The Online Writing Workshop

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Have you ever imagined sharing your work with a group of supportive writers who understood your writing struggles, who could tell you what wasn’t working and who could also tell you what parts of your writing were really, really great?

I’ve created this class from what I’ve learned in many fantastic online writing environments. The workshop runs 7 weeks.  Please come ready with a short story (preferred), narrative non-fiction or novel excerpt of not more than 5,000 words in length.  (Less is okay.)  This course is limited to 6 students.

Dates:January 27th – March 12th. (7 weeks.)  New discussions begin every week.

Cost: $250.00

Topics Covered:

  • How (and why) to workshop

  • Structure, and how to break down a story structurally

  • Theme (the heart of the story, imagery, metonyms, details)

  • Point of View

  • Narrative Distance

  • Openings (what does a good opening do)

  • Endings (what does a good ending do)

A little bit about me as a teacher: a Welcome Video I recorded for the Story Intensive. (Opens a new window.)

A short video about why I want to teach.

Course Expectations

Each week, you are expected to:

  • Critique 1 classmate’s story
  • Read the lesson and complete short exercises
  • Participate in online class discussion

Once during the course, you will

  • Have your own story critiqued. Obviously, you will not need to critique that week, but you will benefit by participating more heavily in the discussion.
  • Peer Edit one classmate’s story. This is a deeper review and write up than what is expected weekly.

If you have further questions, please get in touch.

You can learn more about other way to work with me here.

Looking forward to working with you!

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Sonal twice: first as a student of the Story Intensive program and then in her summer Online Writing Workshop. She is a terrific teacher with a brilliant editorial sense; her critiques are insightful and encouraging. I loved every minute of her feedback and guidance, and highly recommend her to any writing student or writer in need of a top notch editor.  ~ Donald Wilson, past student.

The Story Intensive

In the fall, I will be teaching again for Sarah Selecky, as part of her Story Intensive program.

The Story Intensive is an online writing program that’s set up like an MFA workshop in short fiction, with a focus on generating new short stories.

The Story Intensive provides the scaffolding, feedback, deadlines and accountability that a self-paced writing program can’t offer. This program is for you if you find it hard to write alone. You know that your writing is important: this course gets you to make writing a priority in your daily life.

The Story Intensive runs from September to December this year. It includes guided writing instruction, deadlines and accountability, small classes and discussion groups that will work for any time zone,  in-depth feedback on your work, live support calls with Sarah Selecky, and tutorials with guest authors that will make you swoon (including Margaret Atwood and Karen Joy Fowler!).

Space is limited.

The Story Intensive

You can find some details about The Story Intensive here or click on the image to go straight to the registration page. (Register through me, and I will thank you with a free short story critique.)


The Online Writing Workshop

Registration for my summer 2014 workshop has closed. Get on my mailing list to hear news about upcoming workshops.

Dates: July 8th – August 19 2014.  

I had the good fortune of working with Sonal this past summer in a fiction workshop. Good fortune for me, I should say, because she read and critiqued one of my short stories. I discovered that Sonal has an editorial vision unlike any I’ve encountered before. She has the ability not only to see what’s wrong with the ‘big picture’ of a story, but also to make concrete and useful suggestions for how to fix it. And this was true not just of my work, but of everyone’s in the workshop. Her feedback was essential to me getting my story on track ~ Michelle Barker



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