This class is for experienced nonfiction writers who want to advance their craft through workshop, and who want to learn through the reading and discussion of the work of others. In this 9-week course, students will have the opportunity to submit up to 10 pages (2,500 words, double-spaced) three times for intensive workshop, receiving written feedback in the form of line edits and macro-comments from instructor and classmates, as well as discussion of their piece in class.
Instructor Gila Lyons says, “Workshops will be at once warm and instructive, encouraging and honest, pushing each writer beyond what they’ve been able to do on their own, while fostering community and camaraderie among the class. Class time may include brief lessons and writing exercises as needed to hone specific craft elements such as tone, plot arc, pacing, or dialogue.”
In this online class, students will refine their craft, strengthen analytical skills of their own and others’ work, gain a writing community with connections that often outlast the length of the course, and leave with a renewed sense of what they can accomplish with their writing. Open to all types of nonfiction, including personal essay, memoir, reported nonfiction, and experimental forms like lyric and collage essay, the class will be capped at 10 students to ensure adequate time spent on each student’s work and individualized attention from the instructor.
About The Writing Salon's Remote Classes
Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, The Writing Salon is running all classes in a remote learning format. You will be able to participate in live class meetings via Zoom videoconference. To attend classes, you'll need a phone, tablet or computer and access to the internet. You can participate in the class from wherever you'd like, whether on your living room couch or in your office. Before your class meets, you'll receive an email from The Writing Salon with more information about Zoom and your remote class. If you have any questions about remote learning, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gila Lyons‘ writing has appeared in The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Healthline, Health Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Vice, Vox, The Huffington Post, Salon, Poets & Writers, and other publications. Her pieces have been anthologized in books and anthologies, most recently in ABOUT US: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times. Gila has served as one of three “Alices” at Go Ask Alice!, Columbia University’s award-winning health and sexuality website, as well as a health writer for The Chopra Center and KHealth. She holds an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University.
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, April 11, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, April 18, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, April 25, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, May 02, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, May 09, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, May 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, May 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, June 06, 2:00pm-4:30pm
- Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, June 13, 2:00pm-4:30pm