Workshops & Special Projects

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SPECIAL PROJECTS

Do you have a novel, short story, essay, or memoir either in progress or finished?
If you’d like to work on this project with me, you don’t have to enroll in one of the themed workshops.
Just email me via this contact link.
We’ll discuss your project and make suitable arrangements for working together.

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IS YOUR WRITING VIVID & DYNAMIC?
MARCH 1-31, 2019

No matter what genre you’re working in, you want your book to grab readers and not let them go. You want it to be so memorable that they recommend it to friends and family, and think about it long after the book is closed.

A good story and intriguing characters aren’t enough. The key is making your readers feel like they’re right there in each and every scene.

The focus of this workshop will be learning to appeal to all the senses so that your writing is as vivid and dramatic as possible. You’ll do weekly exercises and examine masters of evocative, dramatic writing as models for your own writing. I’ll work with each workshop participant individually via email. You’ll send me your writing as a Microsoft Word file attached to your email; I’ll edit and comment on what you send and return it to you. Before the workshop begins, we’ll speak on the phone about your goals for the workshop.

“Is Your Writing Vivid & Dynamic?” runs from March 1-March 31, 2019 and enrollment is limited to ten participants. To enroll you need to register and pay the workshop fee of $250. Fees are not refundable, but you can apply them to a future workshop if you’re unable to participate after registering.

Please note: You must be 18 or over to register for this workshop.

Register for “Is Your Writing Vivid & Dynamic?”

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WRITING GREAT SEX SCENES
MAY 1-31, 2019

Bad sex writing is so widespread among writers that there’s an award for the worst examples of the year. Even acclaimed authors can find themselves singled out for the prize. “Writing Great Sex Scenes” will help you explore the pitfalls of writing about sex by studying a variety of scenes, both good and bad.

You’ll have weekly lessons and writing exercises whose goal is producing a scene you can be proud of. I’ll work with each participant individually via email. You’ll send me your writing as a Microsoft Word file attached to your email which I will edit and comment on, and return to you. Before the workshop begins, we’ll speak on the phone about your goals for the workshop.

I’ve taught numerous workshops about how to avoid the traps in writing about sex in your fiction, and the Los Angeles Times praised one of my books by saying “The sex scenes sweat with passion.”

“Writing Great Sex Scenes” runs from May 1-31, 2019 and enrollment is limited to ten participants. To enroll you need to register and pay the workshop fee of $250. Fees are not refundable, but you can apply them to a future workshop if you find you’re unable to participate after registering.

Please note: You must be 18 or over to register for this workshop.

Register for “Writing Great Sex Scenes”

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FINDING YOUR MEMOIR
JULY 1-31, 2019

Each of us has many stories to tell. Memoir offers you the chance to deepen and share those stories, focusing on a specific time in your life or a particular theme that organizes your experience.

One of the most exciting aspects of writing a memoir is deciding where and how your unique story begins. That’ll be the focus of “Finding Your Memoir.” Together, we’ll engage in guided weekly writing exercises and you’ll end the workshop with a piece that can become the doorway to your larger project. I’ll work with each workshop participant individually via email.  You’ll send me your writing as a Microsoft Word file attached to your email; I’ll edit and comment on what you send and return it to you. Before the workshop begins, we’ll speak on the phone about your goals for the workshop.

I’ve published three books of memoirs. The best known is My Germany, which explores what Germany, real and imagined, has meant to me as a writer who’s the son of Holocaust survivors.

“Finding Your Memoir” runs from July 1-31, 2019 and enrollment is limited to ten participants. To enroll you need to register and pay the workshop fee of $250. Fees are not refundable, but you can apply them to a future workshop if you’re unable to participate after registering.

Please note: You must be 18 or over to register for this workshop.

Register for “Finding Your Memoir”

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MINING YOUR MEMORIES
An Advanced Workshop
OCTOBER 1-31, 2019

Did you take my “Finding Your Memoir” writing workshop and now you want to carry forward the work you started? Do you want to develop something new? Have you begun a book-length memoir, finished one, or taken memoir workshops elsewhere? Then this advanced, intensive workshop is for you. Over the course of the month I’ll mentor you with your new work or your work-in-progress to make sure that it’s focused, vivid, and compelling. If you’re not grabbing your readers quickly and sustaining their interest, then you’re likely to lose them since there’s just so much competition for their attention. I will do it all with you, from analyzing content, structure, and style down to proofing and copy editing, so that you’re well on your way to producing something polished and unforgettable.

I’ll work with each workshop participant individually via email. You’ll send me your writing as a Microsoft Word file attached to your email; I’ll comment using Track Changes on what you send, as well as do close editing and return it to you. Before the workshop begins, we’ll speak on the phone about your goals for the workshop.

I’ve published three books of memoirs. The best known is My Germany, which explores what Germany, real and imagined, has meant to me as a writer as the son of Holocaust survivors. I toured with the book twice all across Germany as well as in the U.S. and Canada, doing over fifty talks and readings, some of them in German.

“Mining Your Memories” runs from October 1-31, 2019 and enrollment is limited to ten participants. To enroll you need to register and pay the workshop fee of $250. Fees are not refundable, but you can apply them to a future workshop if you’re unable to participate after registering.

Please note: You must be 18 or over to register for this workshop.

Register for “Mining Your Memories”

Click here to read descriptions of previous workshops.