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 an advanced 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, Wed, Sept 28
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 15% discount)
REGISTER: email Lynn your interest at: lynnauldschwartz@gmail.com

Workshop 1. Tiny Tales: An Introductory Overview 
Learn 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, Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2
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 15% 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, Nov 16, 30, Dec 7 and 14
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 15% 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, Thurs, Nov 3
TIME: 6:30 - 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50 
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, September 17, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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Making Your Characters Matter

At the core of every good tale is a character with whom the reader wants to spend time. Discover how to move beyond the superficial and cliché, crafting characters who invite the reader to explore the human condition. Illustrations and exercises will help to uncover your character's inner values (in memoir that character is you) and present them in ways that are integral to your story. We will examine effective techniques for depicting character yearning, physical description, internal conflict, and come to understand what influences reader empathy. This workshop will benefit those writing a novel, short story, or memoir.

DATES: Zoom, Tuesday, October 11,  6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (ET)
COST: $50

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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, Saturday, November 19, 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.

DATES: Zoom, Saturday, December 3 
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.