Identifying & Overcoming Challenges in Writing Fiction

with Meg Wolitzer and Amanda Eyre Ward


This class is for participants who have a fiction work in progress. It will combine workshop, writing prompts, and mentorship, providing individually focused guidance for each participant. We will delve into your manuscript and discover what it most ideally wants to be and what needs to happen for it to become that.

Each participant should bring a short excerpt from their own writing, a page or two you admire from published work by another author, and a brief written discussion of what you think are the most important problems you need to overcome in your current project.

You will have the chance to get individually tailored feedback on your work, particularly on how to address the challenges that you and the teachers think are most crucial for your work. You will be given individually designed exercises and prompts, and will get feedback on your work from the rest of the class. This class will be intense but, most of all, encouraging. It will allow you to solve those writing problems that are keeping your work from its fullest potential and will gently and insightfully give you the push you need to create your best writing.

4 Mornings:  Monday 11/7 – Thursday 11/10, 9:00am-12:00pm

A $100 combination discount will be applied when registering for the conference at the same time.


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Meg Wolitzer is the New York Times bestselling author of The InterestingsThe Ten-Year NapThe Wife, and other books. Her latest novel, The Female Persuasion, was named to various Notable and Best Books of 2018 lists, including in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe AtlanticPeopleGlamour, and Kirkus Reviews. She was the guest editor of The Best American Short Stories 2017, and has also published books for young readers, including To Night Owl From Dogfish, co-written with Holly Goldberg Sloan. Wolitzer is currently a faculty member in the Stony Brook Southampton MFA program, where she co-directs BookEnds, a one-year, non-credit intensive in the novel. The recent, critically-acclaimed film based on her novel The Wife starred Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce.

Amanda Eyre Ward is the author of Sleep Toward Heaven, How to be Lost, Forgive Me, Close Your Eyes, The Same Sky, and the short story collection Love Stories in this Town. Her work has been optioned for film and television and published in fifteen countries. The Same Sky is a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith. Amanda spent a year visiting shelters in Texas and California, meeting immigrant children and hearing their stories. The Same Sky is a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border. Her latest novel, The Jetsetters, has received rave reviews. Amanda’s work has garnered many accolades, including the Violet Crown Book Award (Sleep Toward Heaven), a Target Bookmarked Pick (How to Be Lost and The Same Sky), and a Kirkus Best Book Pick (Close Your Eyes).