Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Workshop for Novels/Memoirs-in-Progress

Writer Hildie Block is holding a 1-year workshop for novels/memoirs in progress, with registration starting on May 1. Here’s the information she sent:

Registration for the Year Long WRITE YOUR BOOK workshop in Falls Church City begins on May 1.

Are you working on a novel or memoir? This workshop meets over 1 year -- in 8 week segments with month-long breaks -- for about 28 class meetings -- and you get to workshop your book as you write it!

This is our 5th Year, now! I can't believe it! It's such a wonderful class -- it's so cool for me, the workshop leader to see folks work toward their goals!

Class meets Monday nights, 7:30-10, starting late September -- in Falls Church City. Plenty of public transit -- also easy parking right at the door. In about 28 class meetings over a year, we go through book structures, deep issues in fiction and memoir and then publishing questions -- agents, queries -- the whole 9 yards.

Participants workshop their books in 30 page "chunks" -- about one "chunk" a month or so. The goal is to get to workshop about 200+ pages of your draft in progress as you are writing it! Class is structured with a prompt to get you thinking about your book differently -- a lesson -- and then workshop. We spent 30-40 minutes on a "chunk" in workshop.

I can only take 8-10 folks. The deposit is $100 and is payable via paypal or check. The full cost is $850 (100 deposit + 750). The balance isn't due until September. The course cost includes any text we'll use, as well as a one-on-one hour with me. You will be responsible for making copies of your work to distribute in class.

Payment via paypal to or checks to be mailed to Hildie Block (please email for address:

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