As a story development editor, I have had the privilege of working with writers and their manuscripts for over twenty years. Through this process, I’ve been able to identify some basic and recurring issues that challenge writers. My workshops have been created to highlight these issues and show you how to avoid the pitfalls. They are all focused sessions and designed to encourage, inspire, and improve both your short and longer works.

Below you will see listings for my private workshops and those that I teach for The Writer's Center. All are taught online through Zoom. 

My Upcoming Zoom Workshops   

THE TINY TALES SERIES (Workshops 1, 2, 3, and 4)
Flash Fiction and Micro-Memoir

 

Over the last several years, I have designed and revised this Tiny Tales Series to include Micro-memoir, Flash Fiction, and Flash Nonfiction (stories under 1,000 words). They have remained my most popular and ongoing workshops. The series begins with an overview of the form, followed by beginning and intermediate practice, and culminates in a final workshop where we generate new writing and polish for publication.

Learning this tiny form results in big impact writing. The power of these stories lies in their brevity, often examining one small moment with an unexpected revelation. When crafted well, these little gems can take a reader's breath away by exposing new insights and truths. 

Tiny Tales (a name I call short-format writing) are certainly compelling on their own (many literary magazines are looking for quality work in this genre to publish and numerous students who have taken these workshops have placed their mini stories), but there is another benefit to mastering the form. I have found that practicing the tiny tale will make you a better writer overall. The form also lends itself well when authors are trying to construct short, powerful chapters for a novel or memoir, leaving the reader eager to turn the page.

 

DATES: Zoom, One session, Wed, May 11
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50 (*if you take two or more of the Tiny Tales Workshops in the current series, there is a 20% discount)
REGISTER: email Lynn your interest at: lynnauldschwartz@gmail.com

Workshop 1. Tiny Tales: An Introductory Overview 
What defines the short format (flash fiction and micro-memoir)? Begin to understand the techniques and benefits of writing small. This is the prerequisite class for the Tiny Tales workshops that follow.

DATES: Zoom, Four Wed eve sessions: May 25, June 1, 8, and 15
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $175 (*if you take two or more of the Tiny Tales Workshops in the current series, there is a 20% discount)
REGISTER: email Lynn your interest at: lynnauldschwartz@gmail.com

 

Workshop 2. Tiny Tales, Beginning: Take Your Writing to The Next Level with Flash Fiction and Micro-Memoir 

Prerequisite: This workshop is limited to a small group of students who have taken Lynn's Tiny Tales Introductory Overview or have a beginning grasp of the micro-memoir and/or flash fiction format.

This workshop is for beginning, short-format writers who want to try out what they have learned in the Introductory Overview workshop. Short reading assignments will illustrate craft and writing exercises will put those techniques into practice. Participants will have the opportunity to have their mini exercises discussed in class. 

*Note: If you have taken this Tiny Tales workshop before, you are welcome to repeat. Many participants find that the repetition helps them come to a deeper understanding of not only the tiny tale genre, but also, the elements of craft. 

 

DATES: Zoom, Four Wed eve sessions: July 13, 20, 27, and August 3 
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $175 (*if you take two or more of the Tiny Tales Workshops in the current series, there is a 20% discount)
REGISTER: email Lynn your interest at: lynnauldschwartz@gmail.com

 

Workshop 3. Tiny Tales, Intermediate and Almost Advanced: A Generative Lab for Creating New Writing and Polishing Works-In-Progress for Publication

Prerequisite: This workshop is limited to a small group of students who have taken Lynn's Tiny Tales Beginning Workshop 2 (or have the equivalent writing experience) and have a good grasp of the micro-memoir and/or flash fiction format.

We will be focused on producing new work and sharpening skills for short-format writing with the goal of publication. Participants who are styling their memoir or novel chapters in the short format are also encouraged to attend. 

*If you have taken this workshop before, I am happy to have you join us again.

 

DATES: Zoom, Three Thurs eve sessions: May 26, June 2, and June 9 
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $130 
REGISTER: email Lynn your interest at: lynnauldschwartz@gmail.com

 

NEW SECTION! Workshop 4. Tiny Tales, Advanced and Master: Polish, Polish, and Publish  

Prerequisite: This workshop is limited to a small group of students who have taken Lynn's Tiny Tales Beginning and Intermediate workshops and have a strong grasp of the micro-memoir and/or flash fiction format.

We will continue to focus on producing new work of your choice and polishing existing tales to submit for publication. 

FOR THE WRITER’S CENTER

DATES: Zoom, Saturday, June 4, 
9:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Mapping Strategies: Story Structure

There is no one-size-fits-all strategy for story structure. Let’s discuss a plan that is right for you. We’ll brainstorm the strengths and weaknesses of your specific story’s destination and the journey along the way. Is there a rich narrative and character arc, a strong point of entry, appropriate placement of flashbacks, a transformative and resonant ending, and will a reader care? We will play with maps, sketches, diagrams, and understand the importance of revising your initial plan as your story takes on a life of its own. This workshop is designed to inspire the confidence to start, finish, and revise your manuscript. Bring your specific idea for a short story, memoir, or novel.

DATES: Zoom, Tuesday, June 14,  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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NEW! Demystifying Dialogue

Good dialogue is a great tool for both fiction and nonfiction writers. Yet, many writers avoid it. Let’s demystify dialogue — exploring “real talk” versus written conversation, analyzing what characters should say and how they should say it, and identifying how speech creates action and propels the story forward. The appropriate use of tags, dialects, and balancing summary, direct, and indirect dialogue will also be examined. 

DATES: Zoom, Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Using Object and Image To Make A Reader Care

For your writing to have depth, you must convey your character’s emotional journey, but also create an emotional impact for your reader. Rather than spelling out a character’s feelings (anger, grief, love) in a preachy manner or telling a reader how to feel, one way to handle emotion and create layered meaning is through the repetition of an object or image (your father’s watch, a specific place, work of art, the weather, etc.). Threading an object through your story can cause the reader to better relate to the abstract feelings of your character. Reading examples and short exercises will help participants to experiment with this technique so that their chosen object will become integral to the story, conveying what is happening beneath the surface, and evoking a strong emotional response from the reader. This workshop will be helpful for writers interested in strengthening the reader’s engagement and empathy for their story, novel, or memoir.

DATES: Zoom, Saturday, July 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Art and Music as Writing Inspiration 

Are you feeling overwhelmed, unable to focus on the writing projects you had hoped to start or complete? This workshop is designed to recharge, refocus, and generate innovative ideas for your work. The process uses other art forms as inspiration. We’ll respond to a variety of visual and musical prompts including painting, sculpture, photography, short film, dance, and music video. Through short exercises, you will learn to translate those feelings of connection to the page in the format of your choice: poetry, flash fiction, micro-memoir, scene, song lyrics, etc. This workshop is open to writers of all levels who wish to explore new paths or deepen and layer existing writing. Participants will leave with renewed confidence and lots of fresh perspectives.

DATES: Zoom, Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Embracing A Creative Habit

 

We’ll identify the creative self in each of us and explore how to establish the most effective process for our ongoing artistic work. Learn to design a healthy and powerful working practice, an inspirational workspace, and techniques to combat barriers to creativity such as writer’s block, procrastination, and the inner critic. Participants will come away with new tools for discovering and developing a lasting creative habit.

DATES: Zoom,Saturday, July 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Life Stories Intensive

 

Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are. Learn to identify your story’s essence, the truth it reveals, and to engage the reader through fictional techniques. Participants will leave inspired to begin or improve a work-in-progress.