Fiction, with Ellen Bryson

January 5th, 2020 - April 18th, 2020

with Ellen Bryson

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Writing is a lovely thing to do, but it is hard, and it is solitary.   Sharing your work and your process with fellow writers can remind you that you are not in it alone. It is also a great way to improve your craft.

Here's how it works: Each month, you will submit 5,000 words of your manuscript. You will then receive critiques from your peers and Ellen (covering plot, character, structure, and overall quality of story). We'll hold two group conference calls --in month one and after month four-- so you can ask questions in real time. A private discussion board will also be open throughout the workshop where Ellen will offer craft exercises and tips to help deepen and clarify your fiction, and for the group to share ideas and resources.

This is your opportunity to receive a critique on up to 20,000 words of your manuscript by the end of the workshop. You may submit new material each time, or you may share revised pages after working through feedback. You should come away with a stronger understanding of story as well as guidance for improvement.

The group will be capped at 4 writers to keep the workload manageable.


Who this workshop is for: The workshop is best suited to writers who have completed one or more full drafts of their novel/novella.

Focus: Adult - Young Adult and Middle Grade will be considered

Group size: 6 writers

Submissions: Four submissions up to 5,000-words apiece.


Members: $355; Non-members: $410

About Ellen Bryson

Ellen Bryson authored The Transformation of Bartholomew Fortuno, a novel set in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York of 1865, about human appetites and longings, and what it means to be profoundly unique. Transformation won the San Diego Book Award for Historic Fiction, 2010, and was shortlisted for Great Britain’s Historic Writers Association’s Début Novel in 2012. It was selected Indie Pick of the Month, Notable, in July 2010, and Book-of-the-Month Club Alternative, 2010. Ellen earned her BA in English from Columbia University and her MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC. She has taught fiction classes since 2012, and currently lives in Paris, France.


1st submission: Thursday, January 2nd
Critiques due: Thursday January 16th
Conference call: Saturday January 18th 11am EST
2nd submission: Thursday January 30th
Critiques due: Thursday February 13th
3rd submission: Thursday February 27th
Critiques due: Thursday March 12th
4th submission: Thursday March 26th
Critiques due: Thursday April 9th
Conference call: Saturday April 11th, 11am EST