm Pacific)

To be a writer is to have chosen a career about rejection. And though it can be brutal, rejection is also a blessing, a dark teacher, a requirement, and nothing personal. In this two-hour live and recorded masterclass, Elissa will reframe and normalize rejection to better understand how it serves us. She’ll cover the easiest ways to avoid rejection; how to use rejection as feedback and fuel; and how to reduce rejection hangovers and work faster through setbacks. Bottom line: Getting good at rejection is the secret to success, both professionally and romantically. Look forward to a lecture/sermon, handouts, pep-talks, and a lot of crying — but also reaching the understanding that, in the words of comedian-turned-Dancing With the Stars contestant Kel Mitchell, “A setback just gets you ready for your comeback.”


$65 🇨🇦| ~$48 🇺🇸(plus 5% sales tax)


Live 2-hr lesson (with break) with Q&A, handouts, writing exercises and a password to re-watch the webinar anytime you want.


After checkout, you’ll receive a receipt with a link to download your tickets, which will include Zoom passcodes and additional webinar information. You will also receive an emailed reminder a few days before the event.


This webinar is designed for live participation but a recording of the webinar will be provided to all registrants to stream if they’re unable to attend in full or wish to view it again. Closed captioning is also available for both live and recorded video, however, it’s auto-generated and subject to error.


Elissa Bassist is the editor of the “Funny Women” column on The Rumpus and the author of the award-deserving memoir Hysterical. As a founding contributor to The Rumpus, she’s written cultural and personal criticism since the website launched in 2009. Currently, Elissa teaches many forms of humour writing in person and online at The New School, 92NY, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, Pandemic University, and elsewhere, and she is probably her therapist’s favourite.

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