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Writing Irresistible Publishable Fiction

With Caeli Widger

  • Started Apr 17
  • 900 US dollars
  • Zoom

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About this retreat

Wednesdays, 11 am – 1 pm PST (Zoom) April 17 – May 22, 2024 Tuition: $900 TO AVOID FEES, please select "Pay Manually" at checkout and send the fee by Zelle to OR inquire about sending a check. Writing fiction has always been a terrible way to make money. Then again, according to legend, whenever Raymond Carver was strapped for cash, he banged out a couple of short stories to sell. And, once upon a time, novelists didn’t have to moonlight as social media mavens and culture warriors in order to sell a few books. Oh, how times have changed! For short story writers and novelists, the prospect of ever seeing your work in print, let alone getting paid for it, can feel impossible. If you can relate, this workshop is for you. The mission of the class is twofold: first, to help students transform their work-in-progress into short stories or novel excerpts that readers cannot put down. We’ll do that through deep, craft-based analyses of students’ submissions that will empower the author to revise with confidence and ultimately submit for publication. Secondly, we’ll talk candidly about the current landscape of publishing fiction, both in general and as it pertains to each student’s work. We’ll discuss strategies for breaking past industry gatekeepers, sensitivity readers, and editors who choose virtual signaling over literary art. If you’re eyeing MFA programs, we can help make your application unrejectable. Above all, we’ll stay committed to writing fiction that knocks the wind out of readers while making them feel more alive. And maybe, in time, we’ll make a few bucks too. Caeli Widger is the author of four novels: two works of literary fiction written under her name (Real Happy Family, Mother of Invention) and two commercial thrillers (Santa Monica, The Last Party) written with her best friend under the pen name Cassidy Lucas. Her work has appeared in numerous literary journals, the New York Times Magazine, as Kindle Singles, on NPR, and lots of other places no one cares about. She earned her MFA from the University of Montana and has been teaching writing workshops since 2005, in settings ranging from University College London to Brooklyn living rooms. Caeli lives near Santa Barbara, CA with her husband and three children, where she runs a staffing company by day and writes fiction in the early mornings.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your enrollment in our online writing course, you must do so at least 14 days before the course begins for a full refund. Cancellations made within 14 days to 72 hours before the course start date will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 72 hours before the course starts.

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