Semiprivate Writing Workshop and Retreat

An intimate writing weekend in a beautiful home on the James River

at the Porches, Norwood, Va

29–31 March 2019


Join three other writers and me for a cozy weekend of intensive one-on-one feedback, free writing time, a group workshop, and detailed post-workshop feedback on up to 10 pages of revised or new material.

Lodging: Two nights in a large, private bedroom with a comfy bed, reading chair with footstool, writing desk, great lighting, and many thoughtful touches.

Food: A wine-and-cheese reception Friday evening, hot dinner Saturday, and snacks and coffee are provided. Breakfast Saturday and Sunday and lunch Saturday are on your own.

Feedback: Across the weekend, we’ll meet one-on-one twice for 30-minutes each. You’ll send me up to 20 pages ahead of the workshop, and our first meeting, either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, will be about these 20 pages (I’ll provide written feedback as well). In our second meeting, Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, you can use the time however you wish: sharing revisions, bouncing ideas for a new piece, or something else. After the workshop, you can send me up to 10 pages of revised or new material, and I will provide detailed written feedback on this as well.

Cost: The cost for the weekend is $750 and includes lodging, food, and feedback as described above.

Apply: Send a writing sample of no more than10 pages by 15 January to

Workshop Series and Singles

Making Memoir Meaningful: Craft, Authenticity, and Voice

SOLD OUT at Politics and Prose's NEW Union Market location

Four Saturdays: November 3, 10, and 17 and December 1

Imagine your tale, touching others.

You want to write because you think you have something to say. Guess what? You do. Your stories aren't meaningful just to you; they can powerfully affect your readers as well. Of course, this doesn't happen automatically; we've all listened to or read other people's anecdotes that bore us, that have no bearing on our lives. And yet as humans we are all connected. We differ, but we share universal passions, sorrows, yearnings, and joys. Discovering the thread that links us all will make our writing light up another person's mind—and heart. And mastering craft, authenticity, and voice will lead us to that thread.

Be inspired, hone your craft, find out how others do it, sharpen your analytical skills (thus improving your ability to revise your own work), meet potential readers for the long term, and much more.

We'll explore crucial elements of personal writing—craft, authenticity, and voice—via lecture, example, practice, and feedback.

In addition to the feedback of your peers on your writing, you'll receive detailed commentary and (included but optional) line edits from me. Each student will submit a piece of writing up to 1,500 words; we will take turns providing feedback to each other.

Class size is limited to maximize individual attention and feedback.

We will use Mary Karr's Art of Memoir as a textbook.

When: Four Saturdays: November 3, 10, and 17 and December 1, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Politics and Prose, Union Market: 1270 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

How much: $160 

Register: Head over the class description page on the Politics and Prose web site.