Chloe Caldwel 12-month mentorship 


12 Months To A Full Memoir: A Generative Workshop with Chloe Caldwell

First Page To Final Page: Write Your Memoir In A Year

35 sessions

Tuesdays 6:00—8:30pm ET

The thing that’s missing from writing a book in solitude is accountability and community. In this year-long course (with breaks), students will be able to find the support and encouragement they need to make it from that first page to the last. A

In this 12-month First Book Generator Workshop, writers will complete a full manuscript while working alongside their peers and receiving feedback and guidance from Chloe. The course will be split into three sections:

1. Readings, lectures, exercises, and guest speakers  (20 sessions: January 24th — June 6th 2023)

The first section of the course will consist of craft lectures and readings of first memoirs by writers such as Michelle Tea, Samantha Irby, and more TBA. This part will focus on how established writers launched their careers. Guest authors like Isaac Fitzgerald and Chelsea Martin will join the class to talk about their work Throughout this section, writers will also complete craft exercises intended to aid in their memoir writing process. Writers will have an opportunity to share new passages–should they wish–every time the class meets. Each student will have two individual meetings with Chloe.

2. Peer Workshops (10 sessions: September 5th —November 7th, 2023)

During the workshop phase, each student will receive two peer workshops of their manuscript using the Critical Response Process and will meet with the instructor individually twice to discuss their work-in-progress.

3. The Literary World (5 sessions: November 21 — December 19th) Marketplace and submitting (December 5th — January 23rd, 2024)

The final two months of the course will be devoted to professionalization. Agents, editors, and published authors will join the class to talk about their experiences in the literary world. This will be an opportunity for writers to speak openly about their expectations and aims for their careers with established literary professionals. Each student will meet once more with Chloe to create concrete goals and recommendations tailored uniquely for them.

While this course cannot guarantee publication of your manuscript, all writers should leave the course with a completed first novel draft and a greater understanding of how to build a literary career.

What you will receive:

  • 120 hours of instruction
  • Access to ask questions to guest authors, editors, and agents
  • Peer and Instructor feedback
  • Five 45 minute 1:1 sessions with Chloe
  • Writing tools which will last a lifetime
  • Exercises and readings
  • New friends and community
  • A sense of accomplishment and pride that comes with finishing a book

Learn more and apply now!


Writing Workshops Hawaii 2023 

Applications for our January 2023 Hawaii workshops close on October 10th, 2022.  

2023 Workshop Dates:  

Writing Workshops Hawaii returns for another year to bring together fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four days of workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth discussions on the craft and business of writing. With two sessions to choose from, our program is intentionally small and will take place among towering evergreens and fragrant ocean breezes along Hawaii Island's North Kohala coast.

Each fiction and nonfiction workshop will have no more than 9 participants each. All writers will submit two completed pieces of writing. One submission will be workshopped by your cohort and instructor and a second piece will be submitted for your one-on-one meeting with your workshop leader. Daily craft talks are open to all participants and led by program staff or  faculty.


Session I Faculty 

Session I: January 15 - 20, 2023  

Faculty Includes:

-Man Booker Prize-longlisted novelist Virginia Reeves | Fiction Instructor

-Paris Review columnist Jill Talbot | Nonfiction Instructor


Session II Faculty 

Session II: January 22 - 27, 2023   

Faculty Includes

-Best-Selling Simon & Schuster Novelist Ying Compestine | Fiction Instructor

-Trident Media Group Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb | Nonfiction Instructor

What will my application include?

  • Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications. (250 words  max)
  • Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Hawaii. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choos to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt in fiction or nonfiction. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required; excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max).

Writing Workshops Hawaii is open to 18 writers for each session (9 Fiction, 9 Nonfiction). We look forward to reading your work!

Sincerely,

Blake Kimzey, WritingWorkshops.com

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For full details, please visit our 2023 Hawaii Program webpage. Apply by October 10th, 2022. 


Writing Workshops Dublin 

Applications for our April 2023 Dublin workshops with Stewart O'Nan and Diana Spechler close on October 15th, 2022.  

2023 Workshop Dates: April 23 - 28, 2023

Writing Workshops Dublin with Stewart O'Nan and Diana Spechler brings  together fiction and nonfiction writers for an intensive four days of  workshops, craft seminars, one-on-one conferences, and in-depth  discussions on the craft and business of writing. Our program is  intentionally small and will take place in the heart of literary Dublin.

Faculty Includes:


Dublin Workshop Faculty 2023 

Fiction Instructor Stewart O’Nan was born and raised and lives in Pittsburgh. He’s the author of twenty books, including the novels Snow Angels, A Prayer for the Dying, Last Night at the Lobster, and Emily, Alone, as well as the nonfiction bestsellers The Circus Fire and (with Stephen King) Faithful.

Nonfiction Instructor Diana Spechler is the author of the novels Who By Fire and Skinny (both Harper Perennial), and of the New York Times Opinion series Going Off. She has written for The Guardian, GQ, Washington Post, Esquire, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Electric Literature, New York, Paris Review Daily, The Wall Street Journal, Glimmer Train Stories, Texas Monthly, The Southern Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Harper’s, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Boston Globe, National Geographic Traveler, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House Open Bar, BBC Travel, Saveur, Bon Appetit, Ploughshares, and many other publications. Her work has been included in a number of anthologies, including Indelible In The Hippocampus (McSweeney’s, 2019). Spechler is also an eight-time Moth StorySLAM winner and has been featured on The Moth Radio Hour, The Moth podcast, and NPR. Her awards and honors include the Stella Kupferberg  Memorial Short Story Prize, the Orlando Nonfiction Prize from A Room of  Her Own Foundation, a Yaddo residency, a Hawthornden Castle residency, a  Steinbeck Fellowship at San Jose State University, the  writer-in-residence position at Portsmouth Abbey School, a LABA Fellowship, a  fellowship from the Sozopol Fiction Seminars in Bulgaria, a Visiting  Artist residency at The Betsy Hotel, and a Willapa Bay AiR residency.  Her fiction has been featured on Selected Shorts and her nonfiction was a Best American Essays Notable selection. She teaches writing in the MFA program at Cedar Crest College.


What will my application include?

  • Brief bio informing us of your involvement in the writing and literary community, as well as any prior or forthcoming publications. (250 words  max)
  • Purpose statement explaining why you would like to participate in Writing Workshops Hawaii. You can also discuss current manuscripts or writing projects that you might choos to workshop. (500 words max.)
  • Writing sample excerpt in fiction or nonfiction. This does not have to be published work, though that is acceptable, nor does it have to be a piece you plan to workshop. Complete works under the word count are not required; excerpts are acceptable. (Fiction/nonfiction: 2500 words max).

Writing Workshops Dublin is open to 18 writers for each session (9 Fiction, 9 Nonfiction). We look forward to reading your work!

Lodging at Iveagh Garden Hotel

Immerse yourself in both comfort and inspiration for 6 days, 5 nights at Iveagh Garden Hotel. This 4-star hotel is an urban oasis just steps from Grafton Street and Iveagh Gardens. Opened in February 2018, it is one of the lowest carbon footprints of any Irish Hotel and is Europe's first fully sustainable hotel. Located in the heart of this vibrant city, the Iveagh Garden Hotel is one of the best Dublin hotels near all major attractions. Your  own room and breakfast are included in your workshop tuition.

Tuition

Tuition is $3,395 and includes the following:

  • Lodging in your own room at Iveagh Garden Hotel for 6 days, 5 nights
  • Free Breakfast 
  • 4-day writing workshops in small groups of no more than 9 writers
  • Critical feedback on two writing submissions
  • Several craft of writing and/or business of writing seminars
  • One-on-one conference with faculty
  • Optional afternoon activities
  • The time of your life
  • Payment Plans: accepted writers will have the option to pay their tuition in full or opt for a payment plan divided into equal monthly payments by selecting Affirm (for U.S. & Canadian residents) at checkout.

Schedule Overview 

Sunday, April 23rd, 2023

3:00PM: Hotel check-in begins.

5:00PM: Meet & Greet Happy Hour

6:30PM: Dinner

Monday, April 24th - Thursday, April 27th

Mornings: Breakfast served. Workshops and one-on-one instructor meetings.

Afternoons/Evenings: Lunch Break followed by optional craft seminar, led by faculty or staff. Optional mid-afternoon activity followed by dinner.

Friday, April 28th

8:00AM-9:00AM: Goodbye breakfast.

11:00AM: Final check-out.

Optional Afternoon Activities will be included throughout the week. Full schedule detailed below.

More Details

For full details, please visit our 2023 Dublin Workshop webpage. Apply by October 15th! 

Sincerely,
Blake Kimzey, WritingWorkshops.com


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