I’ve just finished my second workshop with Rachel and already signed up for a third. Rachel has an unbelievable eye for finding the intentions within muddled writing and pulling a real story out from under layers of fluff and filler. Her skill as an editor and knowledge of literature are impressive, and her artful way of explaining ideas/teaching lessons has improved my own writing tenfold. Sharing material in her classroom is extremely gratifying and I always come away from it with a better understanding of what I am trying to write in the first place.
-Reuben N., Age 17

Teens can use their time in so many different ways, including exploring creative writing this winter! Writing can be both therapeutic and inspiring. It can also be a way to reflect, process, and gain comfort for those who use words in their artistic expression. In addition, learning to write creatively is an excellent way to prepare for writing college essays!

I am teaching Writing for Teens in order for young people to write their way in (or out) of their lives, escaping or observing, reading, or generating new work. From memoir to fiction to poetry to comics to sci-fi to speculative fiction, all subjects and forms of writing are welcome in this class. 

This class is open to all writing levels. 
There is also an option to continue the classes after the initial 7 weeks.

Classes

I have been running my in-person creative writing class for over ten years, and I’m so excited to continue teaching it on Zoom!

In my experience teaching this workshop, each class has had a combination of new and “old” students, new voices and experienced writers, and new and exciting dynamics. I have seen lovely friendships made in my classes, as well as a writing community grow around the workshops.

We use the time in our workshop to focus on each story, novel, memoir, or piece of non-fiction that is presented, and review it on its’ own terms. During our two hours together, we will critique two to three students’ work while learning applicable “lessons” through our talks.

We will focus on all aspects of story-writing, from plot to characterization to pacing to point-of-view.
You will receive line-edits and a critique from me, as well as your peers.

The space we will share is respectful, encouraging, and safe, and all students should feel free to hand in what they are working on, without judgment.

Classes

This course is an exciting way for you to create a writing foundation before going on to longer projects. It’s perfect for writers who do not have time for a workshop, but are looking for one-on-one feedback. There are12 craft and contentlessons which you can complete at your own pace, with the freedom to stop and start as you move through each lesson. 

How it Works:

Each section consists of a lesson, a corresponding reading, and a small writing  assignment. The lessons will alternate between focusing on craft and content.

Once you have gone over one lesson, read the corresponding reading, and written your assignment, you will send the assignment to me for line-edits and feedback. You can also list specific questions (if you have any) when you return your assignment.

From there you can wait for my feedback (between 12-48 hours) or simply keep going.  

All correspondence is done via email.

This class is ongoing and can be purchased and started whenever you are ready.

$400 for the full course.

Classes


A SELECTION OF BOOKS PREVIOUSLY WORKSHOPPED IN MY CLASS!

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal • NPR • New York Public Library • LitHub • Mental Floss

“In the workshop I took with Rachel Sherman…she impressed me with her generosity as a reader: even though students were working in many different genres, from prose poetry to magical realism to traditional literary fiction, Rachel looked at each piece on its own terms, with a keen eye for its particular strengths and weaknesses.  She also creates a welcoming, respectful environment in the classroom where everyone’s voice is heard.  After studying with Rachel, I had a much clearer sense of what direction my novel needed to go.  She’s a terrific teacher, and I highly recommend her course.”-Chandler Klang Smith (author of THE SKY IS YOURS)

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Globe and Mail • Glamour • TIME • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • Marie Claire • Town & Country • Bustle

Set in a world inspired by pre-Shogun era Japan, this is a stunning debut fantasy in the vein of Grace Lin about how a young pearl diver goes to the ends of the earth to rescue her twin sister, who has been stolen by a ghost whale.

Rachel Sherman is a master of the craft and a gifted, compassionate teacher. Her critiques are generous and insightful, at both the macro level (narrative structure, thematic development) and the micro level (line editing). Most importantly, she creates a safe, supportive space for writers to share their work. Thanks to the regular submission deadlines and Rachel’s invaluable feedback, I was able to complete a first draft of a middle-grade novel called The Pearl Hunter — which will be published by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray in early 2023!

– Miya T. Beck (Mariko Beck)