Advanced Fiction Workshop Summer 2017

Advanced Fiction Workshop

::Summer 2017::

–CLOSED–EMail me for details/waitlist–

This seven-week workshop is for writers who have a few writing classes and/or workshops under their belt, are familiar with craft elements, and are looking for deadlines to generate new material as well as focused feedback from a community of careful readers.

My goal in workshop is to help guide the writer toward creating the best version of the story they want to tell in an environment that is encouraging and supportive. Discussions will take place while the author listens, and will include in-depth and attentive examinations of the pages as well as conversations about general craft issues. We will allocate time at the end of the manuscript critique for the author to ask questions and advice of the group.

Students will have the opportunity to submit 2 manuscripts of up to 15 pages each for written and verbal critique. Submissions can be short stories or novel excerpts. The workshop is limited to 7 participants to ensure an intimate atmosphere.

Cost: $400

Payments can be split in two and made by cash, check, or Paypal. A $50 deposit will hold your spot, and the balance of payment one is due June 30th, payment two, July 31st.


In addition to Melanie’s notes and comments being incredibly helpful, I really appreciated her workshop. I’ve found other classes and writing groups much less useful, and I think Melanie is very skilled at leading and guiding these discussions. This was the first time I’ve walked away from a workshop feeling like I had real concrete ideas about how to improve and move forward.

Melanie is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to take her next class!

I have an MFA in writing and have been doing writers’ groups and workshops for years. Melanie is, hands down, one of the smartest and most insightful instructors I’ve ever had…an instructor who can help you make your book the best it can be. Anyone would be lucky to have the chance to work with her.

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For questions or to register:

Email me at, or fill out the form below. I look forward to hearing from you!