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Many writers reach a stage when their work calls for a concentrated dose of personal attention. A mentorship can be a way to accelerate the writing process, to burst through blocks, and to move a project forward.

Instructor Kerry Muir says, “I love helping writers identify the major themes in their work, find the unique persona in their writing voice, and bring three-dimensional, real-life ‘characters’ vividly to life on the page. More than anything, I love to help writers find joy in the work, embrace taking risks with language and form, and most importantly, speak their own truth.”

Over a nine-week period, you’ll submit three packets of work for comprehensive, individualized feedback from Kerry. Each “packet” will consist of: 1) 4,000 - 5,000 words (of a memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, nonfiction hybrid) for in-depth written feedback from Kerry; 2) a small critical engagement with select reading assignments in creative nonfiction (which Kerry will provide) and which will foster close-reading skills and inform creative practice; and 3) a small “letter” to be addressed to Kerry, in which students can pose any relevant questions, concerns or reflections about the writing process or craft.

Intermediate writers and above recommended.


    Kerry Muir‘s creative nonfiction has appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Crazyhorse, Fourth Genre, and elsewhere. Her essay collection, BLUR & Other Essays, was named one of three finalists in Bauhan Publishing’s 2017 Monadnock Essay Collection Prize, and her essay, “Blur,” is a notable in Best American Essays 2018. Kerry’s plays have received honors and awards from Sundance Theater Lab, Nantucket Short Play Festival and Competition, The Great Platte River Playwrights Festival, The Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition, Trustus Theater Festival, and she has optioned and sold screenplays to producers in the US & Mexico. In late 2018, her award-winning play, The Night Buster Keaton Dreamed Me, was published in both English and Spanish by No Passport Press. A graduate of Vermont College’s MFA in Writing Program, she has led writing workshops for teens at Children of the Night.

September 21 – November 20


Monday, September 21, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Event Category:


Online (Asynchronous)
Online - No Live Meetings
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Cancellation Policy

10 days or more before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 10% fee OR a refund minus a 20% fee.

3-9 days before the start date for a class, the registrant will receive a credit minus a 20% fee OR a refund minus a 30% fee.

2 days or less before the start date for a class, the registrant will not receive a credit or a refund.

The Writing Salon cannot offer refunds, credits, or makeup sessions for classes a student might miss.

In the event of an emergency, we may consider a refund or credit, whether partial or full. We review these requests on a case-by-case basis, and we ask that you notify us as near as possible to the start date for the class.

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