During coaching sessions, I help individual students hone manuscripts to their maximum potential. I work with students on all types of manuscripts, including novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and other nonfiction projects. Coaching includes line editing and extensive margin comments as well as one-on-one meetings (in person, by phone, or by video chat) to discuss revision strategies and brainstorm ideas for current and future projects. I also work with students to develop a consistent writing schedule and to set firm yet realistic deadlines for manuscript completion.
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Workshops: The goal of my workshops is to help writers discover why they write and what inspires them in a supportive, enthusiastic environment. General Workshops are 8 eight classes and limited to 6 students or fewer unless otherwise specified in Enrollment, below. Each class includes inventive writing exercises to help generate new story ideas and rigorous manuscript critiques (both oral and written) that examine characterization and craft issues (e.g., voice, point of view, structure, plot, setting, detail, theme). In General Workshops, students will have the opportunity to workshop 2 manuscripts, which can be novel excerpts, short stories, memoir excerpts, personal essays, or other creative nonfiction. Specialized workshops will state the number of class meetings and as well as the number of manuscripts students will workshop in the description listed in Enrollment, below.
Seminars: Seminars address craft topics such as character, point of view and voice, plot and structure, setting and detail, and storymapping. Seminars generally are 2 hours long and limited to 10 students. Each seminar explores a specific craft topic through an examination of published works that includes both lecture and discussion. The objective of seminars is for students to leave with a deeper understanding of how to effectively employ a particular aspect of craft in their own work.
Once you receive your enrollment confirmation email, you must enroll in the workshop by paying within 2 days of the date of the enrollment confirmation email in order to reserve your spot.
After I have received your payment, I will email you about the class location, workshop policies (e.g., manuscript requirements, submissions, critiquing guidelines), and any first assignment.
Once you receive your enrollment confirmation email, you must enroll in the seminar by paying within 2 days of the date of the enrollment confirmation email in order to reserve your spot.
After I have received your payment, I will email you about the seminar’s location and any readings for the seminar.
After you enroll in a workshop or seminar, you have up to 5 days before the start date to drop it and receive a refund (minus the enrollment fee). After the 5-day grace period, you will not be eligible for a refund, no matter how many meetings you attend.
Students who pay by check are responsible for any fees incurred for returned checks.
Description: This intensive revision and submission workshop puts you on the path to publication. The workshop meets 5 times over 10 weeks and is limited to 4 -5 students. It focuses on taking students through the process of revising a single story or essay (one that’s already extremely well developed; no first or second drafts) and then submitting that story or essay for publication.
Students tackle specific revision tasks during the first 4 classes and receive comprehensive written and oral input on their revised drafts. Students also receive intensive guidance about how to target ideal journals for their manuscripts during discussions about submission markets and strategies. During the last class, students electronically submit their final stories to at least 4 literary magazines.
Section 1 Class Schedule (subject to change): The following nights at the following times:
Section 2 Class Schedule (subject to change): The following nights at the following times:
Location: SoRo area of West Los Angeles, exact location confirmed upon acceptance into workshop
Admission and Enrollment:
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