“And are we working in a group, or one on one?” she asked.
“Entirely one on one,” I said. “Just you and me. The early stages of a book are so vulnerable. I think it’s better to shape the idea and protect it before sharing it with others in a group. I’ll be with you, every step of the way.”
“I’m in,” she said.
Group writing workshops are popular these days, and for good reason. They’re the go-to model for MFA programs, and writers’ rooms in TV. They’re generative—co-creation on a large scale—but they demand a lot of the writer: show up for your work and yourself, while also showing up for the facilitator and the other writers.
You owe it to yourself to focus on your work, and give it your all, week after week. That’s what we do in my new program, This Is a Book! A Program for Non-Fiction Writers. And that’s the approach that attracted my latest participant, who signed up this week, availing of the early bird discount (deadline December 5).
I’ve structured the 10-week program so it’s entirely geared around your goals as a writer, your individual setbacks, and your unique strengths.
The result is generative, nurturing, and productive. It’s a process I’ve undertaken with writers for more than 15 years, in all models of publishing, in multiple genres. It works.