Do you have a mentor? If not, do you have a plan for how to get where you want your writing to go? How are you holding yourself accountable for your dreams? If you know where you’d like to be with your writing but want more guidance, we’re here for you. If you’re looking for one-on-one attention for your work, you’ve come to the right place. Click on the button below to see our full list of individual consultation services and get a personalize roadmap for the journey ahead.
How many people do you know who have written a novel or a handful of stories? Do you count only yourself?
Writing is a singular endeavor, and it is doubly so when no one understands your compulsion.
So why do we write?
When you are in the middle of writing your first draft, it’s like standing in a stream. You can’t see the current, but you can feel it. This is the story flowing out of you and you should follow it. This is good work. You have found the sweet spot, the wormhole, into your story. I believe that all the novels you want to write are already written. They already exist inside you in a preverbal, rhythmic, motor place in your body. The trick is to find a way of tapping into them. Getting to this place can be elusive. Sometimes it happens early on in the writing process, sometimes very late; but once you find it, your story will flow out of you in a natural, organic way.
The above italicized paragraph comes from Richard Skinner's great article from earlier this week called Know Thyself...By Writing Your First Novel.
Read the article. I think you'll find it inspiring.
If you're nearing the end of a project or have just completed a novel or several short stories, knowing what to do next in the absence of a critique group or formal workshop can be confusing. Do you put your novel or story in the drawer for six months and return to it later? Do you revise it immediately, and if so, how do you know where the soft spots are, where the opportunities for improvement can be found? Are you going to query agents or upload your manuscript to a self-publishing platform? Or send your short story to a batch of literary journals?
What is your next step?
If you'd like to talk about what to do next, contact us HERE and we can set up a time to talk on about where you are in your process.
At the very least, take a moment to read Richard Skinner's article and allow yourself to be okay with the uncertainty. That is where all writers live. You're in good company.
Executive Director, Writing Workshops Dallas
We're excited to announce our lineup of Winter 2018 classes! Fiction, Nonfiction, Screenwriting, and Poetry workshops are enrolling now and classes will begin in January. In the coming weeks we'll also confirm the dates for additional seminars for the winter term. Writing Workshops Dallas also offers individual manuscript critique, MFA application prep, and one-on-one coaching services available via the Coaching & Critique link above. Click on the picture above for a full listing of our winter classes.
You can also click the Contact link above to send our staff any questions you might have about winter enrollment or our editing services. We look forward to hearing from you!
Are you applying for an MFA in Creative Writing? If this is your first time applying or if you're back in the MFA application trenches, our advice at Writing Workshops Dallas is that you ONLY apply to FULLY FUNDED programs.
The hard reality is that you don't want to go into debt to get an MFA. You don't. It is hard enough to make it financially as a writer that you don't want the added hardship of MFA debt hanging over your head. The good news: many MFA programs are fully-funded and will give you the time you need to focus on your work while also being part of a thriving literary community that shares your values. These MFA programs will send you back into the world as a better writer in relationship with your readers for life with little to zero debt.
The bad news: these programs are the hardest to get into and ALL of your peers are also applying to them. So the competition is stiff. So how do you stand out? The only way to get accepted into one of these highly competitive programs is to WOW with your writing and demonstrate the thing that makes your work your work. If you don't already know what that is we can figure it out together.
Our goal at Writing Workshops Dallas is to help you work on and revise your creative sample (fiction, poetry, non-fiction) so that it stands out from all the rest. Our instructors have attended top MFA programs and understand what it takes to get accepted. We'll be here to hold you to a high standard, to point out the things you do well, but more importantly: identify the soft spots in your work that need dramatic attention before you submit your MFA application to your dream school(s). We'll always stay true to YOUR vision for what the work is and should be. We'll attend to your voice and style and get granular, providing sentence-level editing as well as big-picture notes that you need for a final polish.
For a creative portfolio of work (writing sample up to 25 pages) and the statement of purpose (and/or personal essay), we charge $250. We'll offer two rounds of critique on your creative portfolio, write a robust critique letter in each round and schedule one-hour phone consultations to answer any questions you might have. If you're ready, we're ready! To introduce yourself to us and to formally register for MFA Application Prep, click on the photo above and we'll get to work!