Coaching & Classes

About Coaching & Classes

Coaching:

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.

Coaching costs $100 per hour, including preparation and meeting time. For more information, please click here or email me at colette@colettesartor.com.

Classes:

Click here for details about current classes.

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.


‪FAQs – Classes

What do classes cost?

An 8-week General Workshop costs $500 per student. A 2-hour seminar costs $80 per student. Prices of other workshops and seminars vary depending on length and/or subject matter.

How do I apply to and enroll in a workshop?

To apply to a workshop, please click on the enrollment button below the workshop description and fill out the enrollment form. You then will receive either an email stating the class is full or an email requesting a writing sample. The writing sample should be the no longer than the length stated in the workshop description below and must be properly formatted (typed Word document, double-spaced, 12 point, left justified, 1 inch margins, page numbered). Once I have reviewed your writing sample, I will email you about whether you have been accepted into the class. If you are accepted, this will be your enrollment confirmation email and will contain payment instructions.

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.

How do I enroll in a seminar?

To apply to a workshop, please click on the enrollment button below the workshop description and fill out the enrollment form. I will then send an enrollment confirmation email to confirm that space is still available and containing payment information.

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 seminar’s location and any readings for the seminar.

What is your payment policy?

Workshops require a $100 non-refundable enrollment fee, which is included in the course fee. Seminars require a $30 non-refundable enrollment fee, which is included in the course fee. To reserve your spot, you must pay for all workshops and seminars within 24 hours of receiving your enrollment notification email.

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. 

Where do classes meet?

Workshops and seminars are conveniently located in the SoRo area of West Los Angeles. Once you register for the class, I will email you the address.

What is your privacy policy?

 I am committed to respecting your privacy. I will never sell or rent your mailing address, email address, or any other data that can personally identify you in any way to an outside group. In order to pay online, you must first email me as set forth above. I will not share your email address with anyone. Once I confirm your enrollment as set forth above, you must pay for the class online by providing your credit card information. I do not store this information and will never share it with a third party.

What if I have other questions?

 Please feel free to contact me at colette@colettesartor.com.

Enrollment – Current Classes

PLEASE NOTE: Please review the FAQS above for instructions on how to apply to and enroll in classes. 

SPRING 2017


“Press Send: A Revision & Submission Workshop”

Class Schedule: The following nights at the following times:

Cost: $540

Location: SoRo area of West Los Angeles, exact location confirmed upon acceptance into workshop

Description: This intensive revision workshop meets 5 times over 8 weeks and is limited to 4 -5 students. It focuses on taking students through the process of revising a single short story (one that’s already well developed; no first drafts) and then submitting that story 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 will be given 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.

Manuscripts can be up to 6,000 words unless otherwise approved.

All students (returning and new) must submit a manuscript to be admitted to this workshop. Manuscripts submitted for admission purposes must be received by March 20th. If you are admitted to the workshop, you will receive an enrollment confirmation email and will have the option to submit a revised version of the manuscript, which must be received no later than March 23rd.

YOU CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP UNLESS YOU RECEIVE AN ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION EMAIL.

ENROLLMENT AND FINAL MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 23rd (unless otherwise approved).

Please review the FAQs above for instructions on how to submit a manuscript, as well as for enrollment and cancellation policies.

To start the enrollment process, please click the button below:

ENROLL - PRESS SEND

 

 


“The Art of Brevity: A Flash Fiction Workshop”

Schedule: 7 pm – 9 pm, Tuesday, March 28th – Tuesday, May 23rd (NO CLASS ON TUESDAY, APRIL 18th)

Cost: $500

LocationSoRo area of West Los Angeles, exact location confirmed upon acceptance into workshop

Description: This workshop meets 8 times and is limited to 6 students. In it, you will find the flash fictions within you—stories that can be told in 1,000 words or less—to help you learn to tell a compelling story that readers can’t put down. Each week, we will do writing exercises that launch you into the heart of conflict and discuss published work as well as your own to guide you to use the elements of fiction—characterization, point of view, plot, structure, dialogue, setting, and detail—to hone your stories to their highest potential. You will have the opportunity to read aloud works-in-progress and receive immediate feedback as well as to workshop more advanced flash fictions in a more formal setting. We will also discuss how to identify the best flash fiction publication markets for your work.

Required TextThe Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field, edited by Tara L. Masih

New students must submit a writing sample (no more than 1,000 words) to be admitted to this workshop. YOU CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS WORKSHOP UNLESS YOU RECEIVE AN ENROLLMENT CONFIRMATION EMAIL.

Please review the FAQs above for instructions on how to submit a manuscript as well as for enrollment and cancellation policies.

To start the enrollment process, please click the button below:

ENROLL - FLASH FICTION

 


Please review the FAQS above for instructions on how to apply to and enroll in classes. 


 


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