Workshops

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FINDING YOUR MEMOIR
AUGUST 1-31, 2018

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 August 1-31, 2018 and enrollment is limited. 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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WRITING GREAT SEX SCENES
NOVEMBER 1-30, 2018

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 November 1-30, 2018 and enrollment is limited. 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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MAKE YOUR WRITING COME ALIVE
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 on learning to appeal to the various senses so that your writing is as vivid 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.

“Make Your Writing Come Alive” runs from March 1-31, 2019 and enrollment is limited. 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 “Make Your Writing Come Alive”