I was at a loss after finishing my MFA program… But after eight years of infrequent publishing and no time to write, I found an alternative that works for me. Three years ago, I hooked up with Ariel Gore’s online Literary Kitchen workshops and finally found a group that was the right fit for me: writers not full of privilege (and themselves) who offer honest criticism and support at the same time, and whose work I truly enjoy reading. And that infrequent publishing? It’s not so infrequent anymore.
—Margaret Garcia, Poets & Writers
SUMMER MANUSCRIPT WORKSHOP – Online
Back by Popular Demand
12-Week Online Workshop for Writers Working on Book-Length Projects
Taught by Ariel Gore
Starts June 1
Summer is the perfect time of year to write & workshop your book project. You’ll spend the 12+ weeks coming up with a solid draft of at least half of your book–or polishing a full draft you’ve already got.
This is only the fourth time I’ve offered a manuscript workshop and I won’t likely offer one again for a couple of years. In previous sessions, a number of (now published or in-contract!) books have been started or completed. We focus on plot and structure for fiction, memoir, and nonfiction projects alike. You get individual attention for your manuscript, expert guidance at each turn, and support from other writers embarking on this difficult and excellent path.
Writers should have a good idea of the manuscript they want to work on and at least 25 rough pages towards their book-drafts when the class starts. Writers with more completed drafts are welcome, too. We usually get a good balance of people starting books and fishing them, so you’ll be fine wherever you find yourself in the process come June 1.
The 12-week workshop costs $555. A $140 deposit saves your spot.
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With 12 Assignments in 14 Days
June 15 – 28
You’ll get 12 assignments in 14 days and lots of great feedback (an assignment a day & take two days of your choosing off).
Ariel Gore is a fabulous workshop facilitator; I’ve been taking classes from her since 2001. In each of the workshops, she brings together a diverse group of writers with varying degrees of competency; and, whether the writer is seasoned or a beginner, she understands exactly where each person is coming from and she meets them there. Not only did I find my unique voice, I learned how to be a thoughtful listener and how to provide insightful critique. I would recommend her workshops to anyone interested in memoir and the art of a good story.
—Lani Jo Leigh
Ariel’s workshops jump-started my psyche. I’m back into looking at the world as a writer instead of as a would-be writer. I have her to thank for that. Workshops are almost at your own pace. Always encouraging. She has a knack for assembling a great group of writers together every time.
—Margaret Elysia Garcia
Ariel Gore’s writing workshop pushed me past the borders of my creativity and into an exciting unknown place of writing within myself. If you’ve ever put to pen to paper and wondered what you were really capable of Ariel’s workshop will take you there.
I thoroughly enjoy Ariel’s workshops. Writers from a variety of backgrounds gather together, bringing in work with all kinds of themes, and as each piece is workshopped, Ariel’s ear for the crucial aspects of great storytelling kicks right in. Her feedback is thoughtful, insightful, precise, and multilayered.
When I started writing with Ariel, I had zero idea how to write for audience. In work shopping with her, I have found my voice and with practice have found different ways to formulate story. I have learned how to incorporate dialogue and am so much more confident with my work. I recommend this workshop to all aspiring, practicing, and practiced writers.