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This remote class—which will be capped at just 9 participants—will offer advanced fiction writers the opportunity to submit two new pieces of fiction and one revision and to receive rigorous, supportive, and constructive feedback on all three.

“Revision, which is often overlooked in the writing process, will be a main component of the class,” says instructor Lori Ostlund. “That is, feedback will not just go into a drawer for later.” Along these lines, the class will be structured as follows: during the first six weeks, each participant will submit two pieces for workshopping. This could include novel chapters/excerpts or complete or excerpted stories. Participants will revise one of their two submissions, and we will spend the last three weeks workshopping these revisions. Though workshops will be at the core of the class, the class might also involve short readings and mini-craft sessions.

This workshop is for writers who have completed fiction classes at The Writing Salon or elsewhere. Participants are encouraged to have one or both submissions completed prior to the start of the class as the weekly reading-and-critiquing component will be rigorous. (However, there will be a three-week break—that is, class will not meet for two Sundays in a row—after the first round of submissions, which means that participants will have time between submission 1 and submission 2 to complete the second submission.) Since each class will involve reading and discussing three submissions, each submission will be capped at 2,500 words (around 10 double-spaced pages), though participants working on a long short story would have the option to bundle their first two submissions into one 5,000-word chunk. (Prior permission needed as this would involve changes to the workshop schedule.)

Lori says, “Participants will leave with extensive feedback on submitted work and a better sense of their own revision process, achieved both through discussing the work of others and by grappling with feedback.”


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 hello@writingsalons.com.



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  1. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 05, 10:30am-1:00pm
  2. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 12, 10:30am-1:00pm
  3. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, July 19, 10:30am-1:00pm
  4. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 09, 10:30am-1:00pm
  5. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 16, 10:30am-1:00pm
  6. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 23, 10:30am-1:00pm
  7. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, August 30, 10:30am-1:00pm
  8. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, September 06, 10:30am-1:00pm
  9. Live Zoom Meeting: Sunday, September 13, 10:30am-1:00pm
  • Lori is a great teacher, and came with a plan. She was kind and patient, and steered/started conversations in a tactful way.  She skillfully led discussions of the samples we read. When it came to critiquing our own work, any comments were couched in constructive language, and she set the tone for critiques.

    She was much more accessible than other teachers I have had in the past. She even went so far as to think further about questions she had already answered in class, and e-mail her thoughts to us later.

    Carole Stivers
  • Lori is the best writing teacher I've ever had and I will take any class she offers as long as I don't have any scheduling conflicts.



Sunday, July 5, 2020 @ 5:30 pm PDT
Sunday, September 13, 2020 @ 8:00 pm PDT
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Online (SF Zoom)
Live Remote Meetings, ZOOM
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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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