Programs

Patricia Lee Gauch: Feelings, An Advanced Online Writing Workshop

November 8 - 11, 2021

PRE-REGISTRATION:

Acceptance into the program requires a brief application including a series of questions. We’ll accept applications until August 25. You will be notified by September 15, 2021 of your acceptance and then we will send you a link to register. Questions include your goals for the course and projects that you have been working on for the past 12 months, as well as a five page sample of your writing. Apply here.

TYPE & LENGTH:

Online intensive for experienced writers:

  • Four days of LIVE sessions including lecture, discussion, peer-to-peer opportunities, and writing exercises.
  • Writing prompts will be reviewed on days 2, 3, & 4 with written feedback.
  • A one-to-one consultation will be provided on the final morning of the program with Patricia Lee Gauch.
  • Ample time for community building and discussion during morning meetings and evening readings. (For full schedule, please see below.)
  • Course begins on Monday, November 8 at 4pm Eastern, and ends at noon Eastern on Thursday, November 11, 2021.

PRICE:

$899.

PARTICIPANT CAP:

10

WHY THIS WORKSHOP?

Feelings workshop
Join editor Patricia Lee Gauch and special guest Leah Henderson at this repeat, 4-day program. The course speaks to novelists about one of the most important aspects of writing a novel: capturing and evoking feelings. Together, we’ll workshop the great variety of ways the best novelists emotionally expand their characters’ inner and outer worlds, creating truly original stories.

  • Capture feelings in your novel to grow the inner story and achieve the most powerful, emotionally driven climax.
  • Add emotional power to your characters and your story.
  • Study renowned children’s novelists.
  • Meet one-to-one with Patricia Lee Gauch.
  • Workshop fresh ideas and breakthroughs.

Please note:
Acceptance into the program requires a brief application including a series of questions. You will be notified by September 15, 2021 of your acceptance. Questions include your goals for the course and projects that you have been working on for the past 12 months, as well as a five page sample of your writing. Apply here.

JOIN US IF:

  • You are a writer of middle grade and/or young adult novels.
  • You have an idea, nearly-finished, or finished work-in-progress. You’ll benefit from close mentoring and gain a crucial understanding of what makes novels work.
  • You are looking for a good amount of feedback on your writing.
  • You enjoy an online learning experience that you can attend LIVE for 4 days in a row. This course is best suited for writers who can attend all LIVE virtual classes, each day of the program. (Please see full agenda below for more details about the time commitment.)

PRELIMINARY AGENDA:

Pre-Course: Approximately 5 days prior to class, you will receive a firm schedule, partner assignments, submission details for in-class writing assignments, Zoom link, and an opportunity to review pre-course resources in the virtual classroom.

Monday, November 8, 2021 (approximately 3 hours total)

  • 4pm Eastern
    • Welcome and Introductions
  • 5:30pm Eastern: Break
  • 7:00pm Eastern
    • “Feelings” Discussion; parameters for workshop

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 (approximately 6 hours online, plus 2-3 hours of offline work)

  • 8:30am Eastern
    • Good morning! Come as you wake with a warm cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate for this informal gathering. There will be a brief break between the “good morning” session and our lecture.
  • 10:00am Eastern
    • Presentation: Looking for Soul
    • Followed by: Writing Assignment #1
  • 12:00pm Eastern – 3pm Eastern
    • Independent Writing + Submission
    • Partner Meetings
    • Break
  • 3:00pm Eastern
    • Presentation: Looking Sideways and Going Far Enough
    • Followed by: Writing Assignment #2
  • 4:30pm Eastern – 5:30pm Eastern
    • Independent Writing for Assignment #2
    • Break
  • 5:30pm Eastern
    • Five writers will share this afternoon’s writing assignment.
  • 6:30pm Eastern: Break
  • 7:30pm Eastern
    • Five new writers will share choice work.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 (approximately 6 hours online, plus 2-3 hours of offline work)

  • 8:30am Eastern
    • Good morning! Come as you wake with a warm cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate for this informal gathering. There will be a brief break between the “good morning” session and our lecture.
  • 10:00am Eastern
    • Presentation: Driven by Feelings
    • Followed by: Writing Assignment #3
  • 12:00pm Eastern – 3pm Eastern
    • Independent Writing + Submission
    • Partner Meetings
    • Break
  • 3:00pm Eastern
    • Presentation: Direct to the Heart
    • Followed by: Writing Assignment #4
  • 4:30pm Eastern – 5:30pm Eastern
    • Independent Writing for Assignment #4
    • Break
  • 5:30pm Eastern
    • Five writers will share this afternoon’s writing assignment.
  • 6:30pm Eastern: Break
  • 7:30pm Eastern
    • Five new writers will share choice work.

Thursday, November 11, 2021 (approximately 2.5 – 3 hours online)

  • 8:00am – 10:00am Eastern
  • Individual appointments with Patti.
  • 10:00am Eastern
    • Leah Henderson will lead discussion and activity.
  • 11:00am Eastern
    • Next steps and goodbyes with Patti.

FROM OUR COMMUNITY:

“Patti truly is incomparable. I’ve been working on honing my writing for 20+ years. I’ve had the good fortune of working with [many editors.] Nobody comes close to Patti.”

“Patti Gauch is that rare combination of someone who can inspire deeply while instructing rigorously. She gave us the tools we needed to create transcendent moments, opportunities to do so, and insightful feedback that was honest and helpful. She challenged us as writers while protecting our spirits and gifts.”

Faculty

Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has…
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Leah Henderson

Special Guest Leah Henderson has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures,…
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$899.00