Private Workshop Intensives in NYC, Spring 2014


CREATIVE FOCUS: A one-day intensive for memoir and fiction writers


Saturday May 10, 2014

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in a private Greenwich Village home


Improve the quality and depth of your work by learning how to practice creative focus.  Discover how writers harness the power of the unconscious and access “writer’s mind.” Fewer drafts, less frustration—we can work more efficiently and more effectively as we deepen our awareness of our subconscious creative potential. In this one-day workshop, through a sequence of in-class writing exercises, you’ll learn six simple, practical techniques to increase your powers of concentration and focus, jumpstart a work-in-progress, launch new work, and enrich a scene in revision.



TALK TO ME: A one-day intensive for memoir and fiction writers

Saturday May 17, 2014

With apologies this workshop has been postponed.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in a private Greenwich Village home


Everything you need to create powerful prose can be honed by studying dialogue. Everything critical to memoir and fiction—character, conflict, plot, setting, subtext—is interwoven with dialogue. In this one-day intensive we’ll examine dialogue by contemporary and classic authors and discuss the three techniques that give dialogue its power to create the spine of a scene. We’ll write scenes that jumpstart new work or continue a work in progress. And we’ll learn a critical technique for accessing the subconscious and channeling the voices of your characters.

For more information or to enroll

We’re writers (15+ books between us). And we’re passionate, committed teachers, eager to pass along what we’ve learned (combined, 40+ years of writing, publishing, and teaching). We would like to invite you to our small private workshops in New York City.

Our co-taught classes are intimate (always limited to six) and personal.  Students gather around a gorgeous Art Deco table in a Greenwich Village home. During the course of the day we talk deeply about craft and technique (handouts, materials, and chocolate provided) and also about process—how to prepare for a writing session, how to get un-stuck, how to revise effectively.  The atmosphere is supportive, positive, and kind. But we work hard: courses are content-rich and interactive, combining instruction and practice, discussion and critique.

Together, we study stellar writers, both classic and contemporary, and we’ll write in class, and respectfully discuss each other’s work. Every workshop we teach allows time for Q & A so each student’s questions are answered, fully. You’ll leave with new work and new energy for your creative projects, a pile of exercises, and a list of books to read.

You’ll learn to write more efficiently, to get more from the time you can spare to write in your daily life, and to concentrate and stay focused, so you spend less time in revision.  At the end of the day, you’ll have the tools you need to jumpstart new work and keep it flowing on your own.


Our one-day Saturday workshop intensives are $300 per person.

Your check reserves your spot.

Real life happens. Full refund if we fill your spot from the wait list.

Class size is limited to six.

Class starts at 10 am sharp; doors open at 9:45 am.

Our morning and afternoon sessions are punctuated by short breaks (coffee and tea will be available) and divided by ample time for lunch on your own at a local restaurant (or gathered around the table, as you wish).

Class concludes at 5 pm.


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