What the Workshop Offers

The Space-Time Writing Workshop offers participants weekly peer critiques on the first 60-90 pages of their novel or novella, with input from me, the “moderator,” as well. I will also be leading discussions at the beginning of each session on aspects of writing like characterization, structure, and plot. This is less about offering concrete “how-to”s and more about discussing various options in a writer’s toolbox to develop, depending on what kind of story they want to tell. Different cultural traditions and expectations, as well as different genres, offer various avenues of storytelling and it is not my intention to give writers absolutes.

Handouts covering these topics will be made available to all participants via email. We will also cover writing full book/story synopses and query letter pitches, which will also be peer critiqued. Whether you aim to publish traditionally or to self-publish, being able to smartly summarize your work is essential. Synopsis writing can also help to clarify the narrative throughline in your own work, which may on occasion feel overwhelming (novels are multiple moving parts).

Because of the commitment involved, this workshop is primarily intended for writers who have either already published or are aiming to publish their work professionally, although writers who are serious about the craft and want to self-publish are also welcome. All sessions will be conducted over Zoom and all manuscripts must be submitted in .docx or .rtf format.

By participating in the workshop, it is understood and agreed that all manuscripts submitted through the workshop are copyright to the owner and will not be distributed outside of the workshop without permission by the writer.