Workshops

WORKSHOPS

This writing life is hard, but not impossible. Community helps.

Writing doesn’t have to be 100% solitary! Connect with others and tackle writing issues in these in-person workshops in the Los Angeles area, or make bonds with people from all over the country in my online courses.


Current and Upcoming Workshops

Go Away, I’m Writing

SHUT OUT THE WORLD, YOUR INNER DEMONS, AND YOUR EXCUSES.

A 3-PART GET-AND-STAY-MOTIVATED

WRITING SEMINAR SERIES

In-person, 3 Saturdays this summer

FRIDAY NIGHT WRITES

IF YOU NEED DEADLINES, ACCOUNTABILITY, AND COMMUNITY, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU.

A seven-week generative online course for anyone looking to produce new material or jump-start a project that has stalled.

Begins early August.


Previous Workshops

Finish Your Fucking Book Boot Camp  

Get your book in shape this summer. In-Person & Virtual options.

Advanced Fiction Workshop Summer 2017

7 weeks, July 11- Aug 29 (no meeting Aug 15th). Feedback and community. Limited to 7.

One day seminar: Make me care: crafting compelling openings 

You get a few pages to impress a reader. Make your book’s opening sing.


Ongoing Workshops

Continuing groups: I run carefully assembled ongoing small private workshops of different types. If you are interested in joining one of my groups or having me facilitate your existing group, please email me at Melanie.Thorne@ymail.com.


Stay tuned for additional workshops and seminars. If you would like to be kept up to date with news on upcoming classes and workshops, please join my mailing list at the footer of this page or email me with questions.


Testimonials

“Melanie is the perfect blend of critical and encouraging.”

“Melanie is the best kind of voice to have in your head…one of the best things for my career has been Melanie’s advice, guidance, and red pen. ”

“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.”

“Melanie has invigorated each story I have brought to her, but more than that she has molded my writing practice so that my work keeps getting better when she’s not around…She is also just a remarkably smart, genuine, and witty person. Being around her is always a good time and then almost without realizing it you’ve taken your work to the next level by the time you say goodbye.”

Read more of what others are saying about working with me.

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FRIDAY NIGHT WRITES–Online Course

Kick-start your writing practice this summer with 7 Weeks of Generative Prompts and Accountability  ::Begins August 2019:: Email Based, Complete from Anywhere Do you need a push to get writing again? How about seven weeks of nudging, support, accountability, and guided prompts? You don’t actually have to write on Fridays. But for 7 weeks of … Continue reading FRIDAY NIGHT WRITES–Online Course

Go Away, I’m Writing

Go Away, I’m Writing Shut out the world, your inner demons, and your excuses. A 3-Part Get-and-Stay-Motivated Writing Seminar Series Possibly the most common issue that comes up in my classes and workshops, and in my own writing practice, is: how the hell do you actually write? I mean, sure, you put your ass in … Continue reading Go Away, I’m Writing