The «Jack Grapes’ Method Writing» in Ukraine is an American course on writing skills that has grown into a community of modern Ukrainian young authors. Today, «Method Writing» in Ukraine is presented by regular classes, five academic seasons every year, and more than two hundred permanent students from different parts of the world. This is a community that grows every year with members supporting each other, this is a creative team and international literary projects, this is public readings, and this is faith in the development of modern Ukrainian literature. Every day, no matter what, we are together and we do our best.
All our work and all our projects are aimed at the development and popularization of Ukrainian literature, reading, and art, and creating a positive image of Ukraine both for Ukrainians and in the world. Our students are people of completely different professions. They create collaborations and projects together. If you are looking for a cool specialist in a specific field, check our table, maybe there is a professional you need in our community.
«Jack Grapes' Method Writing» is an author's program for creative people that have been taught in English-speaking countries of the world for more than 50 years. In Ukraine, it has existed since 2019. In 2019 Natalie Skorykova brought «Jack Grapes' Method Writing» to Ukraine and adapted the course program in Ukrainian. In November 2019, Natalie conducted the first academic season of «Jack Grapes' Method Writing» in Ukrainian at the Yaroslav Mudryi National Library of Ukraine. Since 2020, we have been working with veterans for free, and since February 2022, we have been working with servicemen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
At the end of 2020, we founded the Publishing House ORLANDO, and published the calendar of modern visual poetry «БЕЗ МЕЖ | ABSENCE OF FIELD». Twice we organized public readings in the house-museum of T. H. Shevchenko and carried out the first online public readings.
In 2021, together with the Californian literary magazine ONTHEBUS, we launched the international literary and art project «WAR: Inside & Out» and created the public organization «New Ukrainian Voices», took part in the Lviv Forum of Publishers and became participants in the large educational event EdCamp Ukraine.
Also in 2021, Natalie adapted the «Method Writing» program for teenagers and took part in the project together with the «Terre des hommes» team and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for teenagers from Eastern Ukraine. The result of this work was the children's anthology «Thoughts on Paper». In February 2022, with the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the «Terre des hommes» team printed it and delivered it to schools in eastern Ukraine. This anthology is not just interesting; it is necessary and mandatory reading, especially for adults. You can read the anthology online here. Now several young authors of this program are writing their debut novels. Natalie continues to work with teenagers on her own initiative. She teaches them the full «Method» program, helps with the publication of works on Ukrainian literary resources, and has a dream of publishing their debut books.
In April 2022, in order to support Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we started a series of charity master classes/lectures. Each speaker independently determined for which needs to collect and to which organizations to transfer funds. The first lecturer was a literary critic, literary researcher, curator of art projects (WOW Ukraine, «Lesya Ukrainka: 150 Names», «Land: Incredible Ukraine»), TV and radio host, member of the Shevchenko Prize Awarding Committee, author of the book «The Price of an Issue» Evgeny Stasinevich. He gave two lectures: «How It's Made: Western Prose» and «What Do We Need: Ukrainian Prose».
In June, a master class «How it works: book marketing» was held. Lecturer Inna Bilonozhko is a book analyst, a specialist in digital innovations and strategic book marketing. Inna has master's degrees in finance (Kyiv) and international publishing business (London) and an international auditor's diploma. Now she works with British and Ukrainian publishing houses: she audits their work and advises on book promotion. She also teaches book marketing to publishers and runs the cynical_publisher Telegram channel about the world's largest book markets.
The students of «Method» also joined the initiative as lecturers:
Sonia Yurchenko is a philologist. She researches the Odesa text and the Odesa myth of the beginning of the 20th century. She is also a copywriter and the author of the novel «The White Rabbits». Sonia held a master class: «How I do it: analyzing texts according to the system of the Writer's Method».
Maryana Bozhko is the author of the novel with the working title «The Book I [Didn't] Write», psychologist, author, and host of the women's psychological game «20 Roads», and art therapist. Maryana held a master class: «How I do it: texts born from the paintings».
Artem Popyk is a serviceman of the Territorial Defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and a novice writer. His works are periodically published in various collections as a novelist and poet. Artem held a master class: «How I do it: texts born from music».
If you are interested in the topic of any master class and want to view it, contact us. For a charitable donation, we will send you a link with a record because the fundraising will continue until Victory. If you have suggestions for master classes that you want to hold, write to us, we are always open to the implementation of interesting and useful ideas.
In May 2022, we started a collaboration with the Creative Writing Institute of San Francisco. Already in June, the first online public reading «Write from the Gut» was held in English. Eighteen of our students read their works in English to an American audience. The recording of the readings is available on the website of the Institute and on our website. Currently, our collaboration with the Creative Writing Institute of San Francisco continues. For 2023, we are planning a second reading, which will take place at the base of the San Francisco National Library.
In 2022, another literary collaboration was born. «Method Writing» began cooperation with the online edition about culture and domestic tourism in Ukraine «Tyktor Media». The texts of our students are published every month in the «Fiction» section. You can read the literary magazine «Tyktor Media» here.
We are open to cooperation and the creation of new projects.
Currently, we are proud and grateful to our partners: Jack Grapes' Method Writing, EdCamp Ukraine, the international children's rights charity organization «Terre des hommes», the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the California literary magazine ONTHEBUS, the Creative Writing Institute of San Francisco, online edition about culture and domestic tourism in Ukraine «Tyktor Media».
If you have proposals for cooperation, contact us.
We are young and ambitious. We work hard, and we study every day. We create new projects and prepare for publishing the books born during the study of our students. We overcome obstacles, support each other, and believe in the Victory of Ukraine.