"In short, Jade Sharma simply rocks as a teacher." - former Catapult student
Four weeks of individualized writing coaching with critically-acclaimed writer Jade Sharma.
"Jade Sharma has a brilliant analytical and critical mind, and is devastatingly effective at x-raying fiction to discern levels of clarity, originality and emotional honesty."
"Jade Sharma will root out anything in your manuscript that is fake, disingenuous, weak, or just plain bad, and she frames her critiques with humor and honesty. Your work will be stronger for it, and you will be too."
"Being in class with Jade was always a pleasure. Her insights into other students' work were deeply intellectual and offered interesting perspectives on storytelling. She personally made time to read my stories outside of class, as well, and we often exchanged work. I'm so glad to have gotten to study with her. She helped my work immeasurably."
"A novel about a heroin addict shouldn’t be this much fun to read."
“[Maya’s] problems could fill a book — and in fact, they do, in a brisk, mordantly funny, fragmented narrative that is refreshingly honest, despite the fact that Maya is a liar.”
“The problem with Jade Sharma’s novel, PROBLEMS, is that it ends. The narrator, Maya, is a hot mess with zero percent of her shit together, and yet as I got to know her through Sharma’s inventive narrative voice, I saw her as—or perhaps wanted her to be—my friend.”
"Maya, with her bodily neuroses and impulses and lusts and bolts of cleverly crafted philosophical insight, is the novel. And she’s hard to stop watching and caring about and even, optimistically, rooting for. . . . A psychologically astute portrait of a woman’s cycle of addiction, the ebb and flow of her life around it, and her own hilarious, bittersweet and brilliant inner monologue through it all.”
"To have Jade Sharma as a writing teacher is a unique experience. Imagine a friend who never judges you and who has your back and who is in close communication with you. That’s Jade. She is exceedingly kind and she is open about herself and her writing process. This trait also makes her refreshingly forthright in her feedback and edits. Jade will be your best cheerleader, which is exactly what you need. Her support will help you set writing goals. She turned our small but excellent class into a safe space where we could express ourselves honestly, get more clarity in understanding our strengths and weaknesses, and grow as writers. In short, Jade Sharma simply rocks as a teacher."
"Jade is extremely generous with line edits. At the level of structure, she can find new endings, themes, and subtext by switching paragraphs when necessary. She will help you find new tensions in old work you thought you knew by heart."
"I absolutely loved Jade's coaching class. I really appreciated how direct and honest she was with her feedback. She really helped me recognize my strengths and weaknesses. She made herself more available than any other writing teacher I've had. Also, her reading suggestions were FANTASTIC, and her writing prompts were really fun and inspiring. This has by far been my best experience with a writing class!"
"If The Catcher in the Rye was configured for the digital age, it might look like this."
"Problems is filled with sharp dialogue, perfectly crafted one-liners and succinct observations."