Workshops

Reading Fiction as a Writer, with Exercise Bootcamp
6 sessions (weekly)
8 students max
Beginning Tuesday, November 5th, 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Southside Park (between Downtown & Land Park)
Parking is free & easy
Note: 2nd floor location
$300

This is a class in exploring the craft of writing fiction. One short story or novel chapter will be assigned each week and discussed in depth, going line-by-line through some sections to explore the narrative choices that contribute to the work’s success. We peek behind the veil to consider how these choices might influence our own works-in-progress. Each story or novel chapter will inspire an exercise, due by the next session. This is not a workshop, but an opportunity to learn more and revise or create new work each week.

Payment in full ($300) is required to guarantee a space in the class. Tuition includes an individual follow-up meeting with instructor. To request a registration form, use the contact form below or email valfiora (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
6 sessions (weekly)
8 students max
Beginning Tuesday, January 14th, 6:00-8:00PM
Location: Southside Park (between Downtown & Land Park)
Parking is free & easy
Note: 2nd floor location
$300

This is a course devoted to practical strategies for improving your fiction. Many developing writers take a too-limited approach to revision. They focus on “fixing” words on the page, which is a late-stage editing process. The first goal of revision is exploration, to bring you to a deeper level of intimacy with your characters, their actions, and your overall goals for bringing a particular work to readers. Without this deepening process of connection and development, spit-and-polish revisions fail. In six weekly sessions of discussion, checklists, and exercises to bring back to your own stories or novel chapters, I will get you thinking about the convergence of character and story on a deeper level, the level that I bring to my own award-winning writing and to my work as a mentor and developmental editor. At the end of the course, you will submit your revised story or novel chapter and have an individual feedback session with me.

Payment in full ($300) is required to guarantee a space in the class. To request a registration form, use the contact form below or email valfiora (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Novel Workshop: The First 100 Pages
5 sessions (monthly)
5 students max
Beginning Sunday, January 26th, 4:00-6:30PM
Location: Southside Park (between Downtown & Land Park)
Parking is free & easy
Note: 2nd floor location
$600

This workshop is for writers with a substantive portion of their novels already written, and will meet once each month for a maximum of five months.  Each session, one student will submit the first 100 pages of their novel, and receive feedback on their openings from the instructor and their peers. There will also be some outside reading of novel craft/structure and novel openings. Visiting guest novelists will discuss their experience writing, revising, submitting, surviving the process and publishing their work.

Payment in full ($600) is required to guarantee a space in the class. Tuition includes a private session with instructor to process and discuss strategies for revision. To request a registration form, use the contact form below or email valfiora (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Contact Form