In my Virtual Memoir Writing class we will explore how best to put your story on the page. Using the Workshop format, we will read, critique, and discuss each submission, focussing on both content and craft. Taking into consideration the themes and your writing style, we will find the best way to structure your prose. We will be sensitive to your subject, and use your boundaries as guidelines for our input. Lastly, we will give feedback on how to make your memoir accessible, assured and your own.
This class is open to all levels.
You will receive a line-edit and written critique from me for each submission.
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.
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.
A SELECTION OF BOOKS PREVIOUSLY WORKSHOPPED IN MY CLASS!
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“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)
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