Online | Fiction | Nonfiction | Seminar

1-Day Online Prose Seminar: Shortcuts to an Expert’s Writing Process

Writing is an art. But it is also skilled work. All too often, we expect great writing to bubble out of us unprompted, as long as we make space for the muse to arrive. But what really makes space for the muse is a whole lot of skills and strategies.

Research shows that expert writers know how to make much of their process automatic, so that their full attention can be on creative generation. But you don’t have to wait for expertise. You can build a process that breaks writing up into small, manageable steps, and in doing so clear space for creativity.

In this one-day intensive, for writers of all experience levels, you’ll learn about the science of writing development and how you can use that knowledge to build a better writing process for yourself. We’ll talk about working memory, generation vs. assessment, how to quiet your inner critic (or at least tell her to wait her turn), and revision strategies that will make writing better and more enjoyable, every step of the way.

Class meetings will be held over video chat, using Zoom accessed from your private class page. While you can use Zoom from your browser, we recommend downloading the desktop client so you have access to all platform features.

COURSE TAKEAWAYS:

- Gain a better understanding of the writing and revision process, and how to make this work less overwhelming and more enjoyable.

- Identify the smaller steps of a writing process that will make space for creativity and surprise in your writing.

- Practice brainstorming, writing, and revision techniques that you can continue to adapt and apply.

- 10% discount on all future Catapult classes

COURSE EXPECTATIONS:

In-class reading and writing, no prior reading or preparation required.

Jaime Green

Jaime Green is a full-time freelance writer and editor. She received her MFA in Nonfiction from Columbia, and she has taught writing at Columbia, The New School, and the Sackett Street Writers' Workshop. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, BuzzFeed, The Cut, GQ.com, Popular Science, Backstage, American Theatre online, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor for Catapult, the series editor for Best American Science and Nature Writing, and the romance review columnist for The New York Times

Testimonials

“Her class changed my perspective on creative writing and motivated me to be braver, bolder, and more creative.”

former student

“Jaime always brings an energy to each class that always makes me want to push myself to think of new questions and explore new writing techniques.”

former student

“Jaime is a wonderful editor. She pushed me to make my essay much better and more vulnerable.”

Adrienne Celt author of INVITATION TO A BONFIRE and THE DAUGHTERS

“Jaime is an insightful, imaginative, and compassionate editor. I never felt corrected by her edits—but rather inspired and liberated to produce my best work.”

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