20-week Manuscript Generator: a generative class open to novelists, memoirists, and writers working on story and essay collections – begins week of 1.14.19
In this generative workshop, students have the opportunity to hand in chapters (up to 20 pages max) every other week, and receive feedback from the instructor on these pages. The workshop is open to writers who have completed one or more chapters of a novel or memoir, as well as writers working on short story and/or essay collections. Writers participating in this course will learn how to recognize the successful techniques in their writing – what engages the reader, and how that success is achieved. Carefully planned lessons and online discussions will focus on analyzing the many choices (point-of-view, tone, characterizing details, pacing, etc.) a writer must make concerning structure, character and language. This course is intended for writers who have some experience writing and workshopping.
There is one video meet-up so students and instructor can introduce themselves but it is not mandatory.
Begins: Week of January 14, 2019
Instructor: Heather Aimee O’Neill
Heather Aimee O’Neill has worked with hundreds of writers in Sackett Street’s popular Manuscript Intensive Workshop (online and in Brooklyn). A novelist, essayist and poet, her most recent collection of poetry, Obliterations, is co-authored with Jessica Piazza and forthcoming by Red Hen Press. A recent Lambda Literary Poetry Fellow, her poetry chapbook, Memory Future, won the University of Southern California’s Gold Line Press Award, chosen by judge Carol Muske-Dukes. She is a freelance writer for publications such as Time Out New York, Parents Magazine and Salon.com.
6-wk Creative Nonfiction: Truth & Storytelling – begins wk of 1.7.19
Interested in the art of true storytelling? Come hone your craft among a select group of your fellow memoirists, essayists, and feature writers. Sackett Online’s Creative Nonfiction: Truth and Storytelling explores nonfiction storytelling in all its myriad forms with a focus on helping each participant identify their strengths and master their challenges. Come join us and find out what distinguishes a blog post from a polished piece, how to shape your work to suit a particular market, and the do and don’ts of pitching stories for publication.
Instructor: Elizabeth L. Silver
Begins: January 7, 2019
Elizabeth L. Silver is the author of the memoir, The Tincture of Time: A Memoir of (Medical) Uncertainty (Penguin Press, 2017) and the critically acclaimed novel, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton (Crown, 2013), which was the Amazon Best Debut of the Month, an Amazon Best Book of the Year, Kirkus Best Book of the Summer, and published in seven languages. Elizabeth’s writing has appeared in The Washington Post, McSweeney’s, Lenny Letter, New York Magazine, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Review, The Millions, The Dallas Morning News, among others, and she has been awarded residencies at Ragdale, Ucross Foundation, Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, A Room of Her Own Foundation, and the British Centre for Literary Translation. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, the MA program in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in England, and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Elizabeth lives with her family in Los Angeles.
6-wk Writing for Young Adult & Middle Grade – begins wk of 1.14.19
Start, finish, or polish your YA or MG novel in this supportive, proactive workshop. Brief lectures, tailored to students’ needs and interests, cover topics such as character development, voice and tone, plot, world-building, dialogue, romance, pacing, scene structure, querying agents, the business of publishing, and time management for writers. Students will have three opportunities to workshop their novel with the class (12 pages each) and receive written feedback from the instructor and fellow students. This course is intended for students with some writing experience. All YA or MG genres are welcome.
Begins: week of January 14, 2019
6-week Fiction Writing Workshop – begins week of 1.14.19
Our Fiction Workshop is aimed at writers with a regular practice, those who have mastered the essentials and are looking for a community of peers ready to offer insightful, impartial feedback on works in progress. Whether you’re a writer looking to polish work for publication, looking for a fresh perspective, looking to climb the next hurdle, or simply missing the motivation and comradery only workshop can offer, our Fiction Workshop is designed to get you writing. Come geek out with your fellow lit nerds and walk away with a renewed sense of purpose.
Dates: Begins week of January 14, 2019
6-week Writing Sprints: A Generative Class (open to fiction & nonfiction writers of all levels) – begins wk of 1.14.19
In creative writing workshops, we study structure and craft–but how do we learn to fill our structures with compelling substance; how do we learn to apply our craft to subject matters that matter, to the stories that are ours? In this class, we’ll explore these questions with an eye toward discovering our own obsessions and finding those stories only we can tell.
Begins: week of January 14, 2019