Come join me on my (virtual) porch this summer for The Summer Sessions! All my three-hour workshops are now taught via Zoom and designed for writers of any and all experience. No preparation required. Each workshop is intensive, exhilarating, and fun. Consider them a recharge for your creative spirit. I regularly update my class offerings, and I’d also be happy to design one specifically for your group.
All workshops are limited to nine participants. To register for one or more, please email me.
NOTE: I welcome ALL writers and respect everyone’s individual financial circumstances. Sometimes, when under duress, it’s even more important to feed your creative soul. Hence, my classes are pay-as-you’re-able (no questions asked), from $0 to a maximum of $75. Payment can be made via Venmo to Alison-McGhee-1, or via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by personal check. To register for one or more, please email me.
THE SUMMER SESSIONS
A Novel Idea: Ways to Coax that Book Into Reality
Date and Time: Saturday, August 22, 10-1 CST
Is there a book within you that wants to be written? Stories that want to be told? Do ideas and an urge to write them out come to you at work, while walking the dog, cooking dinner, folding laundry, and in dreams? Are you frustrated because you don’t know how to begin, or how to keep going once you’ve begun? Welcome to this workshop, drawn from my own experience as a novelist, in which every single book presents its own specific building-block challenges.
Through a series of in-class prompts, discussion of creative process –both general and specific to you– and intuitive and practical analysis, we’ll come up with an individual book-writing practice plan for each participant. Note: This class will be helpful for anyone who wants to write a book, regardless of genre or subject matter.
Bonus: Weekly writing prompts will be emailed to you for one month following the end of class.
Haiku for You
Send me a photo, and I will write a haiku just for you. I’ll mail it to you, signed and handwritten on a sheet of cardstock, either centered on the page or at the bottom, your choice. Editions are limited to 1/1. This is a perfect gift for birthdays, anniversaries, or holidays. All proceeds from Haiku for You are donated to Life and Hope Haiti, a school I help to support.
Manuscript Critique Services
Sometimes, if I have time, I enjoy working one on one with serious writers who are looking for a careful, devoted reading and critique of their manuscripts. Over the years I’ve been a writer and a teacher of writing, I’ve worked in and with many different forms, including novels (adult, young adult and children’s), memoirs, short story collections, essay collections and general nonfiction.
Critique service includes the following for manuscripts between 30,000-60,000 words:
- An initial careful reading.
2. A second careful reading, including line-editing, margin notes and copy-editing throughout.
3. A detailed critique letter, including overall comments and specific suggestions for revision.
4. A one-hour follow-up consultation, either in person, over the phone, via Skype, or via email (your choice), plus follow-up questions.
$3000, payable via Venmo, Paypal or personal check.
For more information, please email me at email@example.com